When I Was Five I Killed Myself

Front Cover
Simon and Schuster, Jul 1, 2001 - Fiction - 192 pages
58 Reviews
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.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
14
4 stars
20
3 stars
12
2 stars
9
1 star
3

Review: When I Was Five I Killed Myself

User Review  - Lija - Goodreads

I wouldn't necessarily say I enjoyed it, but it certainly made me think. Read full review

Review: When I Was Five I Killed Myself

User Review  - Julia - Goodreads

A roller coaster of a book - I read it in a day as I couldn't put it down. The main character Burton Rembrant - a young boy who has been sent to a kind of hospital for doing something "bad" has a ... Read full review

Selected pages

Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
9
Section 3
11
Section 4
20
Section 5
23
Section 6
32
Section 7
41
Section 8
50
Section 13
96
Section 14
113
Section 15
124
Section 16
134
Section 17
141
Section 18
148
Section 19
155
Section 20
173

Section 9
58
Section 10
69
Section 11
81
Section 12
94
Section 21
183
Section 22
189
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2001)

Howard Buten, the author of seven novels published in France, is a performing artist known as Buffo the clown, who has played opera houses around the world. A clinical psychologist who won France's highest literary honor (Chevalier des Artes et Lettres) in 1991, he divides his time between Paris and New York.

Bibliographic information