Book Review || The Boy With the Cuckoo Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu

I purchased The Boy With the Cuckoo Clock Heart on sale several years ago, and was sparked into action to read it after watching the beginning of the film based on it. My curiosity was piqued by little details, like a woman whom I was certain was a prostitute and other innuendos inappropriate for the age group I thought the book was directed at, being children. I was wrong, though - the subject matter is at times quite adult, and it's a little disturbing to find out the hamster's name is Cunnilingus.

Also, the film was utterly confusing, and I really don't think you would understand it unless you've read the book first. Certain scenes in the film were simply trippy, such as Jack's first dance with Miss Acacia and him being attacked by Jack the Ripper.

Regardless, the book really is wonderful. Malzieu is a French singer and his talent as a songwriter comes through clearly in the imaginative, evocative, and seductive poetry of his prose. His descriptions of scenery, landscapes, events, and even people is beautifully done, and his characters are effortlessly interesting and have depth.

I have been left very interested in the work of his band Dionysos, although I am sadly French-less :) What is really impressive, though, is that Malzieu thinks of his books as films as he writing them: he even composes a soundtrack around the story, and I guess this is where the basis for the film came from. The film is quite arty and has won a few awards.

Have you read the book or seen the film? What did you think?