first she had travelled in the mountains, and went to iran she had lived many danger with her exile she left school and her friends in iraq her life was very difficult but she always takes care of the whole family.
i want for TARA a better life than she knew i would like to see her going to school without fear i would like to protect TARA against all the cruality around her bomb, murder,war ect TARA should be happy and joyful according to her age.
i pick this person because she is the important person in that book she is brave and optimist over, she helps the whole family she is realistic 2 does this story or it s characters remind you of another story you have read does it remind you of a movie how are they alike and how are they different this book reminds me number the star TARA reminds me ANNEMARIE JOHANSENS they have the same age both of them has lived the war both has tried to help people around them, people that they love both were brave and strong those two characters are really similar The story starts with an execution on the street witnessed by the young girl on the street It then quickly escalated to her family having to flee to the mountains to join Kurdish freedom fighters I found it interesting the mother who fought to keep the family together and raise her children as best she could in a hostile environment, Arab neighbours willing to help their Kurdish neighbours, a father who maintained that to do the right thing was important than anything, a brother caught up in the excitement of going off to be a freedom fighter and a village surviving and thriving despite indiscriminate bombings.
My friend gave me this book and I read it without realising it was a children s book It explores the fictional life of a Kurdish family forced to flee Iraqi secret police during the time of the war between Iraq and Iran from the point of view of a young girl of 15 The writer conveys the confusion and desperation of what must be millions of Kurds during that time through this family.
For Tara, The World Is Turned Upside Down When Her Father S Involvement In The Kurdish Resistance Movement Forces The Family To Flee Iraq And Eventually Seek Asylum In Britain This Book Is Written By The Award Winning Writer Elizabeth Laird, Author Of Red Sky In Morning This is one of the best books I have read about the Kurdish diaspora experience Simple and direct in style, it follows a teenage girl from Suleymaniya in Iraq as her family takes refuge in the Zagros mountains, then cross the border into Iran, then move through several refugee camps, until finally receiving asylum in England The book is both sensitive and detailed, describing events and their causes that few other mainstream books have tackled These include Tensions between Kurds and Saddam s regime before the Iran Iraq war Unwillingness of young Kurdish men to be conscripted into Saddam s army to fight Iran joining one enemy to fight another Bombing raids conducted against Kurdish villages by Saddam s army in 1984 5, even before the genocide of Al Anfal officially began in 1986 Extreme danger and difficulty of fleeing by foot and horseback over the Zagros Mountains to Iran Horrible conditions of refugee camps in Iran barely any food, bug infested shacks to live in, and the mistrust of Persians towards Kurds Genuine friendships between Kurds and Arabs in Kurdish Iraq, despite governmental pressure and unfairness Desperation of refugees seeking asylum, and the lack of reliable information given to them Prison like conditions in UK detention camps for asylum seekersI really admire Elizabeth Laird for the great job she did describing all these things while still writing an engaging story appropriate for young adult readers.
Solid writing and descriptions for a younger audience, with the deprivations of refugee life but none of the harsher themes and war crimes There is a detailed description of a bloody air raid, but solidly PG after that The author s note at the end thanks the Kurdish girls whose stories framed the book, so it s not completely fiction.
The major pitfall is that the ending is a bit rushed and too easily wrapped up, but it does not, overall, detract too much from the story itself.
I had to read this for my English class when at school, but it is one that made a lasting impression on me, a book I ve never forgotten, partly because it inspired me to write this poem, at age thirteen Freedom is notwaiting in the dustfor someone to pick up the piecesso you can start againFreedom ismaking your own decisionsand deciding upon whatother people may ask of youFreedom is notfrightening away hopewith fears of the pastand being locked away in itFreedom isletting yourself looseand rediscovering the worldwhich you live in.
I don t remember much of the story itself, actually, apart from the fact that I was quite taken with the lead character.
Please pardon any spelling errors and consider this review to be petty Like many others, I read this in seventh grade for school It was assigned a few months after the September 11, 2001 attacks I remember wondering if there was a reason it was assigned then, or if every school had to read it Reading this book as an adult brought back flickers of memories of reading it then School comp lit classes always made me hate reading, and I d come home and dive into my pile of library books and ignore my homework I also loathed my seventh grade teacher Everyone who had her did I was a real jerk to her, especially about this book I couldn t relate to it, had no idea why we were reading it, and found it boring and confusing As an adult, I was determined to read it in one sitting, which I did, and hoped for a different opinion I m ashamed that I still can t relate and that I m critical of the writing repeated prettysetting Bombing Long journey Arguing Long journey Barely there emotions This is clearly for young teens, and that s fine, but it really feelslike the author normally writes for adults, and is somehow holding back The little kids add nothing to the story and annoyed me From the way they were written, I wonder if the author had children the same age when she wrote this Reading this in one sitting overall reinforced my lack of enjoyment or connection.
A peek into the Iraq Iran Kurdish war in the 1980 s, and the impact on children and families Use of God s name, and a spoiled child alert, as well as war descriptives.
Given how small this book was, and how slowly it started off, I am pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it.
The story follows twelve year old Tara Hawrami and her family as they are booted first from their comfortable life in Iraq to the mountains of Kurdistan, then to Iran, and finally to England, hoping to escape the Iran Iraq War I think that was the war, it never said specifically though and the persecution that the Kurdish people were faced with.
I think that historical fiction is a great way to get an introduction to world issues, and this was no exception I don t know much about the various conflicts in the Middle East, or indeed much about anything that happened between the end of WWII and the turn of the century, even though my parents grew up during the 60 s and 70 s Kiss the Dust served as really good insight to the discrimination that Kurdish people face throughout the Middle East and the world.
I drew a lot of parallels between this novel and Between Shades of Gray, including the various camps and the uncertainty the family faced throughout Even though the two novels are set in different times and places, the themes were very similar, and I do understand that things that happened in WWII did lead to many of the conflicts during the Cold War and the period that followed.
Another book this reminded me of was Home is Beyond the Mountains, which I honestly haven t thought about in years Again, it is set in a different time period, in WWI, although the region is the same All three of these books have taught me a lot about the world, and again, I generally believe that historical fiction is a great way to do this, for any and all age groups.
I do feel like Kiss the Dust itself was lacking a little bit in its plot development In both of the other books I mentioned, there is loss early on and throughout the story While I don t believe that all books need to have sadness or loss to be good, I do feel that in historical fiction it helps to give a larger picture of what the world was like at that time, and a larger picture of the author s message about that situation in writing their story I kept expecting this type of loss, and then I was almost disappointed when it wasn t in this novel in the same way Again, I m not saying that all historical fiction should have death and loss, but I think that it adds something to the genre, and especially the war and refugee sub genres.
I started off this week not wanting to read a book dealing with super heavy themes, but I eventually looked at this on my shelf at home, and I m glad I did I did really enjoy the story I don t know if it s necessarily something I would reread any time soon, but I ll definitely keep it around in case I do decide to, and not give it away any time soon either.
The hallmark of an Elizabeth Laird book is research Regardless of the topic, her books are always grounded very solidly in truth I believe what she writes and that s a testament to her sensitivity as a writer I adored The Garbage King and in a sort of strange way Kiss the Dust is a little bit of a precursor to that book despite their vastly different subject area Kiss the Dust, written in 1991, is set initially in Iraq Tara is living a comfortable life until her father s work with the Kurdish resistance becomes discovered by the Iraqi secret police This results in Tara s family leaving the country and becoming refugees It s a sensitive, mature coming of age story for both Tara and her family Set in a period of history I know very little about, Laird is clever at fleshing out her story with incidental detail without distracting from the central narrative It s also intriguing to see how she constantly draws her story into discussing community, how people shape home regardless of where you thought your home was There were points in this book that became slow for me but I think that s possibly a personal thing of balancing my expectations against the actual narrative Additionally I wasn t keen on the fact that the edition I read had a contextual preface in the front of it I appreciate the necessity of context in a story of this nature but much prefer it to come after a book rather than at the front, before the actual story itself.