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The Book of Jonas by Stephen Dau
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Apr 03, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: advanced-copy, audio, grownups-fiction, lj-books-reviewed

When Yoonis becomes the only survivor of a sketchy American Military attack on his Muslim village he is spared by Christopher, one of his attackers. Yoonis becomes Jonas when he is sent to America by a relief organization. Regrettably, changing his name and country doesn’t bring back his family or alter the harrowing events of his past. As the story progresses the reader must piece together what actually occurred and is left wondering who is victim and who is savior. Narrated by Simon Vance who brings the brittle and tremulous text into a heartbreaking, blooming presence. A lean, searing, emblematic war story with tinctures of morality, forgiveness and letting go. Recommended to fans of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.

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