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Beck

‘Beck’ was a book that followed the journey of an orphaned, mixed-race boy (funnily enough called Beck), through Canada, and his encounters with many different people.

The story was set during the early 1900s, when many orphans were sent from Britain to Canada to start a new life there. This was evidently the case for Beck, who was sent with other boys from his Liverpudlian orphanage to Canada. Throughout his time in Canada, Beck meets and stays with a number of people, from Catholic priests to bootleggers.

Although to start with the book is quite graphic, I felt that the book was a very interesting read, as it told of a time in history that I was until now unaware of. I also found the book to be captivating, clear and cleverly-written (the book dealt with some sensitive issues really well), and despite the fact that the tale was written by two different authors, I couldn’t identify any change in language style, which was a feature that I really admired.

All in all, I think that while ‘Beck’ was quite depressing and emotional at times, it ended happily and makes for a truly rewarding read.

Posted on: 21st May 2017 at 05:51 pm

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