Monday, March 03, 2014

Thirty girls by Susan Minot

Africa, at war, rebels, brutality, and death.
Jane - an American writer comes to tell the story of Esther, one of a school full of children taken by the rebels in the middle of the night, 139 children, marched through the jungle, some raped, with no food, no proper clothes.  The rebel leader returns some of the children, keeping 30 girls.  The story concerns Esther, her very factual telling of what happened to her, and to her friends, those who were raped, had babies, died, or escaped.
The story of Jane and Esther crosses, and twines around each other like vines, revealing the strength that comes from the most horrid of experiences.
A very thought-making book, you will remember it for a while.

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