Sofiya (sophiya) wrote,

R. L. Stine. The Cuckoo Clock of Doom

Сын читает рассказы-ужастики «Goosebumps HorrorLand» американского писателя Р. Л. Стайна. Одна из книжек совсем, как оказалось, не страшная, особенно этот: "Часы с кукушкой". На русском языке книги Стайна из этой серии не издавались.

Прочитала детскую книжку и осталась в растерянности.
Не совсем педагогичная книжка, но с очень интересным концом.

Тем, кто хочет прочитать по-английски - советую прочитать. :-) Написано очень смешно местами, но в конце МНЕ не смешно, хотя комедия положения вроде как остается.
Написано легко, просто, и даже непонятные английские слова встречаются очень редко, причем не мешают пониманию.
Суть в том, что я не знаю, как интерпретировать концовку, хорошая она или плохая... Можете высказать свое мнение?

Дело в том, что ситуация с данными детьми просто часто совпадает с тем, что творится на самом деле и у нас. И у многих других. Младший ребенок - "ангел", а старший - вроде как и во всем виноват.
Повествование ведется от лица старшего. Ему сестрена испортила и день рождения, и перед любимой девочкой поставила в неудобное положение, и после баскетбола мальчика побили поскольку она подложила брату кепку (любимую кепку одного мощного парня) в сумку... Сестренка - просто ужасная. Причем это, как оказалось, изначально она была такой, издевалась над братом и в 2 годика... Но что было бы, если бы сестренки на самом деле не было, если бы она и не родилась?

В фильме (20 минут) по мотивам этого рассказа многое не как в книге, но суть одна.

В фильме -  те же часы с кукушкой, которые и есть фантастический элемент - машина времени...
В итоге мне как маме хотелось бы, чтобы у мальчика было сожаление... ну где сестра... ну почему теперь у него нет этого пусть и пакостного, но родного человечка? И выходит, что это даже и хорошо, что нет.
В концовке речь идет о том, что мальчик думает, надо бы снова вернуться в прошлое (ought to do that) и вернуть сестренку. Maybe. Может быть... А ведь, скорее всего, ему эта сестренка-то и не нужна. Без неё ж лучше.
И мне от этого как-то грустно.

Если бы хоть чего-то хорошего рассказали про сестренку в этой книжке - ведь он бы точно вернулся. Ну не бывает абсолютно плохих сестер, а?
Краткий пересказ книжки в пять абзацев.

The main character is Michael Webster, a 12-year-old boy, telling the story from his perspective. He has a crush on Mona Deaton, his classmate. He begins by talking about his sister, Tara, who is always lying and getting him into trouble. Unfortunately, Tara never gets blamed for these things. On his 12th birthday, Tara ruins everything; she scratches his present, a new bicycle, tells his crush that Mike likes her (as well as opening all of Michael's presents ahead of him, including a CD she says that has great love songs on it), and purposely trips him while he is carrying his birthday cake, resulting in the cake splattering over Michael's face.

A few days later, his father purchases an antique cuckoo clock from a local store, Anthony's Antiques, that is supposed to have one flaw. He'd been admiring the clock for fifteen years. It's been said that if a person can figure out the clock's secret, it can be used to go back in time. Tara fools around with the clock, and her father gets very angry. This gives Michael an idea on how to get back at Tara. That night, when the clock strikes midnight, Michael sneaks downstairs and touches the cuckoo's head and twists it around backwards. He hopes this will get Tara in trouble for sure. Apparently, this little act is the secret to going back in time. Michael wakes up and realizes that it's his 12th birthday all over again. At midnight, he tries to turn the head back to normal, but he realizes that the clock hasn't been bought yet. He heads back to bed, and wakes up a few days earlier. He remembers the day was when his frog costume for the play "The Frog Prince" gets its zipper stuck. He tries to change events by not going upstairs after walking like a robot up to his room (implying that the events would happen one way or another) then forcing himself to stop and walk back downstairs, but the girls arrive and although he tries to get out of it, they talk him into doing it anyway. So he decides this time he'd lock the door. He forgets that the lock is broken because it was fixed on his birthday and the girls see him in his underwear just like originally. The next day is worse. He has a generally bad day at school, having getting beaten to a pulp by star athlete Kevin Flowers, after Tara sneaks Kevin's favorite cap into Michael's backpack. He starts to worry, and tries to tell his family. They trick Michael by saying things and walking backwards. He realizes when Tara calls him a moron [she say norom because they are doing it backwards].

He realizes the days are getting worse. When he wakes up the next morning, he doesn't notice anything different. But when he walks in the door of his classroom, he realizes the truth: he's back in third grade. He is disgusted at his immature friends, and goes to sleep thinking that he might be erased for good but through the day he notices he has more freedom than before and isn't being pushed by fate into embarrassment. The next day after that, Michael is in second grade. After Tara pokes him in the eye, he wonders what the pre-Tara years were like since his doesn't remember much from before age five. That afternoon, he heads over to Anthony's Antiques, only to find it closed. He attempts to break a window with a brick, but his dad catches him and takes him home, criticizing him of going on the bus alone, but Michael butters his dad up so that he wouldn't be to upset. He tries to talk his dad about the clock and he comments that he's been saving up for years to buy it. The next day, he wakes up and notices he's back in his old bedroom (now Tara's room), and he's five years old, and thus, in kindergarten. He is bored and inattentive, faced with problems such as tying his shoes (and since he still has the brain and mind power of a 12-year-old, he does it very easily). The next day he wakes up a year younger, his four year old self is taken to nursery school. He confuses his young friends with his teenage level logic like when he climbs a tree and when they taunt him for being scared, he replies "I'm climbing the stupid tree" and says that means he's not scared, he even goes on to break his arm again as he did in nursery school.

The next morning, Mike wakes up in what he thinks is prison, until he realizes he can barely walk. He soon realizes he's a baby, wearing a diaper. Unable to escape his crib because of his weakened muscles, and unable to talk properly, he feels trapped. After having a bottle-feeding, a diaper change, and a minute in the baby pen, Mike starts to feel like he will never get to the clock and that this day as a baby might be his last, and even if not, he'd be too young to do anything on his last day where logically he'd be a newborn. His mother takes him to see his "daddy" at work, and Michael realizes this is his chance. His parents are heading into Anthony's Antiques. While his parents look for a new kitchen table, he crawls quickly towards the cuckoo clock. Just as it rings for a 12th time, he grabs the head and twists it forward again, then sets the year dial to 1995, accidentally knocking an unknown year off in the process. There is a bright flash, and Michael is taken back to the morning of his 12-year-old birthday.

Not quite the present, but close enough, Michael is almost happy to see Tara again, but he can't seem to find her. During his birthday without Tara, his bike isn't scratched, his birthday cake is actually eaten and Mona's best friend tells Michael that Mona has a crush on him. A few days later, the clock is delivered and Michael finds the clock's defect; its year dial is now without 1988 (the year Tara was born), preventing Tara from coming into existence when Michael returned to the present. However, Michael assures that later he'll go back and get Tara (though, given the humiliation Tara put Michael through earlier in the book, it can be deduced that Michael will never go back in time to get his sister back).
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