Title: The Pull of the Ocean
Author: Jean-Claude Mourlevat
Page Count: 190
On a stormy night, little Yann Doutreleau wakes up his six older brothers, all twins. He lets them know they must flee their home-or risk being killed by their violent father. Without question, the siblings follow Yann into the wet darkness. And so begins their remarkable odyssey towards the ocean-as well as an unforgettable story of brotherhood.
The social worker investigating the Doutreleau family, the truck driver who gives the boys a lift, the police officer alerted to their disappearance, the baker who gives them bread-each of the many people the seven boys encounter gives a stirring account of what he or she witnesses. The twins themselves add their voices, as do the Doutreleau parents; but not until the end of the journey does little Yann express the reasons for his galvanizing actions.
Jean-Claude Mourlevat's social fable, a modern reinterpretation of "Tom Thumb," deftly gives life to memorable characters and explores resonating themes.
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This book is so amazing and powerful, I can't even believe it. It has plot twists at every turn, but the kind of gentle plot twist that makes you feel emotional, instead of like, Whoa, what? It took me longer than I expected to finish this book, because I feel that that is okay, because it is such a powerful book. It is a great mystery, with a wildly unexpected ending. This book made me feel emotion, and the characters are relatively easy to connect to.
The Bottom Line: Great, emotional, unexpected mystery