A Time of Miracles
Blaise Fortune, also known as Koumaïl, loves hearing the story of how he came to live with Gloria in the Republic of Georgia: Gloria was picking peaches in her father’s orchard when she heard a train derail. After running to the site of the accident, she found a ...more
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So A Time of Miracles introduces the reader into the life of the refugees, Blaise (Koumail) and Gloria. Blaise, a young boy and Gloria, his guardian, find themselves on the run again and again as Russian soldiers approach. It seems they can't settle anywhere for any period of time!
Despair, she says, is more dangerous and more clever than the Armenian who knocked out Sergei. It is invisible and sl ...more
I have a European heart, and this story told by 18YO Koumaïl looking back on his life is a beauty. Part mystery, part history, part coming of age story, his tale begins at the fall of Soviet Georgia where 7YO K manages to have a childhood while dodging revolutionaries, starvation, and other disasters alongside his adored and adoring Gloria, a woman who claims to have adopted him after his mother was badly injured in a train wreck."A Time of Miracles" tells of K's sear ...more
Anne-Laure Bondoux neve ezennel felkerült a listámra, azok közé a szerzők közé, akiktől biztos, hogy szeretnék még olvasni. Mi kell egy igazán szívettépő, és egyszerre szívet melengető történethez? Két dolog: egy naiv, gyermeki narrátor, és a csupasz, rideg valóság. Pottyants egy gyermeket, ennek a rút valóságnak a közepébe, és nem győzöd majd aggodalommal, könnyel és időnként, ha szerencséd van, mosollyal…
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However, despite its very satisfying ending, it is a rather slow read and I had a hard time getting through it. But to be fair, I am not a huge fan of historical fiction, especially war stories, so it might be just me.
Appeal: I think this book would be appealing to this age group because of the ideals it insights. For example: love, inspiration, fear and freedom.
Application: Since this book is intended for a young adult audience, it would most likely be read on individual time. For this reason, I would include the book with options for individual reading requi ...more
Blaise Fortune (AKA Koumail) begins his story, "My name is Blaise Fortune and I am a citizen of the French Republic. It is the pure and simple truth." Koumail describes the journey he and his caregiver, Gloria, embark upon through the Caucacus Mountain region of Georgia in the 1990s. His earliest memories include his head being shaved with a straight razor by an angry drunk in charge of a refugee complex. Gloria has kept Koumail safe from the rebels and effects of ...more
Not exactly the most ideal read for summer, which is what my main problem was while reading this. During the summer, I crave nearly empty reads full of C-list celebrities, authors with amusing anecdotes about their drinking problem, and other silly, inane topics.
But despite the seas ...more
This is a sad, hopeful story of a young boy and the woman who saves his life, refugees from the war in the Caucasus as they try to make their way towards safety. There's a helpful map at the front of the book, but don't look too carefully at the details of Koumaïl's journey or it'll spoil the story a bit. Just look at the geography if you don't know it.
Good for young adults and regular adults.
This book reminded me strongly of Room and the two boo ...more
Der zwanzigjährige Blaise Fortune lebt seit seinem zwölften Lebensjahr in Frankreich. Er erzählt rückblickend von seinem Heranwachsen in den Kriegswirren des Kaukasus von einer Kindheit in der er noch Koumaïl genannt wurde und Frankreich, das Land in dem er nun dank seines französischen Passes lebt, ein weit entfernter Traum von Freiheit, Gleichheit und Brüderlichkeit war.
Am stärksten verbindet er mit seiner ersten Heimat die Erinnerung an seine Ziehmutter Gloria Bohéme, die fü ...more
Koumail knows exactly who he is: Blaise Fortune, undisputable and abandoned-through-a-train-accident French boy. Even as the seven-year-old flees the collapsing Soviet Union with Gloria, his beloved mother figure, Koumail knows that there will always be a safe haven for the faux mother-son duo in France. It turns out to be a journey fraught with hard work and starvation, doubt and heartbreak. Through it all, Koumail merely has to recite on ...more
Where is this story taking place? This story started in Republic of Georgia which is right underneath Russia and above Turkey.
What would result if Gloria and Blaise stayed in Georgia? I would have to guess that they would have been taken by the soldiers and then the truth about Georgia and Blaise would have been found out much sooner.
What is the theme of the book? The theme I ...more
A Time of Miracles, by Anne-Laure Bondoux is a realistic fiction book about a boys life and how he was brought to where he stands by a series of unimaginable miracles. I really liked the book and would give 5 stars because of the way that it is written and the amazing way that his story proceeds. The first thing that I remember when I think of the title is a baby boy in the middle of a fiery train wreck being shielded from it by the arms and chest of his paralyzed mother. But backing up before t...more
Koumail knows exactly who he is: Blaise Fortune, indisputable and abandoned-through-a-train-accident French boy. Even as the seven-year-old flees the collapsing Soviet Union with Gloria, his beloved mother figure, Koumail knows that there will always be a safe haven for the faux mother-son duo in France.
It turns out to be a journey fraught with hard work and starvation, doubt and heartbreak. Through it all, Koumail merely has to recite one sentence - just ...more