Heartsnatcher

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Dalkey Archive Press, 2003 - Fiction - 245 pages
17 Reviews
Set in a bizarre and slightly sinister town where the elderly are auctioned off at an Old Folks Fair, the townspeople assail the priest in hopes of making it rain, and the official town scapegoat bears the shame of the citizens by fishing junk out of the river with his teeth. Heartsnatcher is Boris Vian's most playful and most serious work.
The main character is Clementine, a mother who punishes her husband for causing her the excruciating pain of giving birth to three babies. As they age, she becomes increasingly obsessed with protecting them, going so far as to build an invisible wall around their property.
  

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Review: Heartsnatcher

User Review  - Jonathan - Goodreads

So, there are enough reviews already out there dealing with plot and themes and all that jazz, so I will simply say I dug it, daddio. However, what I did not expect was the Wakean wordplay (which ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nathanimal - Goodreads

Why, oh why did I let you sit on my shelf so long, little Heartsnatcher? At first Vian seems like he's just goofing off. He's writing a novel as one tries on a costume and prances around in it. Behold ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
13
Section 4
71
Section 5
75
Section 6
90
Section 7
107
Section 8
153
Section 9
175
Section 10
178
Section 11
247
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About the author (2003)

Vian was an engineer, inventor, jazz trumpeter, actor, recording artist, and prolific writer.

Stanley Chapman is Emeritus Professor of Business History, University of Nottingham.

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