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by Howard Buten

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When I was five I killed myself. When I got here the first person I met was Mrs Cochrane. She came to meet me at the desk where I was with my mom and dad. Everybody shook hands but me. I was waiting for Popeye who comes after the News. He has large wrists for a person and he is strong to the finish.

Howard Buten has had seven novels published in France and has been published to wide acclaim in seven other European countries. In 1991, Buten was named a Chevalier des Artes et Lettres, France's highest literary honour. He lives in New York and Paris. Библиографические данные. When I Was Five I Killed Myself.

A sensitive eight-year-old Burt is frightened by many things in the world around hi. .Wall Street Journal 'This book poignantly captures the profound gap that exists between children and adults.When I Was Five I Killed Myself is a stirring and often funny tale told from the point of view of a bewildered child. Wall Street Journal 'This book poignantly captures the profound gap that exists between children and adults, the constant struggle for even the brightest, most willing children to make sense of the swirl of words, actions and rules that constrain their lives. Detroit Free Press show more.

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The more you learn about novelist Howard Buten, the more clear it becomes that somehow, there is an active child mulling about in his head. For a man in his middle ages, this seems enigmatic at best, but for a writer in his middle ages, it explains some.

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He is a big grease who is friends with Marty Polaski ith a garbage can and we both ran home. When I got home the first thing my mom said was Don’t open up your mouth, because my pants were green on the knees from the grass. They were new, I got them at West’s Clothing where they don’t have doors on the little rooms and a girl saw my underpants. It’s a crime, said my mother. Who beat you up this time?.

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When I Was Five I Killed. has been added to your Basket. After reading this I watch the film 'Moonrise Kingdom' and bits of that reminded me of this book, but the book is not actually that similar to Moonrise Kingdom at all! Definitely worth reading if you want to try something diff from the norm and don't mind being pushed out of your comfort zone, as some parts of the book, especially the ending, definitely do that.

Burton Rembrandt has the sort of perspective on life that is almost impossible for adults to understand: the perspective of an 8-year-old. And to Burt, his parents and teachers seem to be speaking a language he cannot understand. This is Burt's story as written in pencil on the walls of Quiet Room in the Children's Trust Residence Center, where he lands after expressing his ardent feelings for a classmate. It begins: When I was five I killed myself.... In this rediscovered modern classic from "one of France's best-loved temporary writers" (Time), Howard Buten renders with astounding insight and wry language the tale of a troubled -- or perhaps just perfectly normal -- young boy testing the boundaries of love and life.

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I can say that this book was thought-provoking. It made the point that we ascribe adult motivation onto children, when most of the time, they do things simply because they thought it would be fun or were curious. The book makes you wait until the end to find out what the major event was that got Burt committed to the facility. I may go back and read the book again, to experience it knowing the crime. It is frustrating at times because I wasn't sure if Burt was describing things he imagined, if they were daydreams, or hallucinations. The book never makes that clear.
With a title like that, it’s hard not to be intrigued by what this book has to offer. I found myself immediately drawn to it. I was curious about the plot and how literal the title is in relation to it.
I wonder why I didn’t just stop reading but I guess it’s because I have often been told that any book that elicits a strong reaction from you is a good book. So, I just kept going.
But to be quite honest what with it being about a kid who’s trying to make sense of all that’s he’s done and how permanent the ‘damage’ he caused really is, it wasn’t difficult to continue.
Also, I rather enjoyed the writing style of the author and how he put together the voice of Burt (the main character/narrator). I instantly found myself thrown into the thought process of this strange yet smart 8 year old kid. At times, I could almost sense how he was confused, hurt and angry even If I didn’t always know the cause of it. The writing really did feel palpable and while all that would normally make it a great read there was just something missing.
I suppose it could be how hollow the characters that I came across while reading this book were. How Burt’s parents acted on fear, never once bothering to sit down with their child to figure out his side of the story. Or, the doctor at the children’s trust centre who at times seemed to view him as an adult instead of the child he is and even the intern’s actions seemed predictable when dealing with Burt. Making his presence nothing more than something to challenge the status quo.
Despite everything I mentioned above, I would still want people to read this just to see what kind of conversations it could spark. I’m sure they’ll be nothing if not interesting.
A beautiful book
"Getting in touch with your inner child" has been given an entirely new voice. "When I Was Five, I Killed Myself", a re-release of an amazing story by Howard Buten, has just found new life on this side of the ocean. Originally published as "Burt" here in the States in 1981, this original and fresh young adult book didn't find immediate success. Buten then published it in France, where it (and he) became known as "one of France's best-loved contemporary writers", even though the author and the story are both American. Go figure.
"When I Was Five..." is the wholly original story of Burton Rembrandt, a precocious and misunderstood young man, trying to grow up around adults who seem to have landed here from another planet. None of their words or actions make much sense to Burton...or Burt...but, neither does he to those who must try and to understand and deal with his unique way of seeing the world around him. When an event transpires totally out of Burt's control, and the resulting backlash lands him in The Children's Trust Residence Center, Burt finds himself in a dangerous and completely alien new world. Nothing makes sense to him anymore...and he reacts in the only way he knows how...by throwing tantrums, aching to voice not only his confusion at the treatment he's recieving, but also at his frustration with not being able to communicate with adults.
Told completely from Burt's point of view, this story is one of the most intelligent and lyrical stories ever written. Given the mysticism of youth and told in a voice that is at once immature and completely adult, this goes down as one of the most influential books I have ever read in this genre. It's message and story literally took my breath away at times...and it's importance lingers long after I've read the last word.
This is a beautiful novel. Getting frustrated not being able to find novel "novels" to suit my taste I stumbled upon this gem during my "reading crisis" and started to read it. I admit, I was intrigued by the title and that is why i snatched it from its warm surrounding in the store. Experiencing the mind and situations from Burt's view is a different experience. We all try to remember what it was like when we were kids, but this is different. There are nuances and traits in here that we forget. Innocence that we as adults cannot fathom anymore. And through Burt's writings we are also seeing how a child's mind will piece together a history of experiences and illusions to convey a thread reality. Buten, a clinical psychologist and performing artist (Buffo the clown) doesn't just present an 8-year-old character. He brings that child to life. I have a friend that has 10 year old son. I have known these two for a few years. As I was reading this book I could hear all everything in Chris' voice.
This book keeps hidden the reason why Burt is in the Children's Trust Residence Center until the end. The ending reveals a warmth, compassion and yet a haunting feeling. Very moving.
I want to say more, but I don't want to take away from anyone's reading experience, should they read this.
When I Was Five I Killed Myself download epub
Author: Howard Buten
ISBN: 0743423003
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Contemporary
Language: English
Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (July 1, 2001)
Pages: 192 pages