The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart – Mathias Malzieu

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is a short book written by French singer Mathias Malzieu. It starts out as a dark fairytale about a boy called Jack who is born with a frozen heart. The midwife saves his life by attaching a cuckoo-clock to keep his heart beating, but always warns him to stay away from strong emotions. At the age of 10 Jack falls in love with a beautiful street singer – an act which puts his life in danger.

The writing is beautiful, it’s enchanting and very poetic. As Jack ages the story starts to get more realistic, though the writing stays magical. It seems this is being made into a film that will be written and directed by the authory Mathias Malzieu, I can’t wait!

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