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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly difficult to put down, incredibly difficult to want to finish, 14 Jun. 2010
This review is from: The Go-Away Bird (Paperback)
On starting this book, you may feel surprised by the immediate and surprising companionship you feel with the character Ashley Bolt. His life may be worlds away from yours or others you know, but Fitzgerald develops him so intricately and openly that at once the kinship is strong. This already sets you up for an amazing story. You are then introduced to Clementine who's view on the world she lives in - the Rwandan genocide, is at all times poignant, innocent, and yet insightful for someone of only 10. The characters are thousands of miles apart, of different ages, speak different languages and have completely different views on life. Yet when they meet, it is as if they save each other with their differences; as well as their shared love of singing and music. I grew to love both Ashley and Clementine, as well as all the other weird and wonderful characters scattered thoughtfully throughout this story. Fitzgerald writes with poise and promise especially considering the harrowing subjects he has managed to portray. The book was an incredible read that stayed with me for a long time after I had put it down. The characters were hard to forget, and the storyline invoked intrigue into a horrific subject that I had not come across in much detail before. It has all the makings of an amazing book; laughter, tears, attention to detail, descriptions of both a beautiful and a tormenting nature and above all a love for the characters that keeps you reading and reading. Exquisite.
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