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Jacqueline , St Catherine's School

Beck

In a parallel with ancient Greek beliefs, it is divided into sections: Water, Earth, Ice and Fire (though no Air!)
After a slow start, the novel quickly picks up momentum and develops into a riveting story about belonging and identity. resilience and humanity, Central character, dark-skinned 'Beck', orphaned in Liverpool and shipped out to Canada, suffers cruelty and indifference leading him to fall into a spiral of crime from which there appears to be no escape. When he eventually leaves his past behind him he finds himself immersed in a vividly described American Indian culture along with its own challenges and opportunities. Includes authentic-sounding dialogue and historical associations.

Posted on: 9th May 2017 at 02:07 pm

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