“The Daydreamer” by Ian McEwan

“The Daydreamer” by Ian McEwan, is one of the most interesting and well-written pieces of literature that I have read in a long time.

The book was written for children, but its marvelous imagery and ideas are inspiring to minds of all ages. The main character is a young ten-year-old boy named Peter. McEwan immediately portrays Peter’s character, capturing his young personality and mind with remarkable clarity:

“When Peter Fortune was ten years old, grown-up people sometimes used to tell him he was a difficult child. He never understood what they meant…

It was not until he had been a grown-up himself for many years that Peter finally understood. They thought he was difficult because he was so silent. That seemed to bother people. The other problem was he liked being by himself. Not all the time, of course. Not even every day. But most days he liked to go off somewhere for an hour-to his bedroom, or the park. He liked to be alone and think his thoughts.

Now, grown-ups like to think they know what‘s going on inside a ten-year-old‘s head. And it‘s impossible to know what someone is thinking if they keep quiet about it.”

McEwan takes us inside the mind of Peter, and what an interesting mind it is! “The Daydreamer” shows us Peter’s extraordinary ideas and imagination. From the body of a cat, to that of a baby, to that of an adult, Peter’s life is more than other’s could ever realize.

“The Daydreamer” is wonderfully written, celebrating the imagination in all its power and scope. It’s ideas and descriptive passages stick in the memory long after the book has been read. I would highly recommend that you read the book yourself to experience this wonderful book by Ian McEwan.

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Inkweaver Review 2008-03-18T11:10:00-05:00

6 replies so far. What are your thoughts?

Unknown said...

great review. i am a fan of mcewan, but hadn't read that book.

NathanKP said...


If you like McEwan, then you should definitely read this book. As I said, it is one of my favorites.

Anonymous said...

i agree, great review (:
(the book is also very good)

chloe said...


Anonymous said...

Amazing book
Read it and learnt LOADS!! Very good for a teen girl or boy.
Great review,very detailed!

Anonymous said...

This is an amazing book review and encouraged me to read the book so I read the book. However I didn't enjoy the book.