The Ninth Life of Louis Drax: A Novel

by Liz Jensen | Teens |
ISBN: 1582345171 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 12/26/2006
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2 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Meet Louis Drax, the Amazing Accident-Prone Boy.
Louis Drax is a boy like no other. He is brilliant and strange, and every year something violent seems to happen to him. His psychologist is baffled, and his mother lives in a constant state of panic. He has always managed to survive-to land on his feet, like a cat. But cats have only nine lives, and Louis has used up eight, one for every year.
On his ninth birthday, Louis goes on a picnic with his parents and falls off a cliff. The details are shrouded in mystery. Louis''s mother is shell-shocked; his father has vanished. And after some confusion Louis himself, miraculously alive but deep in a coma, arrives at Dr. Pascal Dannachet''s celebrated coma clinic.
Was the fall really an accident? If anyone knows, they''re not telling. Until one day, still deep within his coma, Louis meets the bandaged figure who calls himself Gustave, and begins to tell his tale...
The Ninth Life of Louis Drax is the story of a family falling apart, told in the vivid voices of its comatose son and Dr. Dannachet as he is drawn into the Draxes'' circle. Full of astonishing twists and turns, this is a masterful tale of the secrets the human mind can hide

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, May 14, 2010
Louis is a very accident prone boy. Every year he has a horrendous accident from which he survives. This year while on a picnic with his parents for his ninth birthday he falls over a cliff. Louis dies but is brought back to life and ends up in a coma. This story is told by Louis and his doctor (Dr. Pascal Dannachet).

Louis' mother is in shock, his father has disappeared and Louis is in a coma. What happened? Louis slowly unravels the bizarre and dark tale while the doctor relates his own impressions and feelings.

I loved this story but felt the doctor's actions were truly creepy and unbelieveable. A great psychological thriller!

Journal Entry 3 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Reading now!

Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Monday, May 24, 2010
Louis Drax is an accident-prone boy. He's also much more intelligent than a child of his age is usually, which earns him the nickname of "Wacko Boy" at school. Louis has a therapist Fat Perez, whom notices that Louis is stuck on the idea that his father is not his real father. Several encounters with his father and mother seem to confirm this idea in Louis' head. During a family picnic, a fight occurs and Louis falls off a cliff, almost killing him and Louis' dad disappears. Louis is brought to Dr. Dannachet who specializes in coma patients, but Dr. Dannachet starts to unravel what really happened during that picnic and both his family and the Drax family start to fall apart.

This book is quite twisted and different from any other book I've read. Despite the fact that certain aspects of the story could never happen, the story pulls it off and makes the book quite the page turner. I never really liked Dr. Dannachet because I don't believe he could fall in love so easily but I really enjoyed Louis' story, including the narrative during his coma. Quite an interesting book!

Journal Entry 5 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Saturday, June 12, 2010
mailed today to my birthday partner

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