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The Changeling (Canongate Classics) Kindle Edition
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The story that is related to the reader is a tragic and upsetting affair that shows how one unlucky man's well meaning, but misguided actions can have devastating consequences. Tom Curdie has put up walls in his mind to act as survival mechanisms for coping with the atrocities of his everyday life in one of the worst slum areas of Glasgow. With this holiday, Tom is shown a life that he can never have and his own becomes unbearable in contrast. While he wonders how he can ever go back, Charlie Forbes' own family deteriorates with the presence of Tom. As everything culminates to a tragic climax, it becomes clear that as his colleagues warned him, Charlie Forbes' plan was doomed from the start.
The theme of charity, a middle-class family taking a delinquent slum kid with them on their Scottish holiday, is particularly relevant to today and school violence.
The boy, from a ghastly home, alcoholic parents and rats, enters a new world of decency, love and respect. He does not know how to react.
And when his time with this family is over, how does he return to his ghastly family?
I can only tell you that you will hold your breath until the very last page, praying and wish for the impossible happy ending.
Robin Jenkins must have been an extraordinary man. He is an extraordinary writer, economical with words but getting the utmost effect and emotions from them. I wanted to cry and scream at times. I shall never forget this book.
The moral fable warns people to nurture childhood innocence and avoid creating expectations that cannot be fulfilled: growing up is hard enough without adding more.
In his writing Robin Jenkins highlights issues to which there are no easy solutions. Having read this novel many times I find it thought provoking and inspiring, through its emotional analysis of the events that occur in the journey to adulthood. With real characters there are many different aspects that I relate to - feelings, actions, situations and people that I have encountered in my life.
Jenkins style is excellent and a joy to read. Highly recommended for anyone studying English at any level or anyone who has an interest in children.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is perhaps his best novel. The theme is education. The story is about the price a boy pays for being clever but being born on the wrong side of the tracks. Relevant to today.Published 19 months ago by Michael Riley
excellent choice of bowling shoes and fully recommended to my bowling club which is situated in Leith a suburb of City of edinburghPublished 24 months ago by D. McGlynn
my daughter enjoyed this very much. She was working on this at school. my daughter enjoyed this very much. She was working on this at schoolPublished on 3 April 2014 by Gary Scott
this book is amazing, it came as if it was fresh out a book store so i would definitely recommend, it is also an amazing read.Published on 26 Mar. 2014 by Ashley Montgomery
this book is genuienely sensetive and has a charm beyond the story. Well worth the read . Was gripped throughtout; not by the story whcih is not massively pacey but by the... Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2014 by goggy higginson
I found it a bit like that very depressing film , they shoot horses don't they?
It inexorably works it's way to its obvious conclusion , with all the characters getting... Read more
Patronising portrayal of a working class slum in 1950'sGlasgow, even more patronising portrayal of a teacher in such an area. Read more
Regret having missed out on his novels/writing when I was younger. This is up there with To Kill A Mockingbird (but was written a lot earlier) and is one I will read again. Read morePublished on 16 April 2013 by DGC
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