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The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow. This addresses a very important subject that isn't often the theme of many books, the global migrant crisis. Unfortunately, the manner in which this is done isn't quite top notch. The story is like what I imagine happens if you blindfold a mouse, though I have never done it. It runs around in circles, repeating actions until it stumbles its way into the daylight and falls over. The start is promising, and it remains promising all the way through. The thing about this, though, is that it can be as promising as it likes but it never carries out its promises. What I'm saying is that it doesn't really go anywhere, the narration goes round and round like a dog chasing a tale, then suddenly ends in a clumsy flash of confounding surrealism. I'm not spoiling, but it involves a whale larger then a counrty.

Posted on: 21st April 2017 at 02:09 pm

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