The broken mirror jonathan coe

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Lo specchio dei desideri by Jonathan Coe

Un giorno la piccola Claire, sottraendosi ai genitori litigiosi, si rifugia nella discarica dietro casa, dove trova uno specchietto rotto dal quale si sente stranamente attratta. È un brutto pezzo di vetro tagliente, ma ha il magico potere di trasformare anche la più squallida realtà in un mondo fiabesco: il cielo bigio nel riflesso diventa azzurro paradiso e la casa di Claire, una modesta villetta di periferia, si trasforma in un castello turrito sormontato da fantastiche conchiglie. Intanto il tempo passa e Claire cresce, sempre accompagnata dal suo specchio magico, in cui può vedere il proprio viso senza l’acne dell’adolescenza, e il padre che abbraccia teneramente la madre al pub. Ma nella realtà il padre sta flirtando con la sua nuova fidanzata, per la quale abbandonerà la famiglia, e il ragazzo di cui Claire è innamorata sta con la sua peggiore nemica. Quello specchio crea solo illusioni e Claire, arrabbiata, sta quasi per buttarlo, quando interviene Peter, un ex compagno delle medie. Ma quando lui la invita a uscire una sera e le dà appuntamento alla discarica, Claire rimane sbigottita: anche Peter ha trovato un pezzo di specchio rotto, che in realtà è il tassello di un puzzle più ampio.
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From award-winning novelist Jonathan Coe and distinguished Italian artist Chiara Coccorese comes The Broken Mirror , a political parable for children, a contemporary fairy tale for adults, and a fable for all ages. One day Claire, to escape her quarrelsome parents, takes refuge in the dump behind her house. There she finds a broken mirror, a nasty piece of sharp glass… yet she is strangely drawn to it. As Claire grows older, always accompanied by her magic mirror, she can see her face without her teenage acne, and her town before it fell victim to thieving property developers. But, in reality, libraries are being turned into luxury flats wherever she looks, and the boy Claire loves is instead her worst enemy. Previously published in Italian, French, Greek and Dutch, The Broken Mirror comes to life in English for the first time, to be read with equal pleasure by children and adults.

From award-winning novelist Jonathan Coe and distinguished Italian artist Chiara Coccorese comes The Broken Mirror, a political parable for.
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At the end of the process, I was seized with the desire to attempt something generically similar, albeit of far smaller scope and ambition. Where to start? Like many authors, I have a stash of unpublished manuscripts in a bottom drawer, and sometimes I cling to the idea that they might be worth exhuming. Of course, they never are. On a reread it turned out that this one — about the adventures of four children who discover a fragment of broken mirror that reflects an alternative world — began promisingly enough before degenerating into a flagrant Narnia rip-off. It was doubly disappointing, because the initial premise seemed good.

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