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Madeleine, St Helen and St Katharine

The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow is about the life of a nine year old boy named Subhi, who was born in a detention centre, and has lived there ever since. I found the book very emotional and powerful, and you really got a sense of how Subhi felt about everything that was happening. It had a very poetic mood, with a hint of fantasy.

It showed how being inside a camp your whole life can make you experience the world very differently. Subhi sees and feels things that many others cannot, such as the night sea, which adds an element of fantasy. The book suggests that this can be quite isolating. I liked the book most when it was written from Subhi’s point of view, because you got a better insight into how he feels, whereas when the author is writing about Jimmie in the third person, you don’t get as much emotion, though it is just as powerful.

After being told by many people that they had found the ending confusing, I was expecting something strange to happen. When I actually reached the end I understood it perfectly well. It felt just as understandable as the rest of the book, and I was surprised that it was actually the end. I found that, as the book neared the ending, the descriptions became more graphic, so if you are squeamish then I wouldn’t recommend this.

The language, however, is very moving and this book would be well worth reading. I enjoyed learning more about Subhi as he developed throughout the book and the whole experience of reading this was eye-opening. I was shocked at how well the book represented the problem of refugee camps. I was moved by the truth behind the story and the reality that these people had to face. I would give this book an 8.5/10 because it was very powerful, emotional and there was a lot of truth in it.

Posted on: 24th April 2017 at 11:13 am

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