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The Bone Sparrow

A great, saddening and enlightening book unlike no other, which shows that persecution still is prevalent today. The deliberate and carefully chosen mistakes make the writing in character and the childish ideas really drive in the English show how terrible the detention of children is and what they were exposed to. In short, it really shows the perspective of the main character and the theme of story telling shows how this boy is desperately trying to find a solution and see an end, and cannot contemplate the situation he is in. Unlike other books documenting historical disasters and persecution, this is set in he modern day and thus comes with more meaning and a stronger message, which is accentuated with modern day items such as the rubber duck and the mobile phone, and the addition of a character living a life almost similar to one of ours next to the detention center shows just how close and real this mistreatment and injustice can be to us. The criticisms I would make would be that sometimes the poor English from the characters can make it hard to understand what is being said and the reader has to take a moment to work out what is meant, which can detract from the reading experience. Also (though this isn't to do with the actual novel) the word spacing can become so cramped that it is hard to read and pick out individual words - and it doesn't seem deliberate. Overall, a very interesting and thought provoking book which highlights a problem many are oblivious to.

Posted on: 15th April 2017 at 11:03 am

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