Saturday, 30 April 2011

In The Sea There Are Crocodiles: The True Story of Enaiatollah Akbari by Fabio Geda

This is a worthy book.
'In The Sea There Are Crocodiles' is the true story of Enaiatollah Akbari. It is a story of hardship, loss and pain. So much hardship, loss and pain in one young life is difficult to truly imagine. This story is told at a distance - emotionally and physically - perhaps to make it easier for us to digest, but more likely to make it easier for Enaiat to relive.

However it is also told with humour and heart. Geda effectively uses the voice and language of Enaiat. The narrative is remembered in a linear fashion with the occasional 'here and now'  conversation between the author & Enaiat. These little moments provide relief as well as explanatory points that Enaiat clears up with the benefit of hindsight and maturity.

This story is not only worthy but worthwhile.

Despite the hardship you leave this story feeling grateful for your own life and grateful to Enaiat for his bravery in sharing his story.  And of course there is hope, the kindness of strangers and the power of the individual to rise above adversity.
Enaiat's story is for young and old alike.

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