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Small Acts of Amazing Courage by Gloria Whelan
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Jan 16, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: y-a-historical-fiction
Read in January, 2012

This National Book Award winner was a delightful journey into the end of the British Occupation of India. Like an onion, the book has many layers. Metaphors and circumstance paint a thought provoking picture of the conflict between control and freedom. The backdrop of the British presence in India, so filled with arrogance and entitlement, provides a harmonic resonance to the story of Rosy, a girl of British heritage who is looking for a way to choose her own path in a world where such things simply aren't done.

Imagine being an upper class teenager in British India, and learning of Gandhi. How would it feel to struggle against what your family and culture expect of you in the face of what you know is right?

This book explores the nature of growing up, and discovering what it is to walk your own true path. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in history, women's issues, or well-crafted fiction.

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