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Book Title: The Glass Collector|
The author of the book: Anna Perera
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Edition: Penguin Books Ltd
Date of issue: February 3rd 2011
ISBN 13: 9780141331157
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 721 KB
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It’s normal in Cairo- the city of magic and ancient mysteries- for rich and poor to stand side by side, to share the same doorways and buildings, the same streets, without ever really seeing each other.
“Nothing can satisfy our minds like the kinds of journeys we are capable of when we use our imaginations. Only then can we discover the truth.
When I visited Cairo a couple of years ago, the thing that struck me the most was how fascinating and incredibly daunting it was seeing two completely different lifestyles living within the same city.
On one hand you have the cool, air conditioned museums, the restaurants, the five star hotels, the tour buses full of tourists who are suffering from incredible cases of sunstroke.
(Well, ok, that may have just been me. My skin can’t even handle a Mancunian summer, I practically combusted in the Sahara.)
But on the other, the side that they don’t cover in the guide books, is something completely different and this is what The Glass Collector is about.
From the first page I could tell how passionate Ms Perera was about telling Aaron’s story. It’s honest without being too preachy. It’s harrowing without being too intense. It’s sweet without being too saccharine. And I really appreciated how Ms Perera portrayed Aaron’s happiness with the same importance as his struggles.
The only problem I had with this book was the style in which it was written (third person, present tense) and I’m not sure whether it’s just because I’m not used to reading books like this or what, but I can’t say I was a fan.
But other than that it was a really fascinating look into a subject which is very rarely addressed in literature, never mind young adult/middle grade books.
I’d really recommend it, especially for readers on the younger side of YA.
I received a copy of this book from the publishers.
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Read information about the authorAnna was born in London to a Sri Lankan, Buddhist father and Irish, Catholic mother and grew up twenty miles away. After teaching English in two secondary schools in London, she ran a unit for teenage boys who were excluded from school and later did an MA in Writing For Children at Winchester University. She lives in London and has a grown-up son.
In 2006, she attended a gig for the charity, Reprieve.org at The Globe Theatre where she learnt children had also been abducted and rendered to Guantanamo Bay. This event was the inspiration for the critically acclaimed novel which has been translated into several languages and nominated for many awards, including shortlisting for The Costa Children’s Book Award.
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