When I was Five I Killed Myself

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Overlook Press, 2000 - Fiction - 191 pages
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Burton Rembrandt has the sort of perspective on life that is almost impossible for adults to understand: that of an eight-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 the 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. Rarely has a child's particular frame of mind been so indelibly set down on the page as in this extraordinary novel. InWhen I Was Five I Killed Myself, Howard Buten renders with astounding insight and wry language the tale of a young boy testing the boundaries of love and life.

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User Review  - Alexandria Smith - Goodreads

Firstly let me say that my copy of this book is half the size of a regular paperback and could be considered 'pocket sized'. But does size matter? When a story packs this much punch, definitely not ... Read full review

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This book made me understand that adults don't really understand children at all. And that good intentions and being kind are not enough at all. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

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. In 1991, he was named a Chevalier des Artes et Lettres, France s highest literary honor. He divides his time between New York and Paris.

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