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Guarding your own emotions
on January 10, 2003
(This was written by a 40 year old reader)
Rarely have I come across a recommended book that having read it I think about incessently afterwards. The main character of Guarding Hanna, a kind of anti/hero, certainly has few redeeming qualities. He was brought up in a home for delinquents, facially deformed and a constant curiosity to insensitive eyes. Rescued from the orphanage by a petty gang leader called Maestro he subsequently enters his service. When he is latter given the task of guarding a witness to a crime for a week it seems to present our hero with such an awesome challenge. Being a loner, whose previous experience with women had only been with prostitutes, he now must learn to accomodate the simple needs of another person until it becomes no longer clear who is actually guarding or helping who. Through their relationship the reader comes to realise that even though life has dealt our hero such a bad hand there is a real sense of humanity that is struggling to break through the prejudices of his peers, and perhaps that is something that every reader might empathise with and which is why the climax of the novel left such a profound effect on me. It was so unexpected. Perhaps my out pouring of emotions was just from a sense of release from the accumulated tensions. The novel is written in such a way that it holds your attention with every page. Ever entry, told from our heros point of view like a diary, is given a time. One is therefore very much aware that our heros assignment is drawing to a conclussion and that something unexpected must surely happen. When it finally comes there is nothing predictable about it, which makes it all the more shocking, and as I turned the last page I really felt that for a second the world had stopped turning and that nothing would be the same again. Read this book, suspend your prejudices and leave your emotions unguarded, it will be all the more rewarding.