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5.0 out of 5 starsAmazing, inspiring story!
Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2013
Originally bought this book at Costco in Australia and thoroughly loved it, so purchased several more to read with my book group back in the U.S. The author did a wonderful job of capturing the authentic voice and personality of Enaiatollah. His personality, humor and lovable boyishness come through as if he were standing there himself telling you one of the most amazing stories you've ever heard, made all the more incredible by his youth and innocence. His story deepened my empathy for those who may not always follow the proper immigration channels. Of course I'm opposed to human smuggling and illegal border crossings, but I'm now more aware and sensitive to plight of those who may not have many good options in their struggle to survive.
5.0 out of 5 starsPOWERFUL read with my 10 year old.
Reviewed in the United States on April 23, 2014
When read by an adult who can answer all of the "why" questions this book brings up, this book is a world-view changer for pre-teen children. Issues of politics, religion, ethnicity, human trafficking, education, hard labor... these are all addressed through the age appropriate viewpoint of a 10-16 year old boy. I cannot recommend this highly enough!
I would definitely recommend this book to people who are interested in world humanity. What comes across apart from the story is the incredible resilience of this young boy, the way he makes himself accept the awfulness that the world throws at him and yet seems not to be tainted or pushed into bitterness by it. It is a book that gives one a grain of hope for the future of the world. I gave it 4 stars only because the English, having been twice translated, is understandably not top quality.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 14, 2014
What a brilliant book. I have read this book alongside the Italian version. in my opinion it is a book that could be read for 0 or A level students. Fabio's Italian version is excellent and I loved reading it. The translation is very very good but in parts does not quite get the essence of the Italian.
What a story Enaiatollah, I loved hearing about your journey but cried at your hardships and the things you had seen and suffered. I was so interested to learn of your introduction to Italy and the kindness you found there. I love Italy too. It's people are cultured and kind.
This was a wonderful book that took me on your journey from Afghanistan eventually to Rome. Thank you for telling it.
I can recommend this book to anyone of any age and they will be educated, entertained and thankfull for their own lives.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 7, 2018
Graphic account of an Afghan boy's journey to Europe. This was originally published as a book for children and some of the nastier events may have been toned down for a young audience or could be too painful to want to remember. As a result this fictionalised account may not do full justice to the boy's story, although it does illustrate the turmoil in a troubled area of the world.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 7, 2012
This book is indeed a little gem, short and simply written. It tells the story of a ten year-old Afghan boy who escapes from Afghanistan and makes his way through Iran, Turkey and Greece and eventually to Italy. Certainly food for thought and makes you realise just what incredible hardship people are going through in the world in order to find a better life. Also reminded me that there are also some wonderful people out there, eg the author, Fabio Geda.