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Mrs Beach, City Readers

The Bone Sparrow

Initially I was so frustrated with this book - where was the refugee camp? I needed a context! At first I thought the book was set in the UK but then realised it was too hot for that and it wasn't till much later that I understood the book was set in Australia. I liked the fact that Jimmie was not the stark opposite of Subhi as Jimmie's own life was far from ideal. However the friendship through a fence did remind me of 'The Boy in Striped Pyjamas.'
The novel gave a clear and pitiful account of day to day life in a refugee camp and the story of the Bone Sparrow was intricately woven throughout. Stories were so important to Subhi as his only means of escape from the captivity of his existence. The Bone Sparrow itself connected the lives of Subhi and Jimmie as Jimmie wore the sparrow round her neck but the centre green coin was missing and this coin was one of the treasures that Subhi kept that had belonged to his father and could suggest that we are all linked by our common humanity.
This was a book with an agenda and so not my favourite type of book. It could win though.

Posted on: 21st April 2017 at 06:21 pm

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