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Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay
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The most fascinating thing about this book is the narrative perspective of a young Philippine boy. It is a story which could (and has, in many other works) been told from a Western/American/colonialist point of view and this is something which Gourlay cleverly uses to her advantage in order to emphasise the exploitation of Philippine natives.

With the audience knowing exactly how the colonists will treat Samkad and his village, it feels very much like watching a terrible unseen through the gaps between your fingers. It is certainly a novel with a message which makes you question colonialism and the spread of ideologies around the world.

Whilst this novel should be praised for this achievement, I did find it somewhat lacking in depth and substance. The characters all felt two-dimensional and there was an absence of emotion which, if included, could have really enhanced Gourlay's unique perspective.
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Reading Progress

May 12, 2019 – Started Reading
May 12, 2019 – Shelved
May 16, 2019 –
page 119
46.48%
May 18, 2019 –
page 174
67.97%
May 19, 2019 –
page 174
67.97%
May 19, 2019 – Finished Reading

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