In the Sea there are Crocodiles

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In the Sea there are Crocodiles

In the Sea there are Crocodiles One night before putting him to bed Enaiatollah s mother tells him three things don t use drugs or weapons don t cheat don t steal The next day he wakes up to find she isn t there Ten year old Enai

  • Title: In the Sea there are Crocodiles
  • Author: Fabio Geda
  • ISBN: 9781849920988
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • One night before putting him to bed, Enaiatollah s mother tells him three things don t use drugs or weapons, don t cheat, don t steal The next day he wakes up to find she isn t there Ten year old Enaiatollah is left alone at the border of Pakistan to fend for himself.In a book that takes a true story and shapes it into a beautiful piece of fiction, Italian novelist FabiOne night before putting him to bed, Enaiatollah s mother tells him three things don t use drugs or weapons, don t cheat, don t steal The next day he wakes up to find she isn t there Ten year old Enaiatollah is left alone at the border of Pakistan to fend for himself.In a book that takes a true story and shapes it into a beautiful piece of fiction, Italian novelist Fabio Geda describes Enaiatollah s remarkable five year journey from Afghanistan to Italy where he finally managed to claim political asylum aged fifteen His ordeal took him through Iran, Turkey and Greece, working on building sites in order to pay people traffickers, and enduring the physical misery of dangerous border crossings squeezed into the false bottoms of lorries or trekking across inhospitable mountains A series of almost implausible strokes of fortune enabled him to get to Turin, find help from an Italian family and meet Fabio Geda, with whom he became friends.The result of their friendship is this unique book in which Enaiatollah s engaging, moving voice is brilliantly captured by Geda s subtly simple storytelling In Geda s hands, Enaiatollah s journey becomes a universal story of stoicism in the face of fear, and the search for a place where life is liveable.

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    1. Tea Jovanović on said:

      Istinita priča avganistanskog dečaka koji je uz mnogo peripetija iz Avganistana izbegao u Italiju i svoje muke ispričao italijanskom novinaru koji je to sročio u knjigu Potresno, za ljubitelje "Lovca na zmajeve"

    2. Orsodimondo on said:

      QUANDO SEI NATO NON PUOI PIÙ NASCONDERTIStorie così si sono già lette, e anche viste al cinema: ma c’è sempre posto per altre, non cala mai la mia attenzione su vicende simili.Come mai allora questa volta mi sono annoiato fino al punto di sbadigliare?Perché la scrittura di Geda è piatta e priva di qualsiasi fascino, uccide qualsiasi buona intenzione. A tratti sembra quasi che voglia mettersi all’altezza d’occhi del bambino Enaiat (quando a raccontare è però un ventenne), senza cons [...]

    3. Diane S ☔ on said:

      As a ten year old Enaiatollah lived in a small village in Afghanistan with his family. When Afghanistan falls to Taliban rule in 2000, his mother fearing for his future, takes him across the border into Pakistan and leaves him there. This book was narrated to a reporter who works with displaced youth, so the story is told from the viewpoint of a ten year old boy. In this way the writing is simplistic, but powerful and informing all the same. What this young boy, and others like him managed to do [...]

    4. Toni on said:

      Абсурдно тъжна, абсурдно красива… абсурдно е думата, която не мога да си избия от главата. Абсурдно е да прочета с такава лекота историята на едно малко момче, което е изоставено от майка си, за да има, забележете, по-добър живот някъде там, далеч от дома, който въпреки всичко [...]

    5. Sve on said:

      Силата на тази книга е в автентичността й. Разказът на Енаят за мъчното му бягство едва ли би бил по-въздействащ ако беше украсен с художествену измислици. В книгата почти липсват описания- било то на места или душевни състояния. Книга на случването, на страданието, но и пълн [...]

    6. Tonkica on said:

      Svaki put u sličnim pričama budem sretna gdje sam rođena! Svaki put se posjetim biti za to jako zahvalna. Nimalo lak put jednog ostavljenog dečkića Izostalo mi je emocija u cijeloj priči, nisam se povezala s njime, ali priča je i dalje dobra.

    7. Sue on said:

      The author's note describes the background for the construction of this book and the gradual reconstruction of Enaiatollah Akbari's migration from Afghanistan to Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece and finally, to Italy. The journey started when he was around 10. "The book is based on a true story. But of course Enaiatollah didn't remember it all perfectly. Together we painstakingly reconstructed his journey, looking at maps, consulting Google, trying to create a chronology for his fragmented memori [...]

    8. Lynda on said:

      An extraordinary story of a ten year old Afghan refugee (Enaiatollah) who, via human traffickers, spends over five years of his life moving from Afghanistan to Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece and Italy. Based on a true story.It is a very personal story of life as a refugee and of life-or-death battles and experiences. Superbly written. Fabio Geda beautifully delivers the human experience of Enaiatollah, whose will for survival is more than remarkable. The story also provides insight into just how [...]

    9. Patryx on said:

      Si tratta della versione ridotta per bambini dell'omonimo libro di F. Geda. Un libro da leggere assolutamente perchè con la leggerezza di una storia per bambini (grandicelli) ci narra il dramma di chi deve abbandonare il proprio paese, attraversare il mare e giungere sino qui per avere una vita migliore (e quindi immaginatevi cosa lascia). Io ho anche versato qualche lacrimuccia leggendolo, soprattutto quando il protagonista (un bambino di 10 anni) si ritrova da solo senza la madre!

    10. Milena on said:

      Някъде към средата си обеащх, че няма да плача на тази книга, че не може аз да рева, когато хората минават през това, което е описано в нея. Ами не издържах, не си спазих обещанието. Тази книга те стиска за гърлото и те кара много внимателно да помислиш за живота си.И да си благо [...]

    11. Megan on said:

      In the Sea There are Crocodiles – Fabio GedaTranslated from Italian by Howard Curtis‘If you hold a wish up high, any wish, just in front of your forehead, then life will always be worth living.’I’m not really sure what I expected from this story. Initially, I was seduced by the cover of the book – whether that was the colour, or the gorgeous eyes of the young person – I am not really sure. Then I read that it was the story of a young boy who had journeyed from Afghanistan through Pak [...]

    12. Susan (aka Just My Op) on said:

      (creative nonfiction?, 3.5/5 stars) Before his mother abandons him in Pakistan after taking him there to avoid the Taliban in Afghanistan, she gives Enaiatollah Akbari three rules:1. Never use drugs2. Never use weapons3. Don't cheat or stealThat doesn't give a ten-year old (more or less) boy much of a start to find his own way in the world. This book, “based on the true story,” is short, simple, and reads like fiction. Don't expect a big high-level view of politics, of the Taliban, of what i [...]

    13. Allie on said:

      I'm so glad this book is over. I feel terrible saying that, but it's true. Enaiat's story is incredible--there is absolutely no doubt about that. His mother drops him off in Pakistan to start his life as an Afghan immigrant because she fears for her son's life. He then travels to Iran, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. He often travels with traffickers in deplorable conditions. His story of being shuffled across borders in the false-bottom of a truck with numerous other children for three days, with on [...]

    14. Beverly on said:

      • The book had a conversational style and the narrator is charming and not necessarily dwelling on all that is wrong with the world that set him on this journey but always emphasized the positive and the kindness of others that helped him• I would say this is more YA than adult and would make for a great HS book discussion• I could not imagine being on my own at 10 yrs old and crossing borders and figure out how to survive in this world• The narrator feels that his mother gave him a seco [...]

    15. Booknblues on said:

      In the Sea There are Crocodiles: Based on the True Story of Enaiatollah Akbari, is a short but fascinating story of a ten year old Afghanistan boy's journey from Pakistan to Italy. He was brought to Pakistan by his mother because she feared for his life in Afghanistan. She was unable to stay there with him as she had younger children still in Afghanistan which relied on her, so she gave Akbari the advice which she hoped would lead to his survival.Akbari was indeed a very resilient child who surv [...]

    16. Jabiz Raisdana on said:

      Another great book about the everyday heroism so many young people deal with in the face of great odds. Books like this are important to remind us that beyond the comfort of our everyday lives, people all over the world persevere beyond what we could ever imagine just to survive and be free. Well-written, this is a captivating story and another important read for students at UWCSEA and beyond. Like Never Fall Down, Boys Without Names and Little Bee, this is a book that you will not believe, but [...]

    17. Ayza Amjad on said:

      Het bibliografisch adres van de roman:F. GEDA, In de zee zijn krokodillen, De arbeiderspers, Amsterdam, 2010, 179 blz.Biografie van Fabio Geda:Fabio Geda werd geboren in 1972 in Turijn, waar hij woont. Na een diploma in Communicatiewetenschappen, werkte ze een decennium lang als opvoeder voor sociale diensten. Een ervaring die op de een of andere manier in zijn literaire productie is gegoten.Sinds zijn debuut in 2007 met om de rest van de reis Ik Schoot de Indianen, Geda zet het midden van het v [...]

    18. Carole on said:

      This book is based on the recollections of a refugee, a young man whose mother took him to Pakistan, from their home in Afghanistan, and abandoned him at age 10, without warning, so he might have a brighter future. What a struggle this youngster experienced. Through luck and ingenuity he was able to survive and eventually sneak into Iran, where he could make a subsistence, along with a number of other illegal workers, in construction. He was constantly in danger of deportation back to Pakistan, [...]

    19. Dhe on said:

      ho preso in prestito questo libro dalla biblioteca appena arrivato. il motivo è semplice: avevo assistito alla presentazione del libro un paio di anni fa, al salone del libro di torino, più per caso che per altro, ed ero rimasta molto colpita dal ragazzo da cui nasce la storia, un ragazzo molto giovane ma molto determinato che invece che essere in balia dell'intervistatrice aveva il controllo (cosa piuttosto rara). l'episodio che più mi aveva fatto sorridere e che mi aveva spinta a rimanere a [...]

    20. Frank on said:

      Questo libro di Fabio Geda è bello, interessante, coinvolgente e drammatico.Racconta l’odissea di un ragazzo afgano che la madre decide di salvare dai talebani e dal loro regime autoritario.Siamo qualche anno prima degli attentati alle torri gemelle e le condizioni di vita imposte dai barbalunga sono oppressive e senza via d’uscita.Parte allora un viaggio che durerà diversi anni e che vedrà il piccolo Enaiatollah Akbari toccare Pakistan, Iran, Turchia, Grecia prima di giungere in Italia e [...]

    21. Lammoth on said:

      Някои истории трябва да бъдат чути. Защото са истински, помагат да погледнем нещата под друг ъгъл и ни карат да градим по-внимателно и пълноценно обществата си.Не всеки се ражда на благоприятно място за живеене. Съдбата поставя 10-годишния Енаятолах Акбари в особено враждеб [...]

    22. Armin Hennig on said:

      Eine so weit rührende Geschichte, die Hintergründe und Ursachen einer Fluch aus Afghanistan während der Herrschaft der Taliban aufzeigt. Keine Bildungschancen für Einaiatollah, nachdem die schiitische Minderheit, der seine Familie angehört systematisch unterdrückt wird und der Vater ums Leben kommt. Die Mutter setzt den zehnjährigen Jungen in Pakistan aus, nachdem sie ihm drei Versprechen abgenommen hat: Keine Drogen, keine Waffen und nicht stehlen.Die Einhaltung des dritten hindert ihn d [...]

    23. Tracey on said:

      This is the novelization of a true story of a boy whose mother smuggled him out of Afghanistan when he was 10 to keep him safe from the Taliban. But then she went back, so it is the story of him, age 10-18, fending for himself, making his way in the world, and making his way from country to country until he eventually settles in Italy. Written in the first person, as if he is telling the reader his life story, it is remarkably matter-of-fact and non-sensationalistic. It is narrated as if this is [...]

    24. Жор on said:

      Цялото ревю:knizhenjor/2013/10/ima-kroОще в първите страници разказвачът е така спокоен и умерен, сякаш да си десетгодишен, толкова дребен, че можеш да се побереш в контурите на цифрата 1, и да търсиш подслон в неизвестна страна, сред хаоса на стотици непознати, е съвсем в реда на нещата. [...]

    25. Diana on said:

      Често попадам на сравнения между книгите на Халед Хюсейни и тази и на мерене коя е по-по-най. Книгите на Хюсейни са затрогващо красива болка, но са художествена измислица. Фабио Джеда е споделил истинската история на едно момче, тоест неукрасена литературно автобиография. Н [...]

    26. Христо Блажев on said:

      През девет земи в десета, през живота, озъбен и страшен: knigolandiafo/book-review/iПокрай самоунижителния нихилизъм, който залива младите, разочаровани от политическата залъгалка у нас, пропускаме нещо много, много важно – че дори и тази изкривена, корумпирана реалност е все пак едно [...]

    27. Lupurk on said:

      Uno di quei libri che mentre lo leggi continui a pensare "Ecco un libro che tutti dovrebbero leggere". Scritto benissimo, riesce a strappare un sorriso anche narrando vicende terrificanti, in più di un momento ho avuto la pelle d'oca, leggendo, e pensando che sono cose che succedono davvero, è tutto reale, a volte anche peggio di così. Eppure il tono di fondo riesce a rimanere leggero e positivo, la speranza nell'umanità riesce in qualche modo a superare l'atrocità di certe situazioni e di [...]

    28. Barb on said:

      I was moved by Enaiatollah Akbari's story, I'm glad that Fabio Geda has recorded it for the sake of history but I wish that Geda had expanded on the details a little more or that I had read this with a companion book on Afghanistan so that I would have had a greater understanding of what daily life was like for Akbari there. I thought this was a moving story but lacked the details that would have made it a richer reading experience for me. I think it would be an excellent book for the right teac [...]

    29. Helen on said:

      At the age of ten, Enaiatollah Akbari and his mother travelled from Afghanistan to Pakistan. The morning after his mother makes him swear to keep 3 promises about how to live and behave, Enaiatollah wakes up to discover that his mother has left him alone to fend for himself. The book then continues to recount the unforgettable story of his journey to Italy in an attempt to find a safe place to live as an asylum-seeker.Simply told, utterly compelling and riveting, the book offers much food for th [...]

    30. Noshin Saiyaara on said:

      Though I'm not a big fan of personal narratives, I found this book incredibly inspiring, full of comical humour and realism. I would recommend this book to people looking for something rather short and sweet, but I think everyone needs to pick this one up and give it a try.

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