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Surrender by [Hartnett, Sonya]
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Length: 257 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"Hartnett exemplifies the quality and complexity of contemporary children's books. She is superb." The Guardian "What an original and intriguing writer Sonya Hartnett is... [The reader is] uplifted by the beauty and simplicity of the language, the sharpness of the observation and the depth of feeling untrammelled by sentiment." The Observer"

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"Sonya Hartnett explores the minds and lives of her subjects with stark and potent metaphors. Compassion is Hartnett's ink." (The Age)

"Hartnett exemplifies the quality and complexity of contemporary children's books. She is superb." (The Guardian)

"What an original and intriguing writer Sonya Hartnett is . . . [The reader is] uplifted by the beauty and simplicity of the language, the sharpness of the observation and the depth of feeling untrammelled by sentiment." (The Observer)

"Humphrey Bower is simply sensational as 20-year-old Anwell, confined to bed, bitter, and dying horribly. As a terrified 7-year-old charged with keeping his handicapped brother quiet, Anwell accidentally suffocated him. Neither his cold, distant father nor his emotionally disturbed mother can forgive him. His comfort comes from a pact made with his friend, Finnigan. Finnigan does the 'bad things', so Anwell won't have to. Bower's artistry keeps listeners wondering about Finnigan. Is he the perpetrator of a series of arsons in isolated Mulyan, 'a town of abominable secrets and myth'? Is he real, or merely Anwell's shadow made substance? In Sonya Hartnett's beautifully written, unflinching look at guilt, mental illness, and death, Bower's voicing is a small miracle of subtlety and insight." (AudioFile Magazine)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2373 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009DFPEKE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #765,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 6 July 2005
Format: Paperback
Utterly unpatronising, dense and fiery language, parents who make the Wicked Witch of the West look like Mary Poppins, feral boy and feral dog, legend and fantasy, dream and nightmare, and are we dealing with terminal illness or a cocktail of schizophrenias? One of those truly searching 'cross-overs' of adult and children's fiction. On one level a rite of passage, on another a playing out of adolescent rage, revenge and fear in a world more or less closed to adults. Ranks with - and this is meant to be the highest praise - Robert Cormier at his very best.
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This is a very dark book, and not one that fits easily into the genre of children's, or at least young people's writing. The story of two boys, bound by blood into the eternal tussle of good and evil, which reduces a town to ashes and forces the reader to rationalise murder, is not easily digested. Nor is the structure of the narrative by any means simplistic: Hartnett carefully controls what is revealed to the reader with the skill of a true thriller writer.

That said, what sets this book apart from many others in its bracket it not the story, but the writing. Hartnett's unashamed exploitation of the fullest range of English's potential for rich and poetic meaning is consistently challenging and always hugely rewarding. The atmosphere of the book is unrelentingly close, even to the point of causing beads of sweat to break out in sympathy with the inhabitants of the awful, sweltering dustbowl of Mulyan, the town in which the novel is set.

This novel is by no means a lightweight read for the beach, but for older teenagers and adults alike it offers a prose experience in a class of its own.
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When I started to read the book I was drawn in straight away, I wanted to keep reading to find answers. It is an interesting, easy read but when I got to the final page I was disappointed.
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