Madeleine's World: A Child's Journey from Birth to Age Three

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Houghton Mifflin, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 262 pages
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What might it feel like to be six months old? To have only recently discovered that your hands are your own and that not all round things are breasts? Or to celebrate your first birthday when you don't understand "first" and "birth" yet, and aren't sure about "day"? Or to wonder what the moon is and whether it's farther away than airplanes or the flies on the ceiling? Or to first figure out that books tell a story? Or that places stay and time passes? What might be the shape of your first inkling that you have a past? That words represent things? That you can imagine something that isn't true? That you are getting bigger? That your parents are fallible? That your will and theirs are not the same? That things die, and so will you? That you are a person with a history. This book is a biography of Brian Hall's daughter, Madeleine. Like traditional biographies, it begins with its subject's birth. Unlike them, it ends on her third birthday. Along the way, it describes the transition from in

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User Review  - Jennie_103 - LibraryThing

At first glance, you may think, 'how ridiculous, a three year old hasn't have much life yet to have a biography about' but Hall proves you wrong in an amazing way. The first three years of your life ... Read full review

Madeleine's world: a child's journey from birth to age three

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Hall (The Saskiad, LJ 11/1/96) narrates the evolution and growth of his daughter from birth to age three. Through the loving eyes of her father, we see Madeleine's thought patterns and behavior ... Read full review


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About the author (1997)

Besides Brian Hall's latest work, Madeleine's World, his previous writings include two novels, The Saskiad and The Dreamers; two nonfiction books, Stealing from a Deep Place: Travels in Southeastern Europe and the Impossible Country: A Journey Through the Last Days of Yugoslavia; and articles for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and Granta. Hall currently lives in Ithaca, New York.

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