Invisible Child by Carol Macfie Lange
INVISIBLE CHILD is about a boy who is hidden and then abandoned by his parents when soldiers of the fascist tyrant General Franco take them by force from their mountain village. His father is mortally wounded and his mother is taken prisoner. The boy escapes to the wild mountains of Andalucia and survives for years by living in a cave, hunting and foraging for food. His driving mission is to find the betrayer of his family and bring them to justice, or revenge.
His lone journey into manhood leads him to a discovery of passionate love and to the secret of his birth …
By D.M. Cain on 29 July 2014
The tone of the book reminded me of one of my favourite novels, ‘Two Brothers’ by Ben Elton, in the way it developed each character’s story and how they crossed paths in a time of great repression and persecution (Two Brothers in set in Nazi Germany.) What this book managed to do more successfully than the Elton novel was to weave a story that was gripping and emotional beyond the time period it took place in. The events and characters were good in their own right and I was gripped by what was happening in their interactions, instead of merely dragging myself through a disturbing depiction of horrors. I actually enjoyed reading this book, as opposed to Elton’s which, though brilliant, was an uncomfortable book to get through.
I was very impressed with the quality of writing, the use of language and the story development in this book, which I believe may be the first of a series. If so, I cannot wait to get my hands on the second (especially as the ending packed one of the biggest punches I’ve read in a long time!)
By polly Holbrook on 22 May 2014
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It was a page-turner, following the survival strategies of the characters right to the surprise ending, when I was left wanting more. It is set up for a sequel, so I hope this is forthcoming!
The description of the landscape and the boy’s relationship with nature and his lover were beautiful and at times poetic. I liked the quotations preceding each chapter, setting the atmosphere for what followed.
The character of the good doctor, don Carrillo, provided a good balance to the cruelty of this turbulent era in Spain. As a dog lover, I liked the endearing account of an abandoned dog who becomes a kindred spirit to the boy in his isolation
Our Guest today on our Q & A is the author of Invisible Child, Carol Macfie Lange
Invisible Child is about a boy’s survival in Franco’s Spain
Q. Who are your greatest support – who believes in you?
* My two daughters have sustained and encouraged me in everything I’ve ever done.
Q.Where do you write from? e.g. Kitchen table? Study? Bedroom? Garden shed?
* I write every morning between 8 a m to 2 p m in the mountain village of Darrical Spain, or room in Albuquerque, New Mexico or a room Oxford England, and try not to deviate from the discipline of this.
Q.What motivates you to write?
* I write because I have something to say and because I say it best through theatre or words.
Q.What are the biggest distractions to your writing time?
* Sometimes I’m distracted by someone’s flat tyre or inflated ego, but try to dodge them both.
Q.Have you ever suffered from writers’ block?
* The ‘dreaming’ takes time but it’s not really a block, more like a deep breath before taking off again.
Q.Have you taken any writers’ courses and have they been worthwhile?
* I took a creative writing semester as part of BA Theatre Arts at Santa Fe College of Performing Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico and found it helpful; postgraduate in English from Westminster College, Oxford, England, with good feedback; find writers’ group I’m involved with in Oxford, England stimulating.
Q.Is self-publishing satisfying enough for you or would you prefer to be traditionally published?
* I’m glad to have self-published, not sure I have time to wait out the rejections slips of traditional publishing!
Q.Have you ever tried to find an agent?
* I haven’t yet tried to find an agent, but think a good one would be very useful in finding the right publisher.
Q.Do you think you can make a full-time career being an Indie writer?
* Writing is what I have always done and want to do in my life, published or not.
Q.How long have you been writing?
* I wrote my first novel in a school notebook at age eight, published a few short stories and poetry while doing other
jobs, but never stopped writing.
Q.What drew you to want to write a book?
* There are things I need to say, stories I want to tell.
Q.From where did you get the idea for this current story?
* I got the idea for INVISIBLE CHILD (A Boy’s Survival in Franco’s Spain) from talking to an old man in the Spanish mountain village of Darrical where I lived; he told me things with tears in his eyes, things I could not forget. This is his story and the story of many like him.
Q.How did you go about developing it?
* To get it done I joined National Novel Writing Month and finished it in seventeen days. The idea, however, had been
“cooking” for four years, waiting to be born.
Q.What is your next project?
* I’m working on a longer sequel to Invisible Child, and on children’s stories.