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The Bone Sparrow

Subhi was born in detention. He knows nothing of life beyond the wire fence that borders his barren world but he can dream: of a night ocean that brings messages from his never seen father and a time his family will be free. One day, when a sparrow went into his tent and settles on his bed, everything changes.

Jimmie lives up the road from the detention centre. Boys at her school say refugees have bicycles and everything they could ever hope for but she’s not so sure. Jimmie carries her courage around her neck in the form of a bone sparrow as she searches for the truth.

Therefore, she begins a friendship that defies razor wire barriers. While Subhi was waiting to meet his father and recognises the food on his plate, Jimmie loses her potential to read and struggles to recover from her mother’s death two years before. We presume she is Australian as this is where many Rohingya refugees have actually been confined but this was never been told to anyone. Jimmie and Subhi strike up an unlikely friendship after she finds a hole in the fencing. The two share hot chocolate and stories and weave a hope that is theirs alone.

Subhi's finds himself in a boredom of camp life, where there is no work, no entertainment and no hope for a life beyond the razor wire. In a rare moment of depression, Subhi admits: “For years I didn't get it. That we aren't wanted in this place or in Burma, or in any other place. I didn't get it that we aren't wanted anywhere.”
I believe The Bone Sparrow is a treasure that will be enjoyed by all. However, scenes of graphic violence make this book better and shall be recommended to be read only if one is mature enough. The Bone Sparrow is unique, the book deserves a place in every library on Earth.

Posted on: 17th April 2017 at 02:12 pm

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