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Grade 8 Up–Young Paolo Poloverdos complex life is recounted in this translation of the winner of the French Prix Sorcieres. Set in a remote location in Chile, the story begins when a boys parents have their throats cut by a vagrant. In a rare moment of compassion, the murderer, Angel Allegros, decides not to kill the child. Paolos response to these events is curiously distant, as is the entire narrative. The boy is vaguely upset by, yet matter-of-fact about, his parents deaths. A second visitor, Luis Secunda, eventually appears and Paolo dispassionately asks Angel not to stab the man because he does not feel like digging another grave. The three settle into an uneasy routine, with the adults vying to be Paolos father figure. A necessary trip to buy livestock is the catalyst for a number of tragic and perhaps inevitable events, including betrayal, an attempted suicide, and capital punishment. The major plot line concerns Angels awakening conscience. Through his relationship with the boy, he begins to see the importance of life and love. While the books haunting, melancholy air will keep readers turning pages, the complex yet remote telling gives it the feel of South-American literature, which may hold more appeal for adults than for teens.–B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Library, Sag Harbor, NY
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*Starred Review* Gr. 9-12. Bondoux's latest novel is a haunting, provocative blend of allegory, gritty social commentary, and magic realism that, like David Almond's work, defies definition. The shocking contradictions begin with the first scene: a thief and murderer named Angel kills a farmer and his wife and settles into their home on the desolate tip of Chile. He spares the family's small son, Paolo, and surprises himself with the intense devotion he develops for the boy. Then a young, wealthy traveler arrives, and at Paolo's insistence, the stranger settles into the improbable household at the end of the earth. Eventually, the trio is pulled back into the wider world, and its fragile connections are threatened and torn. The symbolism occasionally feels too purposeful, the characters more representational than real. But Bondoux asks the largest questions about crime, punishment, and how souls can change in language that is both visceral and poetic, and with unsparing, emotional truth, she describes a world in which the morality of the heart doesn't always match the morality of civilized society. "Poets know how to transform things," says one character. "They look at the world and they absorb it like a drink. And then when they start talking, nothing is the same." Winner of France's prestigious Prix Sorcieres, this novel is filled with challenging ideas and potent language that will pull readers in new directions. Gillian Engberg
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert R. Fisher VINE VOICE on October 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Killers Tears is journey toward redemption. Seeking closure but finding and accepting that human beings are flawed.

Anne-Laure Bondoux created an isolated world where flawed adults see themselves reflected in the pure soul of a child named Paolo. The story begins with a ruthless wanderer, Angel, finding and murdering Paolo's parents on the isolated and rocky southern tip of Chile. Over time, Paolo adapts and the killer comes to depend on this, his first truly human relationship. In return, Angel shows Paolo love and genuine kindness that was missing from his stoic parents.

Eventually, however, the pair must travel to the city for supplies. And it is here that Angel's past catches up with him. While running again, Angel considers whether or not he deserves freedom or love, given all of the evil things he has done in his life. And this is the central question, asked and answered several times as Angel and Paolo evade the authorities.

There is a passage at an old lumberjack's (Ricardo Murga) house where the story moves into the mystical when Paolo meets the man's murdered children. In these passages Bondoux's prose soars - never needing to explain too much, trusting the intelligence of the reader.

Ricardo, "I like metamorphosis. He sighed and swirled the wine in his glass. Wood that becomes books. Winter that becomes spring. Grapes that become wine." He turned to Paolo. "And the child who becomes a man."

"Some changes are very subtle," the lumberjack went on. "Those which happen in our soul, for example, are not always noticeable."

My only complaint is near the end, where Bondoux loses faith in the reader and settles for heavy-handed anti-death penalty ranting that is unnecessary given the perfect way the rest of the story unfolds.

The Killers Tears gets my highest recommendation and while it is marketed for young adults, it is a powerful story for all ages.
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"Haunting" is how I would describe this book. I really enjoyed reading it and would love to find more that are similar. This book sticks with you. A boy's parents are murdered, and yet he comes to love the murderer, who comes to live with him. So many things happen to the boy that no child should ever have to endure, yet he comes through it. Its also about love and life and metamorphosis - about how love can make us change our nature. Beautifully written, and so descriptive - I felt that I was there, in Chile, where the story takes place.
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By L on November 20, 2011
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I read this book for my reading methods class my junior year of college. It's surprisingly got a lot of depth to it. It isn't clear-cut who is the "good guy" and "bad guy" here. It shows that there's always more than what meets the eye to people. I would say this is a good book for 4th grade and up. If you are a parent, you may want to read this book prior in case your child wants to talk about certain points in the book.
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This book is about a boy who's parents are murdered by a man named Angel. The boy developed a special bond with the killer. Great book. I loved every minute of it, and I hope there are other great books like this that I will be able to read. Read this book.
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