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In the Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda

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    Little Bee by Chris Cleave (Limelite)
    Limelite: True fiction but much better exploration of the harrowing effects of people fleeing oppression and terror, with the bonus of including how their undertakings can have unexpected and horrifying consequences for those who get involved in helping them.
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    Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman (raton-liseur)
    raton-liseur: Ces deux livres illustrent cette constante que, dans les drames humains à la fois individuels et collectifs, ce ne sont pas les meilleurs qui survivent, seulement les plus chanceux, ceux qui passent à travers les gouttes, ni plus courageux (ni moins), ni plus ingénieux, sans mérite ou propos particulier, seulement les plus chanceux.… (more)
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Review "Inspiring"
--*O Magazine
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" This gripping, strangely sweet tale....captures the young man’s open-hearted tone just right.....Reading of Akbari’s efforts to find a better life — alone and at an age when children in our country can’t even drive yet — will leave you shaken, but his resilient joy leavens the story even when he’s toiling for 90 hours a week at dangerous work in a locked warehouse, crossing the snow-covered mountains from Iran to Turkey on foot, or hiding in the false bottom of a truck “like grains of rice squeezed in someone’s hand.” The lovely rapport between Akbari and Geda comes across now and then when the journalist interrupts to prod him for more detail, gently reminding him just how extraordinary his experience is."
*--The Washington Post
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"Reminds us that Afghanistan’s current woes did not begin with the American invasion of 2001....And so it goes on, almost unimaginable horrors related with a lack of sentiment and bombast....[a] remarkable story"--
*The Financial Times
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"An intriguing story.....[and] understated sense of humor, even when he recalls horrible scenes....quite dramatic"
--*Boston Globe
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"Fabio Geda has done a fine job bringing Enaiat alive without resorting to novelists' tricks.....Fast read. It presents a contemporary look at a world that Americans have become increasingly a part of and from the point of view of persons who usually have no voice. That world is presented so convincingly"
--*The Washington Independent
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"Chilling....beautiful....heart-warming"
--The Times UK "‘Geda’s voice combines the plucky survivor’s determination of his charge with moments of pathos – soaked poignancy and others of joyful laughter...It’s sobering and heart lifting to see the stoical determination and achievement of someone who makes our world look like paradise. This little gem, beautifully and unobtrusively translated, will raise tears of sorrow and joy."
--The Independent "A small book wiht a big story to tell....compelling narrative that maintains the youthful voice of this remarkable boy.....undeniably eye-opening....What makes In the Sea There Are Crocodiles so persuasive is the boy's voice, beautifully captured by Geda."
--*Book Page
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"A compelling and intimate story....truly incredible....Fabio Geda retells Enaiatollah's story with warmth and compassion, interacting with him in a gentle and intimate manner which brings depth to the story. Although written as a fictional piece the story is recreated from Enaiatollah's memory. With its simplistic style, the reader is drawn into the world of the child: his thought processes and his perceptions. The story spans five years, Enaiatollah is only fifteen when he arrives in Italy and realizes that this is the place he wants to call home."
--*Read Plus
* "A remarkable, heart-warming story of courage and endurance in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles... truly inspirational"
--*The Irish Examiner
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The core of the story is Enaiat's indomitable will to succeed....revealing....hair-raising....unforgettable....In the Sea There Are Crocodiles is an eye-opening account of human endurance, of overcoming the most difficult obstacles—all for freedom and a better life."
--*The Counter Punch
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"[A]n authentic, open and marvelous voice of youthful exuberance."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Lyric...the book reads like a conversation...both affecting and unaffected, powerfully delivers one child's story of survival while bringing us close to the horrors....Another Kite Runner? It's certainly a lovely read."
--*Library Journal *"[T]here's no shortage of heart-breaking trials to be faced....Enaiat's daring adventure is ideally suited for young adults, but older readers will find in it a deeper layer of investigation of the humanity of strangers and the power of family. If Enaiat's memory eventually seems muddled and fragmented, so that the book must be called fiction, the truth of his experience remains."
--*Booklist *"Fabio, the writer to whome he [Enaiatollah Akbari] tells his narrative, has a poetic turn of phrase, but lets events speak for themselves. The result is a moving and eye-opening chronicle of hardships no child should have to endure, mitigated by intermittent kindnesses."
--*The Sunday Times (UK) "The prose is straightforward, engaging, and at times almost conversational. Teens will marvel at Akbari’s courage and resilience"--School Library Journal *"Every so often a book comes along that is an absolute gift to the world. This is one such book."
–Laura Fitzgerald, author of *Dreaming in English and Veil of Roses
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"The personal stories of refugees and their life-or-death battles are usually lost in between the lines of news reports. In direct and undecorated prose, Fabio Geda beautifully delivers the human experience of Enaiatollah, a ten-year-old Afghani boy, whose will for survival is more than remarkable. In the Sea there Are Crocodiles will make you laugh and cry, and it will also make you a better person. Everyone should read this book."
--Marina Nemat, winner of the inaugural Human Dignity Award and author of Prisoner of Tehran About the Author FABIO GEDA is an Italian novelist who writes for several Italian magazines and newspapers. This is his first book to be translated into English. Howard Curtis is a London-based translator of Italian and French texts, for which he has won numerous awards.
  buffygurl | Mar 8, 2019 |
What a harrowing journey this young man had! ( )
  ParadisePorch | Sep 19, 2018 |
In early 2002, Enaiatollah Akbari’s village fell prey to the Taliban. His mother, fearing for his life, led him across the border. So began Enaiat’s remarkable and often publishing five-year ordeal—trekking across bitterly cold mountains, riding the suffocating false bottom of a truck, steering an inflatable raft in violent waters—through Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, and Greece, before he eventually sought political asylum in Italy, all before he turned fifteen years old.
  Lake_Oswego_UCC | Aug 6, 2017 |
When Enaiatollah Akbari's village in Afghanistan falls to Taliban rule in early 2000, his mother shepherds the ten-year-old (?) boy into Pakistan but has to leave him there all alone to fend for himself. He makes his way over the course of 5 difficult, dangerous and painful years through Iran, Turkey, and Greece before he seeks political asylum in Italy at the age of fifteen. A touching and honest account of a remarkable travail, In The Sea will stand as a testament to both the brutality and the humanity of this period. ( )
  zenhead | Aug 29, 2015 |
When Enaiatollah Akbari's village in Afghanistan falls to Taliban rule in early 2000, his mother shepherds the ten-year-old (?) boy into Pakistan but has to leave him there all alone to fend for himself. He makes his way over the course of 5 difficult, dangerous and painful years through Iran, Turkey, and Greece before he seeks political asylum in Italy at the age of fifteen. A touching and honest account of a remarkable travail, In The Sea will stand as a testament to both the brutality and the humanity of this period. ( )
  zenhead | May 26, 2015 |
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Geda, Fabioprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Akbari, Enaiatollahsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Briguglia, PaoloLettoresecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burkhardt, ChristianeÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Curtis, HowardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Najibi, Mir WeissNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Onnis, MaurizioEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.

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An unflinching, inspirational, and incredibly moving novel based on the true story of Enaiatollah Akbari, a young boy whose agonizing struggle begins after his native Afghanistan becomes a dangerous place to live. His mother shepherds him across the border into Pakistan but has to leave him there to fend for himself.… (more)

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