The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (French: La Mécanique du cœur; lit: The Mechanic of the Heart) is a beauty and sad short novel written by Mathias Malzieu, the lead singer of French rock band Dionysos. Borned in Montpellier – 1974 also is the author of 38 mini westerns (Pimientos, 2003) and Maintenent qu´il fair tout le temps nuit sur toi (Flammarion, 2005) with big critical and public recognition. “La Mécanique du Coeur” is a book but besides is the sixth album by the band Dionysos.
Here is a small and disturbing synopsis of the book at the same time:
“In Scotland 1874, Jack is born on the coldest day ever. Because of the extreme cold, his heart stops beating. The responsible midwife in Edinburggh finds a way to save him by replacing his heart with a clock. So he lives and remains under the midwife’s protective care. But he must not get angry or excited because that endangers his life by causing his clock to stop working. Worse than that, when he grows up, he has to face the fact he cannot fall in love because that too could stop his delicate heart.”
“FIRSTLY: dont touch the hands of your cuckoo-clock heart. SECONDLY: master your anger. THIRDLY: never, ever fall in love. For if you do, the hour hand will poke through your skin, your bones will shatter, and your heart will break once more.”
It is almost impossible not to be attracted by the beautiful illustration that accompanies this story on its cover. If you dare to travel between its pages, you will find a story that speaks of many simple things of daily life in our hearts, wrapped in a touch of fantasy and magic.
To me, the story tells of overcoming someone that looks and feels different from other mortals. A child, that with time will become a man, who suffers looking for the tireless love of a woman. A boy / man who does not give up in the search of that passion called love, which sometimes gives us more sadness than happiness but we all want to experience intensely ever in life.
I have to admit that I made a great impression and I deeply excited living this perfect narrative of what love and be different in the eyes of others can bring someone to commit any act of madness.
SUBTITLED IN ENGLISH
“Tais Toi Mon Coeur” (Shut up, My Heart) by Dionysos Ft. Olivia Ruiz
From the album “La Mecanique du Coeur”