In the Sea There Are Crocodiles: Based on the True Story of Enaiatollah Akbari

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In the Sea There Are Crocodiles: Based on the True Story of Enaiatollah Akbari

Format:  Hardcover,

215 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Aug 2011

ISBN-13: 9780385534734

ISBN-10: 0385534736

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When ten-year-old Enaiatollah Akbari's small village in Afghanistan falls prey to Taliban rule in early 2000, his mother shepherds the boy across the border into Pakistan but has to leave him there all alone to fend for himself. Thus begins Enaiat's remarkable and often punish-ing five-year ordeal, which takes him through Iran, Turkey, and Greece before he seeks political asylum in Italy at the age of fifteen.
Along the way, Enaiat endures the crippling physical and emotional agony of dangerous border crossings, trekking across bitterly cold mountain pathways for days on end or being stuffed into the false bottom of a truck. But not every-one is as resourceful, resilient, or lucky as Enaiat, and there are many heart-wrenching casualties along the way.
Based on Enaiat's close collaboration with Italian novelist Fabio Geda and expertly rendered in English by an award- winning translator, this novel reconstructs the young boy's memories, perfectly preserving the childlike perspective and rhythms of an intimate oral history.
Told with humor and humanity, "In the Sea There Are Crocodiles" brilliantly captures Enaiat's moving and engaging voice and lends urgency to an epic story of hope and survival.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Aug 2011
ISBN-13: 9780385534734
ISBN-10: 0385534736
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 215
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.64
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.34 x 0.95 x 7.49

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Review by Library Journal (2011-08-01)

The night before young Enaiat's mother abandons him in Pakistan, hoping that her sacrifice will take him away from the merciless Taliban, she tells him "if you hold a wish up high, any wish, just in front of your forehead, then life will always be worth living". Enaiat's five-year journey, based on the true story of refugee Enaiatollah Akbari, takes him from his remote village in Afghanistan to Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, and, finally, Italy.

As an illegal immigrant being shuttled between countries, Enaiat sees the best and the worst of humanity but never let's the ugliness of life deter him from his dream of a better future. In his first book to be translated into English, Italian novelist Geda occasionally inserts himself into the narrative in the form of conversations with his subject. The interjections, coupled with the first-person perspective, capture Enaiat's story with deceptively simple language laden with meaning, making the Afghani's tale not just a fascinating account of one man's trials but also a compelling epic full of insight into human nature.

Verdict: Geda has crafted a deeply compelling novel about the cruelty and kindness of strangers and the strength of one man's will to survive even when the world seems bent against his success.

[See Prepub Alert, 2/7/11.] - Chelsey Philpot, School Library Journal

(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

When ten-year-old Enaiatollah Akbari’s small village in Afghanistan falls prey to Taliban rule in early 2000, his mother shepherds the boy across the border into Pakistan but has to leave him there all alone to fend for himself. Thus begins Enaiat’s remarkable and often punish­ing five-year ordeal, which takes him through Iran, Turkey, and Greece before he seeks political asylum in Italy at the age of fifteen.

Along the way, Enaiat endures the crippling physical and emotional agony of dangerous border crossings, trekking across bitterly cold mountain pathways for days on end or being stuffed into the false bottom of a truck. But not every­one is as resourceful, resilient, or lucky as Enaiat, and there are many heart-wrenching casualties along the way.

Based on Enaiat’s close collaboration with Italian novelist Fabio Geda and expertly rendered in English by an award- winning translator, this novel reconstructs the young boy’s memories, perfectly preserving the childlike perspective and rhythms of an intimate oral history.

Told with humor and humanity, In the Sea There Are Crocodiles brilliantly captures Enaiat’s moving and engaging voice and lends urgency to an epic story of hope and survival.

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