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Scarface and the Angel by William Taylor
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Scarface and the Angel

by William Taylor

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Very thin book about a boy called Damon who is hideously scarred, and so doesn’t go to school, but studies in the local public library. There he meets an eldery lady and after following her home discovers she has a life worse than his own. A thought provoking book about life’s misfortunes. p.12 “Damon stopped “until the end of the page.
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Identity - Encounter - Friendship - Self-acceptance
There are two sides to Damon. You can see it in his face: a big scar runs down one side. Only when he meets Esther, an old gypsie woman, does he realise how deep it cuts. Esther possesses the gift of listening and Damon, without knowing why, starts telling her his life. The reader has to piece together the fragmental narrative, continually reassessing it, just like Damon learns to take a new look at his self, the wounds of his past healing in the act of narration. – Good Face, Bad Face – this is a well paced, edgy novel with strong language, resonating with biblical and Shakespearean allusions. Good Face, Bad Face – in the end, Damon learns to turn the other cheek and the scar has disappeared. (14+)
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An unlikely friendship develops between a badly scarred youth and an old gypsy woman. Suggested level: secondary.

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