Mercury Under My Tongue Review

TITLE: Mercury Under My Tongue
AUTHOR:Sylvain Trudel, Sheila Fischman(Translator)
PUB DATE: January 2008

This book was sent to me by Richard of Soft Skull Press. It was a quick read at 159 pages.

The book is told in the first person narrative. Frederick Langlois is a 17 year old boy who is dying from bone cancer.

He is your typical teenager. He has the know it all attitude. He write poetry in the hospital. He is seeing a therapist so that he can comes to term with the fact that he is dying. He comments on dying a virgin and that he has never left Canada before. The book takes place in Montreal. We are introduced to various family members of Frederick and fellow patients. As we read we are reading what he is going through and how he feels.

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  1. This does sound like an interesting book. I’d love to read it at some point.


  2. That sounds like a heavy read – is it a true story?

  3. No I don’t think so. I had a hard time reading it.

  4. Wow, that sure is a unique story.
    I can’t imagine having those kinds of thing to deal with in school.
    I enjoyed the review. 🙂


  5. i read this book also..but how would i write a book report on this?

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