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Tessa, Oxford High School

Bone Talk

Bone Talk, by Candy Gourlay, does a brilliant job in exploring the little-known side of the Philippine Insurrection. This book is set in ‘Bontok’, a real village in 1899. It deals with real issues at the time, such as extreme sexism, and lack of human rights. I connected instantly with Luki, a fiesty, spirited young girl with a sense of mischief. However, I did not connect with the main character, Samkad, nearly as much. To me, he seemed rather a bland character, and sometimes a little too selfish, putting his desire to become a man in front of others around him. This did not, as you might expect, spoil the book for me. In fact, I think it increased my enjoyment of the story, as I was able to focus more on the characters around Samkad, and I actually found that they added depth to the story if you paid attention to their hopes and desires. The plot was carefully planned and the ending was very touching. Overall, I would recommend this book to people who like historical and original novels.

Posted on: 22nd May 2019 at 11:52 am

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