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The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint by Brady Udall
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Mar 02, 11

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Read from February 12 to March 02, 2011

How I wanted this one to go on. I was very sorry to let Edgar go. Edgar, a half breed, whose head is crushed by a mail truck at the young age of seven, is one of the most compelling innocents to come along for some time. I would put this character up with Pip. Again, Mr. Udall, uses the American West, specifically Arizona and Utah, as his back drop. But really it is his intimate knowledge of the nooks and crannies of this deceptively empty desert that serves as an unforgiving shaper of little Edgar’s life. The description and telling of Edgar’s life at Willie Sherman’s an Indian School for orphans should stir many a memory of institutional learning and while most experiences will not be as ‘savage’ as Edgar’s most will recognize the harsh power structure and subsequent injustices. The fact that this school is so remote from civilization makes it even more terrifying. Ultimately this is a book of hope and that the hope lives in the character of Edgar who steals and lies his way through his young life just to survive is compelling. Equally compelling the author’s light humorous touch with such dark themes.
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