Isn't that a great title?

This is a very short children's book, first published in the 1960s and recently reprinted. It's about a genius orphan boy who refuses to learn to spell because that would be conformist and let people know he's a genius. It is set in a vague, symbolic, and slightly surreal time period and location. The boy gets adopted by a vaguely, symbolically, and surreally evil man, meets a vaguely, symbolically, and surreally good Hunter, and makes his vague, symbolic, and surreal escape.

Obviously, this book did not work for me. I could not get over the hero's voice sounding totally unlike an actual boy, even though it's written retrospectively. Also, since he was supposedly a genius, I would have liked to see him do something unusually intelligent occasionally rather than merely being clever with language, which one expects in a published book anyway.

However, since it has been reprinted with an afterword, I gather that some people rate it much higher than I do. Apparently it was groundbreakingly dark for its time. (Was it really?)
Isn't that a great title?

This is a very short children's book, first published in the 1960s and recently reprinted. It's about a genius orphan boy who refuses to learn to spell because that would be conformist and let people know he's a genius. It is set in a vague, symbolic, and slightly surreal time period and location. The boy gets adopted by a vaguely, symbolically, and surreally evil man, meets a vaguely, symbolically, and surreally good Hunter, and makes his vague, symbolic, and surreal escape.

Obviously, this book did not work for me. I could not get over the hero's voice sounding totally unlike an actual boy, even though it's written retrospectively. Also, since he was supposedly a genius, I would have liked to see him do something unusually intelligent occasionally rather than merely being clever with language, which one expects in a published book anyway.

However, since it has been reprinted with an afterword, I gather that some people rate it much higher than I do. Apparently it was groundbreakingly dark for its time. (Was it really?)
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