Mr Vertigo by Paul Auster

‘You’re no better than an animal, a piece of human nothingness. If you stay where you are, you’ll be dead before the winter is out. If you come with me, I’ll teach you how to fly.

Prepared to be rocketed away when Mr Vertigo is lain before your eyes! This book is no fairy tales with angels in it, this is the 1900’s when a remarkable man meets a remarkable boy.Meet Walt.

Walt’s life is turned upside-down when a man with a silk suit and a top hat appears out of nowhere. He claims to have watched Walt for a week and is now Walt’s guardian for as long as he lives. He whisks Walt away to a farm with a hunchback called Aesop and a mother Sue, the first two friends he has ever had.

Then he begins training, from being buried alive to being covered naked in honey and stand whilst millions of wasps swarm over him in gleaming sunshine. But all for one thing. One thing no one has done before. To be a bird. To fly.

This book should be for adults but teenagers can read it (if allowed!).

I give this book five stars because it is magical but at the same time, it feels very real.


The publisher is Faber & Faber.

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