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Lascar is the epic story of one man's journey to fulfil his destiny. When Ayan discovers his brother has cancer, the need to cover medical expenses propels him to leave poverty-stricken Bengal and emulate their late father by becoming a Lascar - shovelling coal in the bowels of the steamships trading between India and England. The brutal reality of this existence leaves Ay ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published June 4th 2012 by Indigo Dreams
(first published 2012)
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Lascar is the compelling story of how a man's love for his brother and desire to emulate his father as a ‘Lascar’ (the name given by the Europeans to describe the non-European sailors) takes him on a journey from Bengal to Victorian England where he endures extreme hardship, hunger, loss of love and friendships, and terrible prejudice. Yet, he displays a tremendous strength of character in the face of adversity. As the title of the book suggests, the reader follows the story of a Lascar providin ...more
This novel was extremely well written and had a cruise ship-load of stunning descriptions and imagery. It felt a little bit like lots of tiny little stories all mushed together into one - basically, Ayan's story is split into lots of different little slices of his life in England. His journey is an incredible one and I know this will intrigue many young adults. And I mean adults, because this book was gory and, to be honest, I'M A LITTLE BIT SCARRED, YES. There's a lot of blood and shootings and ...more
I love history, but knew nothing about East Pakistan in the 19th Century, where the book starts. This books has all the ingredients needed to make an epic. Love, prejudice, injustice. I love the main character Ayan who is a Lascar - working in terrible conditions on the British merchant ships. He manages to escape from that awful life only to find himself alone and peniless in Victorian London. Throughout the book we feel for Ayan who clings on to his courage through his religion and culture.