The Boy Who Forgot How To Dream is a short story published as an illustrated A5 zine. I really feel it’s worth getting in touch with George the author to get a copy so I don’t want to give away the ending but the story deals with the idea of a young boy growing up and the effect this has on his dreams.
The writing style is that of a children’s book, each sentence has it’s own page and develops the story quickly. Despite this, for me as an adult the story made me consider how my own desires are formed as well as how and why they may have changed as I have grown older. It made me consider the freedom I felt when I was young and how lucky I was to be able to experience that. It made me think about the experiences and responsibilities I have had that dulled that feeling of freedom and dampened the seemingly outrageous desires I once had.
I don’t know how much the story is meant to provoke thought about readers own experience of growing up. It may simply be an autobiographical piece about the authors own feelings towards aging but even if this is the case there is still a message here we can all appreciate.
The back cover has no description of the story but instead features a quote from A.S. Neill, founder of Summerhill school. The school has its roots in radical educational methods similar to those of anarchist free schools. The quote reads “Let us be pioneers in abolishing the drudgery of life” which I feel sums up the themes of the story well.
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