It has already been optioned by miramax, with anthony. The ninth life of louis drax contains many heartstopping moments where the tension is cranked up almost to breaking point daily telegraph from booklist here is the breakout novela literary thriller thats almost impossible to put downfor british writer jensen egg dancing, 1996. When i heard the movie was in production, the synopsis made it even more interesting to me so i finally had to give it a go the fact that jamie dornan will be a lead role is purely a bonus, i promise. After surviving eight neardeath accidents throughout his unlucky life, louis drax aiden longworth plunges off a steep cliff on. On his ninth birthday, he goes to a picnic with his beautiful mother natalie and his father peter nearby a cliff. Goodreads members who liked the ninth life of louis drax also. French horror director alexandre aja high tension, the hills have eyes tries to juggle a jumble of images and tonal shifts here as he did in his 2014 film horns, which. The morbidly imaginative and sharply intuitive boy from a provincial city in france has survived eight. Louis falls off a cliff on his 9th birthday after surviving 8 suspicious accidents in the last 8 years. The 9th life of louis drax relies heavily, at least in the introductory scene setting, on voiceover from aiden longworth as the title character. Aug 29, 2016 the latest supernatural film to hit theaters, the 9th life of louis drax, is more thriller than horror, but its still pretty creepy. The 9th life of louis drax 2016 alexandre aja synopsis. The ninth life of louis drax is a interesting story about a extraordinary boy who is somewhat misunderstood and mature for his age. It was written by max minghella based on liz jensen s bestselling novel of the same title.
I liked louis, he was a interesting character, i enjoyed reading his thoughts. While police investigate the cause of louis s nearfatal fall and the whereabouts of his violent father, peter, acclaimed neurologist dr. The why and the how are the stuff of the novelists art in all three books. Louis drax, a 9yearold boy, narrates a series of nearfatal accidents, the most recent being a suspicious. Soon to be a major feature film starring jamie dornan fifty shades of grey. The 9th life of louis drax dvd chicago public library. The 9 th life of louis drax is a twisty, hitchcockian thriller mixed with trippy moments of magical realism. In brief nineyearold louis drax lies in a coma in a hospital bed, reliving the events that led to his nearfatal fall into a ravine. This books begins when 8year old louis drax is brought to a hospital in a deep coma, after previously being misdiagnosed as dead. Nineyearold louis drax, disturbed and accidentprone from birth, wanders away from a picnic site in the auvergne. Louis distraught mother, natalie sarah gadon, waits by his bed and consults with the handsome, married dr. The ninth life of louis drax is the story of a family falling apart, told in the vivid voices of its comatose son and dr. The 9th life of louis drax terrible things keep happening to a 9yearold boy, who narrates the mystery of his own nearmurder from a coma in this undercooked thriller from. On his ninth birthday, louis suffers a mysterious fall from a cliff and ends up in dr.
Before long, natalie and the doctor begin to develop. The ninth life of louis drax 2006 read online free books. When he falls off a cliff during a picnic, the accident seems almost predestined. Horror filmmaker alexandre aja turns in a tonally odd supernatural thriller which hits its stride. Read the ninth life of louis drax 2006 online free. Sep 02, 2016 the 9th life of louis drax is rated r under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian for sexual themes and disturbing imagery. Louis father, peter, who has disappeared, may have been responsible. Apr 04, 2005 the ninth life of louis drax is a interesting story about a extraordinary boy who is somewhat misunderstood and mature for his age. The boy louis drax is a survivor along his life, escaping from death for eight times. Despite being attracted to the boys mother natalie drax, louis doctor, pascal dannachet, begins reluctantly to question her version of louis accident and the apparent culpability of her missing husband. He tells you what life was like before his accident.
Also sign me up for fanmail to get updates on all things movies. The 9th life of louis drax film with a screenplay adapted by max minghella and directed by alexander aja, the 9th life of louis drax has pretty much the same synopsis as the book. Although its similar to the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime, this book is more of a mystery and has two narrators, the precocious but highly disturbed youngster louis drax, who narrates while in a coma, and his doctor, pascal dannachet, who. Jun 25, 2004 the ninth life of louis drax by liz jensen 277pp, bloomsbury. He almost died eight other times, but luckily was saved by his mother. The ninth life of louis drax is the story of nine year old louis drax, a boy who is accident prone and believes he is living his ninth life after losing the previous eight due to his accidents. Full of astonishing twists and turns, this is a masterful tale of the secrets the human mind can hide.
Sep 02, 2016 a doctor taps into the unconscious mind of a 9yearold who has survived nine neardeath accidents. Theres plenty afoot in the 9th life of louis drax medical crisis, family drama, illicit love, surreal visions all of it sliced and diced through a jumble of tones. For everybody who thought theyd never see another novel like the lovely bones. Louis is very intelligent, precocious and deceitful for reasons you will find out. More than ten years later, here comes the film and it. The narrative alternates between the doctors point of view and the boys. Read the ninth life of louis drax online by liz jensen books. This is a great book it has a dynamic plot, fascinating characters, an intriguing mystery, and excellent characterization by liz jensen. As the 9th life of louis drax begins, 9yearold louis drax aiden longworth has a nearfatal fall from a cliff that puts him in a coma. In the ninth life of louis drax, film rights to which have been bought by anthony. The 9th life of louis drax is rated r under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian for sexual themes and disturbing imagery. The ninth life of louis drax packs an irresistibly twisted wallop. Read the ninth life of louis drax by liz jensen for free with a 30 day free trial.
Just a few months ago i gave away my top five books to five people who have been vital to my. It tells the tale of louis drax, who has had eight neardeath. A dopey psychological thriller that combines elements of the sixth sense with an overbearing sentimentality, the 9th life of louis drax flatlines from beginning to end. The official plot synopsis for the 9th life of louis drax follows.
The ninth life of louis drax by liz jensen goodreads. Like a lot of highly intelligent, articulate children, he did badly at school because. This fantasy has some strange, dark material, including images of child abuse and death, a reference to rape, and a young boy suffering a terrible fall he goes into a coma afterward. This onepage guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of the ninth life of louis drax by liz jensen. Parents need to know that even though the 9th life of louis drax is about a 9yearold boy, its far from familyfriendly. Jan 10, 2006 the ninth life of louis drax is a interesting story about a extraordinary boy who is somewhat misunderstood and mature for his age. Reading guide for the ninth life of louis drax by liz jensen. Find books like the ninth life of louis drax from the worlds largest community of readers. Allan pascal uses unorthodox techniques to try to tap into the boys unconscious mind and.
I found the story insightful about the power of mind and human nature which i enjoyed. The latest supernatural film to hit theaters, the 9th life of louis drax, is more thriller than horror, but its still pretty creepy. The smart, strange child describes himself in sardonically perky fashion as the amazing, accidentprone kid as we witness his litany of neardeath experiences. The morbidly imaginative and sharply intuitive boy from a provincial city in france has survived eight suspicious accidents, one for each year of his life. Jun 27, 2016 the 9th life of louis drax trailer 1 2016 aaron paul, jamie dornan thriller movie hd official trailer. The ninth life of louis drax by liz jensen nook book. Part thriller, part gothic novel, part mystery, part literary fiction, liz jensens the ninth life of louis drax is a novel of heartbreak and love, jealousy, and desire. Louis tortured behavior and complicity out of total manipulation wasnt redeemed by a joyous awakening into the arms of a surrogate mom. One or two spills like that, and you figure he must have one heck of a. Like gabriel garcia marquezs a chronicle of a death foretold, or janet lewiss superb the trial of soren qvist, one knows the ending early on page 16 in louis drax, but not the details.
The ninth life of louis drax contains many heartstopping moments where the tension is cranked up almost to breaking point daily telegraph about the author liz jensen is the acclaimed author of the paper eater, egg dancing, ark baby shortlisted for the guardian fiction prize and most recently war crimes for the home. The 9th life of louis drax trailer 1 2016 aaron paul, jamie dornan thriller movie hd official trailer. In 2004, londonbased novelist liz jensens book the ninth life of louis drax was at the centre of a fierce hollywood bidding war. A psychologist who begins working with a young boy who has suffered a nearfatal fall finds himself drawn into a mystery that tests the boundaries of fantasy and reality. The 9th life of louis drax is a 2016 canadianamerican supernatural thriller film directed by alexandre aja and starring jamie dornan, sarah gadon, aiden longworth, oliver platt, molly parker, julian wadham, jane mcgregor, barbara hershey, and aaron paul. I enjoyed this book, and am curious how they are going to pull off the movie.
I enjoyed the movie, but the ending in the book is much better. Pascal dannachets experimental coma clinic, where the truth of. His doctor tries to unravel the mysteries surrounding louis life and the murder attempt that nearly killed him. Enter your location to see which movie theaters are playing the 9th life of louis drax near you.
Stuff happens to me that shouldnt happen, like going on a picnic where you drown such an opening could, i suppose, head off in a number of different directions. The ninth life of louis drax is a novel by liz jensen in which nineyearold louis tumbles into a ravine and falls into a coma. Ive seen this book around throughout the years but never read it, obviously. The ninth life of louis drax by liz jensen books the. Out of the blue, louis falls off the cliff and is declared dead by the doctors. The 9th life of louis drax dvd the indianapolis public. The opening line draws you in on the instant im not most kids. He has always managed to survive to land on his feet, like a cat. And his decision to stay in safety for at least a while made so much sense. In the ninth life of louis drax, author liz jensen imagines two worlds. With a screenplay adapted by max minghella and directed by alexander aja, the 9th life of louis drax has pretty much the same synopsis as the book. Prize and thrice nominated for the orange prize, and her books have been translated into twenty languages.494 972 892 1285 1194 1458 1458 904 1171 94 1567 1490 84 953 1192 623 1612 438 637 1165 827 212 1529 789 1567 1251 949 468 1288 1266 556 754 949 1564 1237 1246 852 1229 1149 450 734 1013 1100 39 546 460 780 661 1453