Monday, April 25, 2011
Stones for my Father by Trilby Kent Blog Tour
Imagine being a young girl on a farm in South Africa during the time the Boer families are being driven out by the British... Life was never easy on the farm, but war had new terrors.
Ms. Kent does a lovely job of recreating these turbulent times in her story and sharing the Boer war history with today's young adults. Her words make the land vivid, the emotions real, and the conflicts hurt.
Not only does the author show how the British thought the Boer's were lesser beings, she also shows how the black Africans were treated by the Boers. Her main character Corlie Roux finds a unlikely ally during all this trauma. She needs one because her mother hates her.
This book especially talked to me because my father's father immigrated from what is now Croatia during World War I by fighting for the American troops as an interpreter (he could speak eight languages). War is war wherever it is fought and many of misdeeds in this story have been repeated in time. If only we learned from history.
Since I have my own past history that touches me, I asked the author the following questions:
Here are her responses:
This story fascinated me with its historical content and the word pictures she created as you read it. I highly recommend this book. Not just for young adult readers, either. Adults can enjoy this story as much young ones.
Why not visit South Africa from your armchair and follow the story of Corlie, who more than anything wants to live...