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A Funeral for an Owl Paperback – November 20, 2013
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About the Author
Jane Davis is the author of seven novels. Her debut, Half-truths and White Lies, won the Daily Mail First Novel Award and was described by Joanne Harris as 'A story of secrets, lies, grief and, ultimately, redemption, charmingly handled by this very promising new writer.' Six further novels have earned her a loyal fan base and wide-spread praise. She is regularly compared to authors' such as Kate Atkinson and Maggie O’Farrell. Writing magazine described her work as 'exemplary' and named An Unknown Woman their Self-published Book of the Year. Jane's favourite description of fiction is ‘made-up truth’. Jane lives in Carshalton, Surrey with her Formula 1 obsessed, beer-brewing partner, surrounded by growing piles of paperbacks, CDs and general chaos. When she is not writing, you may spot Jane disappearing up the side of a mountain with a camera in hand. To learn more about Jane and keep in the loop on her current projects: Visit her website: www.jane-davis.co.uk and subscribe to her newsletter 'Like' her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JaneDavisAuthorPage Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/janerossdale Follow her on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/janeeleanordavi/boards/
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Jim Stevens starts out as an eleven year old kid growing up in a not-so-wonderful neighborhood and he tries to stay away from other kids and be by himself to study birds. He and his mother especially like to watch the barn owls. He’s an excellent artist it seems, of birds and of some people. He comes from a broken home and tries very hard to make his mother proud of him.
This book moves ahead to when Jim Stevens is an adult, a teacher in fact, and meets a young boy who lives in the same neighborhood that he used to when he was a boy. He also has the same problems, but Jim tries very hard to protect him from the neighborhood kids.
The story goes back and forth from past to present and what Jim learns and does to help others learn is amazing. This story was a little hard to follow, but once you understand what is going on, it sucks you in and doesn't let you go. I enjoyed this book very much!
Loved it and finished it in three days. Planning to read all of Jane Davis' novels. Her prose is delicious. I love her use of metaphors and similes. Her descriptions come alive.
She writes the novel using past and present and changes the narration from one primary character to another. This may be confusing to some, but she heads each chapter with the date and name of the character talking.
Theme: Life without hope
Plot: This touching story is about what children from the wrong side of the tracks had to live through if they were lucky enough to survive the threat of brutal gangs and absent or abusive parents. When a teacher tries to save a 14 year boy from a life on the streets, he discovers that the boy’s childhood and his own childhood have similarities that left him scarred the rest of his adult life.
Characters: Well developed, engaging, empathetic
Shamayal – a street smart 14 year old boy who was abandoned by his mother when he was 10. He forms a bond with his teacher who teaches him bird watching.
Jim – a caring teacher who tries to teach his students about life without boundaries
Ayisha – a good teacher who is trying to sort out her relationship with her mother when she inadvertently gets mixed up in Shamayal’s and Jim’s lives when Jim is shot by a gang member
Aimee – a 13 year old girl from the upscale side of the tracks who is miserable and misunderstood by her parents
Style: Excellent attention to detail. Made me feel as if I were right there even in the simplest scenes. Dialogue was appropriate for the characters, but the dialect of the London streets was sometimes hard to understand.
Conclusion – I felt it ended too abruptly, like a slap in the face, I didn’t see coming. Although I understood the ending, I wanted a clearer explanation of what happened to the characters rather than making assumptions.