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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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It was Oliver Stone in discussing ‘Snowdon’ who recently said that “We Live In a Disney World.”
This is a piece of Disney worth telling by Sean McLachlan who should keep going on the human stuff, I think. We need more Disney because ‘the facts’ are underwhelming. I found this a highly readable transportation to another culture and another place which its own unique moral challenges. Four Stars.
Many of the tourists and expatriates seem to have no great difficulty convincing themselves that they have found that ‘something’. But Tom is depressed. He is deeply depressed and has been so for at least most of his life. He is not so much tired of life as bored by it. Nothing, no kind of work, no relationship, no form of entertainment seems worth the effort it takes to engage in it. He neither loves other people nor dislikes them. He knows he is lonely, but there seems to be no help for it. He likes to draw pictures of things that he can see, but he can see no more (and not quite as perfectly) as a camera can.
When he meets the boy, he understands at least something of his plight. He wants to help him, but he is suspicious that the boy wants to use him. The suspicion is justified because the boy does want to ‘use’ him. He is a refugee child in a foreign land and some kind of help from humanity is the only hope for survival that he has. But helping the boy is not going to help Tom, if he is going to take his money and spend it on drugs or a career in crime.
Because Tom sees no other future than to take his own life as soon as his money runs out, and because he has very little of that money, he has to overcome suspicion and reluctance to offer any help at all to the boy. But at the same time, he cannot resist the urge to buy him food when they meet each other, to talk to him, to show him games, to care about him. In time, he finds that he cares enough for the boy, trusts him enough, to find a reason to overcome his reluctance to engage with society in ways that are distasteful to him.
In this one instance, Tom has found a reason to live, a responsibility that he can accept, because he believes he can make a difference, or at least that it is possible that he can make a difference. I appreciated that the author stopped the story where he did. A more ordinary book would have tried to assure the reader that Tom has learned how to turn his life around by helping others. It would have made it a much less believable vision for me.
I received a copy of this book through the Kindle Scout program.
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I think everyone should put this on his or her reading list.
I can't say enough good things about it.