Saturday, January 15, 2011
Born Under a Million Shadows by Andrea Busfield... it takes place in Afghanistan in current times, after the withdrawal of Taliban, but while war is still present. The story is told through the eyes of a young boy, about age 10. He lives with his mother, the rest of the family died or their fate is unknown after being kidnapped by the Taliban.
Life is difficult but happy. He and his mother make a loving family. They have friends, he goes to school and even gets a small after-school job. They try to carry on as normally as possible.
Meanwhile, of course, there is conflict that erupts in their city due to the war. There is poverty, and there are friendship and extended family issues, just like happen everywhere. The narrator makes his way through life while trying to understand the people and the events around him. He is wise, sweet, funny and loveable. A good, sensitive book in which the reader will learn along with the narrator.