Saturday, 26 September 2015

An Iranian Refugee's Story

Iranian Writer (now lives in the USA) Abbas Kazerooni The Boy With Two Lives A continuation of On Two Feet and Wings Allen & Unwin 2015 $17.99pb 246pp ISBN 978 1 7433 1483 8 Themes: Boarding school life/ Homelessness/ Refugees/ Sequels/ Stress
In a much darker story than the writer’s first book about his early life we pick up where he is sent to England having fled conscription into the Iranian Army at the age of ten. Things are not much better there as he is placed in a boarding school where he is badly treated and finally when he has just turned thirteen, he finds himself 'homeless' and with no way of keeping contact with his mother who is still in Iran. The story is told simply and one of the things that shines through this account of a tough life is the complete lack of bitterness on Abbas’s part. 

He is now a successful lawyer, actor, writer and producer. He lives in California, USA

Year 8 up/ Age 12 up

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