BOOK: The Black Earth
AUTHOR: Philip Kazan
GENRE: War, Romance
PUBLISHER: Alison & Busby (19th April,2018)
A book that would make you cry, make you feel emotional and most of all, show you the fate of people in war zone, THE BLACK EARTH by PHILIP KAZAN is written in such a manner that shows the side of war never contemplated before.
The story revolves around war zone and depicts the life of people suffering from its repercussions. The novel is set in Athens. It begins with children getting displaced, they being orphaned and leaving behind everything familiar. The war has taken away everything from them, even their childhood. The world of drug is synonymous to their lives. They use it to get respite from their pain. These children grow up to identify pain, hunger, and homelessness with their plight. The main aspiration left in their life is to earn money in order to satisfy their hungry stomachs and have a roof over their heads. With a bleak future ahead, they try to make the best of their situation and try to find happiness with what they have left. For instance: singing and playing musical instruments. Amidst of all this, a love story is sprouting. Read the book to witness how they try to hold on to their relationships while trying to survive wars, and whether they would succeed or not.
I hated this book since the beginning. Not because it’s a bad book. But because this book made me feel things that I wasn’t ready to feel. The book opens with children dealing with being neglected, in pain, orphaned, and displaced. When adults can’t deal with uncertain future, how can kids? Their desperation, longing and hopelessness comes across the text in such a way that we can’t help but weep for the kids who actually suffer aftermath of wars. There are so many wars currently going on in the world and we can’t even begin to imagine what goes on with the lives of people who manage to survive (physically) them.
The author has done a brilliant job on the book. This book wasn’t easy to read and I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to write. The author has created characters whom we can sympathize with. Also, the title “Black Earth” seems so appropriate for this book as to describe a world where everything seems so uncertain. This is the kind of book where you need a break after reading it. You are so emotionally spent that you need to take time off the world and spend it with your thoughts.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
PHILIP KAZAN was born in London and grew-up on Dartmoor. He is the author of two previous novels set in fifteenth-century Florence and the Petroc series following a thirteenth-century adventurer. After living in New York and Vermont, Philip is back on the edge of Dartmoor with his wife and three children.
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