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Toys food and time preservedThe Dream Room by Marcel Mring trans Stacey Knecht 118pp FlamingoOne of the many remarkable achievements of this precise yet mysterious novel is its brevity into its 120-odd pages Marcel Mring folds a war memoir a family psychodrama and a meditation on time and memory With a winning lightness of touch he pinpoints that cusp of adolescence when a child begins to wake up to what he is feeling the first nudge in the back that later becomes the rhythm of life itself grown-up life and to apprehend the multi-layered pasts that have made his parents what they are His narrator David a grave precocious 12-year-old paints a scenario of simple fairytale charm he lives above a toyshop with his dynamic mother and absent-minded inventor father in a bubble where everything was quiet and sheltered and friendly A childs favourite story tends to be the one of how they came to exist in the world and Davids myth of origins has an unusually poetic certainty His mother Julia a nurse instantly recognised something in his father when he was brought into hospital after a terrible flying accident and fainted with love and compassion when the surgeon began to operate And so they met the pilot who fell from the sky and the nurse who fell to the floor Except that his father Philip could no longer fulfil his passion for flight and now years later David comes home from school to find that both parents have lost their jobs No matter - David who already cooks for the family comes up with a plan to save them that might in a different novel look like cruel irony making model aeroplanes The shabby flat is filled with colourful enticing boxes and dull lumps of grey plastic intimacy and absence the certitude of parental love and the fading of adult hopes Outside reality encroaches in the shape of terrible rains that bring the
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