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Star of Light Paperback – February 1, 2002
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The Star of Light is set in an unnamed North African country, probably Morocco, in the 20th century. The story follows the efforts of Hamid, a boy from a poor rural family, to save his little blind sister Kinza from the selfish plans of their cruel stepfather. Hamid runs away with Kinza to bring her to a unusual missionary nurse that his mother had a special encounter with some years prior. The book relates how the lives of Hamid, Kinza, the English nurse Rosemary, and Rosemary's visiting relatives all intersect in a most dramatic and compelling fashion.
St. John writes of this North African setting in a very knowledgeable and compassionate manner; clearly, she had firsthand knowledge of the culture. The character of the nurse Rosemary seems drawn from real life experience. This is a great book for adults and children to learn about North African culture and a unique version of the missionary calling. I highly recommend it.
I have questions for anyone more familiar with Patricia St. John. This edition and others we have bought have been revised. Does anyone know whether one can find the original versions of her writings and whether these modern revisions have been extensive?
Her books are enchanting, and keep you wanting to read more...or, in my case, having the kids beg me not to stop.