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The Silver Donkey by Sonya Hartnett
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Mar 20, 08

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Read in March, 2008

Sonya Hartnett just received the Astrid Lindgren prize, an award that carries a large cash prize along with the honor. I had never read anything by this Australian author so I put in some reserveds at LAPL. This was the first book to come through. It is nearly an allegory, a story about an English soldier who has been blinded not by a physical wound but by the trauma of the sights he has seen in the trenches and on no-man's land. He has deserted the battlefield and is trying to get across the English Channel to his home. Three French children find him, feed him, listen to the stories he tells about brave and loyal donkeys, and enlist an older friend to take him home. A contemplative story that is profoundly anti-war.
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