The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

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Coming soon as a major motion picture by Anthony Minghella, Oscar-winning director of The English Patient

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.

Publisher: New York : Tin House/Bloomsbury, 2005.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781582345178
1582345171
Branch Call Number: JEN
Characteristics: 227 p.
Alternative Title: 9th life of Louis Drax

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GLNovak
Sep 11, 2013

Louis Drax has died many times and now he is on his ninth life - like a cat - but this time he may not recover. He is in a coma and how he got there, how it happened and who is responsible are the questions needing answers. I loved the mystery of it all, the trying to figure out relationships revealed only through the perspectives of the doctors, the police and Louis himself. What is real and what is perception. This is an easy read so you don't have to wait long for resolution.

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macierules
Jan 29, 2011

I loved the suspense and the plot kept me guessing up until the end. This is being made into a movie - and it will be terrific!

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