Saturday, July 23, 2011

Six Sentence Saturday- Excellent survival memoir!

Welcome to Six Sentence Saturday.
Where I try to express my thoughts on recent reads using only 6 sentences!!!!.
At the end of each review I will post a
rating scale of 1-5 using the cute and original (lol) Playing Cards.
Rating scale will be as follows:

5 of Hearts- You must read this book NOW!!
4 of Hearts- A great read, put it on your TBR list.
3 of Hearts- Happy that I read it...a good read.
2 of Hearts- Just O.K but nothing to write home about.
Joker Card - Don't bother (why did I?)

In The Sea There Are Crocodiles 
by Fabio Geda (click on title for longer synopsis)
Source: unsolicited review copy from Doubleday Publishing
Genre: Riveting Memoir
Pages: 211
Published: August 9, 2011
ISBN: 9780385534734
*Uncorrected ARC

Teaser Synopsis:
Ten-year-old Enaiatollah is left alone in Pakistan to fend for himself. In a book that takes a true story and shapes it into a beautiful piece of fiction, Italian novelist Fabio Geda describes Enaiatollah's remarkable five-year journey from Afghanistan to Italy where he finally managed to claim political asylum aged fifteen. His ordeal took him through Iran, Turkey and Greece, working on 

My Thoughts:
This was a gem of a book! The translation was perfect and captured Enaiatollah's voice. I was mesmerized by all that this young boy encountered and survived as he made his way from Pakistan to Italy. These are the types of stories that really move me and make me realize how pampered our lives here in the U.S. really are. This book would make a great read-a-loud for high school English class or even Current Events. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys true stories of how the human spirit can and will keep you alive for just one more day!

Disclaimer:Thank you to Doubleday Publishing for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MYexperience while reading this novel.
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  1. This sounds like my kind of book. I love true stories, especially when they read like fiction!

  2. I haven't heard of this book. It's great when a book is translated and doesn't lose the strength of the story or characters.

  3. I have been reading more translations lately and it is crazy what an eye-opener they can be in finding different viewpoints. I love them!

  4. This definitely sounds like a book I would like.

  5. I am glad you enjoyed this one. And I agree, it does sound like a book that should be read for or by kids

  6. I love when unsolicited books turn out to be winners! (although with my memory, I don't necessarily trust that what I think is "unsolicited" wasn't actually solicited! LOL)

  7. Sounds like an interesting read!

  8. This sounds great! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  9. I read some good things about this book, so I'm happy to see that you had the same thoughts.

    Have you read Little Princes? I'm listening to that now and am really enjoying it. The author is funny! :)

  10. Wow, sounds fascinating. How fortunate this just fell into your lap (or mailbox).

  11. Another multi-cultural book I'd love to read! Glad you liked it.

  12. Don't read many memoirs, but this one has my attention.

  13. This book sounds amazing! I'm going to find a copy this week.

  14. This is the first I've read about this one. It's always nice to be reminded how lucky we are.

  15. Sounds like a great book, and the cover is so different!

  16. You know I love your Six-Sentence Saturdays. So glad to see this one. I can tell this book had a big impact on you.

  17. Oh fun - this is one I have in the TBR!


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