Daniel Pennac Interview

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An interview with Daniel Pennac, in The Indpendent. As well as writing adult thrillers, Pennac has written children's books such as Dog and Eye Of The Wolf

"Pennac worked for over 25 years as a teacher, mainly with educationally deprived children, and still accepts every invitation to address classes, whether in nursery schools or ?lite universities. Comme un roman (Like a novel, 1992), his wonderful hymn to the joys of reading, savages the kind of education which puts many off literature for life. It also contains a vivid description of a teacher confronting a group of morose "washed-up" teenagers: the "obligatory rocker", a girl "drowned in her father's shirt", another done up like "a Sicilian widow". Yet as soon as he reads aloud, the class becomes entranced by Calvino, Dostoyevsky, Saki, Stevenson and Wilde..."

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