March 21, 2013

War story

Stones for My Father
by Trilby Kent

Set during the Boer War in Africa, Stones for My Father‚ tells the story of Corlie Roux, whose family is sent to a concentration camp. Life in camp is understandably hard, but Corlie's life is harder than most due to her mother's intense hatred for her. The reason for her mother's behaviour is revealed later in the story, but most readers will still find it incomprehensible. 

Depressing and bleak, the story is redeemed by evocative language and Corlie's resiliency, which at times can be inspiring. Corlie knows that she has no future in Africa, so she takes a chance with a Canadian soldier.

A haunting read.

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