When ten-year-old Enaiatollah Akbari’s small village in Afghanistan falls prey to Taliban rule in early 2000, his mother shepherds the boy across the border into Pakistan but has to leave him there all alone to fend for himself. Thus begins Enaiat’s remarkable and often punishing five-year ordeal, which takes him through Iran, Turkey, and Greece before he seeks political asylum in Italy at the age of fifteen.
Along the way, Enaiat endures the crippling physical and emotional agony of dangerous border crossings, trekking across bitterly cold mountain pathways for days on end or being stuffed into the false bottom of a truck. But not everyone is as resourceful, resilient, or lucky as Enaiat, and there are many heart-wrenching casualties along the way.
Based on Enaiat’s close collaboration with Italian novelist Fabio Geda and expertly rendered in English by an award- winning translator, this novel reconstructs the young boy’s memories, perfectly preserving the childlike perspective and rhythms of an intimate oral history.
Told with humor and humanity, In the Sea There Are Crocodiles brilliantly captures Enaiat’s moving and engaging voice and lends urgency to an epic story of hope and survival.
©2011 Fabio Geda (P)2011 Random House Audio
The narrator sounded inexperienced at best. He made the person/character he was narrating for sound childlike and the author/narrator interruptions sounded stilted and condescending.
The story was not bad in and of itself, though a bit slow, and might have been fine to read on paper.
Made me dislike the listening experience.
A heartfelt story of a young boy's abandonment, struggles and survival. If actually written by the person who had the experience (it was based on a true story), rather than written down by the author trying to use real the person's "voice", it would have been better.
Beautiful story. Sad but also uplifting. Enaiatollah Akbari describes his most difficult journey with optimism.
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