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Asylum: In whose world could you walk away? Kindle Edition
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- File size : 2490 KB
- Publication date : January 18, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 219 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01N5RG8JD
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,134,795 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Asylum is a heavy book and confronts you to some of life's most unpleasant truths and incidents. The story revolves around Blacks immigrants and their lives in a white's world. This new world is clean, has food and prosperity, and yet is worse than the Black world (namely Africa) with all of its hunger, constant civil wars (that leaves you limbless), and burnt houses and vehicles, because the latter is hospitable to young children. A child walking alone on the roads of Africa could find many people sitting in groups around fires to keep themselves warm. Yet, in the White world, a little black child may walk alone in the cold of night with ill-fitting clothes and shoes, only to have people in expensive vehicles ignore him and turn a blind eye to his troubles. However, this walking alone in the cold is nothing as compared to the horrors that children in a specific special school witness. The book is grim and very engaging.
ASYLUM tells the story of Cabdi, the survivor of a massacre, and Mustaf, a trafficked child. She has written three other books – CATS CRADLE tells the story of a relationship between a child and a paedophile, BIRTHRIGHTS is a story about a childless psychiatrist seeking a fraudulent motherhood, and THE ANGEL explores medical homicide.
Carly’s ability to magnetize the reader’s attention begins with the cover art and continues with the opening paragraphs of this very disturbing, excellent novel. ‘Cabdi was not sure whether anyone else – even if they had sat beside him on the roof of the Villa – would have seen the hand groping from the earth. Cabdi had always seen things that others couldn’t. He could see through the curtain of daylight into another world, out of time. He could see his ancestors, his dead family and the faces of people not yet born. Even as a child, long ago, there had been whispering faces in the hot air, in another country. He understood the reason. He had been chosen by spirits. Bt the hand reaching up through dirt on that day, its fingers clutching at nothing, seemed to belong quite solidly to earth. It protruded through a jumble of rubble in a hole that should not have been there, in the carpark that was now used as a playground, near the door to Villa Six where Caldi had once been held. Its presence – a living hand not attached in any visible way to a body – was a violation But it did not seem supernatural…The Villas had been annexes to the Parkhill Institute, a Victorian asylum, set in large grounds with an imposing boundary wall. The main hospital at the top of the site was visible from the bus-route, and from the upper deck, looking through the trees, I might have been taken for a country mansion or a minor public school. But in the little English town, everyone knew what it was. ‘ Cabdi is from Somalia.
The story unfolds – ‘The child’s hand groping out of the earth is undoubtedly real. As real as Cabdi’s own hand, when it lay on the earth after the machete fell, long ago. But this hand is alive. And it isn’t in a war-zone. It’s in the playground of a school, just outside the grounds of the English psychiatric hospital where Cabdi is now held. And the man who is stamping on the moving hand is a pigeater. Pigeaters are in charge of everything. As an accidental asylum seeker, Cabdi is friendless in a country he does not know. He cannot speak English. But he knows that he should not have gone into the playground. He should not have seen the hand in the earth. And whatever lies behind this, it is not his war. He walks away. Why should the crime have a witness, anyway?’
Tense, very dark, but securely written by an author about whom we most assuredly will be hearing more. A fascinating, disturbing book. Grady Harp, January 19
This book was difficult to read, it was macabre, and very dark. This is not a light read, more something that you read with the lights on and when you can devote some time to reading uninterrupted. The storyline is good and flows well and the writing itself is great.
Top reviews from other countries
Asylum deserves the attention of a fine screenwriter I’d love to see Cabdi and Mustaf up there on a giant screen.
5 Stars from me