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Mrs Minter, Bryanston Carnegie Club

The Bone Sparrow

This book made me empathise with the life of a refugee in an immigration detention centre. The main character, Subhi, is a child who has only ever known life in the camp. The flimsy tents that refugees call home are overcrowded and unhygienic. The inhumane treatment of people by 'jackets,' guards who patrol the perimeter of the detention centre, demonstrates the degradation and cruelty that people undergo on a daily basis in these camps. Although this is a work of fiction, the author, Zana Fraillon, has done her research and the issue about the treatment of refugees is a global one. There is tragedy and brutality in this story but humanity does play a part as Subhi makes friends with Jimmie on the outside of the camp and there were moments when I connected with this character. I really wanted his hopes and dreams to become a reality. A very thought provoking book that jolted me out of my comfort zone.

Posted on: 19th June 2017 at 12:24 pm

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