This is a short story told by ten-years old Gordon, who lives in Savannah, GA. He came back from school and found a kitten sleeping on his bed. How did the kitten come there? Who helped him? And can we keep it?
Claude Lambert This is a short story (2000 words) about a boy from the Edo group of Benin (now Nigeria) who enters the British Army in the 1930s. He gets promoted to the rank of sergeant and celebrates by having his statue made. But for the following generations, working for the British is not cool anymore: all the discourse is about independence. Soldiers like that young boy are forgotten, both in Britain and in their own country. Their statues get melted by the thousands.Nobody cares, and even the Edo language slowly disappears.
Claude Lambert Old women don't always think of their lost loves, sometimes they think about politics. texting or the latest fad. Here are a number of things that I did not know when I was young. Topics range from bad people,business and friendship to human rights, narcissism and sex.
It is about the dream of a boy. The mom is a nurse and always concerned with insect bites and viruses, including HIV. The dad is a prof and always tries to teach math at any moment of the day. His best friend is a Jewish businessman who works in construction. The great-aunt Bessie has had so many husbands that the kids believe that she has been married 82 times. There is also a dog, Backrub, whose business is to steal slippers.
IT IS NOT FOR YOU if you look for fast pacing action, profound mystery, a Harlequin love trip or the recounting of world war 2 battles. It is just not what I did.
IT IS FOR YOU if you want to travel in history with a book that pays great attention to details (smells, dresses, food, the way of thinking of the time). The story is about a French family divided by war in the town of Lille. The place is important because the town reacted differently than the rest of France. People from Lille believed that they would become part of Germany and were therefore much more resisting fascism than the rest of France. The two heroes, one French, one American travel in Portugal, Spain, Britain and Ireland, as each country had its special political flavors and problems during WW2. The heroes have in common a very unhappy childhood. Many unhappy kids never become happy adults. How does it go in this story?