La Mécanique du cœur (novel) - WikipediaThank you! On the coldest day on earth, Little Jack is born with a heart frozen solid. His teenage mother disappears for good; Jack owes his survival to resourceful midwife Dr. Madeleine, who attaches a cuckoo clock to his heart to get it beating. This happens in Edinburgh on April 16,
The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu
The title can be translated as the mechanics of the heart ; the album complements the book of the same name written by Mathias Malzieu , the band's frontman. The album has sold over 75, copies, making it a Gold Disc , and has been adapted into a film directed by Malzieu. The album follows on from Monsters in Love , an album telling the stories of various monsters imagined by the band. There are several references from this album to the one that preceeeds it. A lot of the band's oeuvre has been inspired by the work of Tim Burton , and the artwork from this album has strong influences from Corpse Bride.
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The book has sold well in Malzieu's native France. The book opens in Edinburgh , Scotland in Little Jack is born on the coldest day ever, which causes his heart to be frozen solid, requiring a replacement. The makeshift Doctor, Madeleine, who provides midwifery and medical services to the poor and the desperate of Edinburgh, grafts a cuckoo clock to his heart of flesh and blood in order to save it. Due to Madeleine's "clientele" the children that she delivers are sometimes unwanted, and so she puts them up for adoption to good parents. Unfortunately, nobody wants Jack because of his strange clock heart, and so he ends up living with Madeleine as his adoptive mother. She tells Jack that his clock heart is weak and so to avoid premature death, he must obey three golden rules: Never touch the hands of the clock, control his anger, and never fall in love.
Look Inside. Nov 29, ISBN Mar 02, ISBN A wildly original, fantastical adventure—and now an animated move, Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart —this international bestseller will charm readers of all ages. Edinburgh, Born with a frozen heart, Jack is near death when his mother abandons him to the care of Dr. Madeleine—witch doctor, midwife, protector of orphans—who saves Jack by placing a cuckoo clock in his chest.