من عند Niz-Sarabari, Assam 784528، الهند
رواية خيال طويلة حقًا ترتكز في التاريخ الفعلي. إذا كنت تبحث عن الخيال أو التاريخ العسكري ، فربما تجد كلاهما أفضل في مكان آخر. ولكن إذا كنت تريد دمج الاثنين في كتاب طويل حقًا يوفر لك عددًا كبيرًا جدًا من التفاصيل ، فهذا هو الكتاب المناسب لك.
This is a beautifully written story, with a heartbreaking finale that sneaks up on you like a gator in dark water. You might see it's yellow eye, or the swirl of water, but by the time you realize what's coming--it's got you. I started reading Alligator Bayou on a whim, because it had a good title, a lovely cover, and I'm a sucker for Southern fiction. I was immediately impressed with Napoli's lean yet evocative style. Her characters were flesh and blood in my mind with just a few quick sentences. I loved Cirone and his yearning to be American, Calogero and his sweet affection for his family and Patricia...all of the characters, even secondary characters, were vibrant and breathing on the page. Even Bedda the goat. The prose is deceptively easy, because the story of Alligator Bayou is anything but. When I reached the climax and saw how it was all going to end, I almost couldn't take it. It was too unfair, and too real--too close to history. Of course, it was how the story had to end--the entire tale had been leading up to this catastrophe, and I would have no doubt been disappointed by a saccharine "Happily Ever After" ending, but that knowledge didn't make this ending any less heartbreaking. Read Alligator Bayou. It's not a sweet, simple little YA novel. It's a powerful, emotional story of what it means to belong, and what it means to be different.
So depressing. I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as Kite Runner.