The Last Brother
As 1944 comes to a close, nine-year-old Raj is unaware of the war devastating the rest of the world. He lives in Mauritius, a remote island in the Indian Ocean, where survival is a daily struggle for his family. When a brutal beating lands Raj in the hospital of the prison camp where his father... show more
As 1944 comes to a close, nine-year-old Raj is unaware of the war devastating the rest of the world. He lives in Mauritius, a remote island in the Indian Ocean, where survival is a daily struggle for his family. When a brutal beating lands Raj in the hospital of the prison camp where his father is a guard, he meets a mysterious boy his own age. David is a refugee, one of a group of Jewish exiles whose harrowing journey took them from Nazioccupied Europe to Palestine, where they were refused entry and sent on to indefinite detainment in Mauritius. A massive storm on the island leads to a breach of security at the camp, and David escapes, with Raj’s help. After a few days spent hiding from Raj’s cruel father, the two young boys flee into the forest. Danger, hunger, and malaria turn what at first seems like an adventure to Raj into an increasingly desperate mission. This unforgettable and deeply moving novel sheds light on a fascinating and unexplored corner of World War II history, and establishes Nathacha Appanah as a significant international voice.
Publish date: February 1st 2011
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Pages no: 165
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Coming Of Age
, World War II
At 164 pages, The Last Brother is an easy read, but the subject matter is not. There is a tremendous amount of tragedy compacted into this short novel, making it a compelling but painful experience for the reader. Raj's guilt hits the reader full-force with the opening sentence and does not ease as ...
The story isn't true, but is certainly reads as though it were. My heart goes out to the two young boys the plot revolves around. The story is told from the point of view of the protagonist after he is grown and old, and is still struggling with the decisions made when he was just a mere boy in an...
Discerning Reader: So, 2 stars, huh? How come?Me: The most noticeable thing about this book is that it’s sentimental and emotionally manipulative.Discerning Reader: Is it another Holocaust book?Me: Sort of. The narrator, Raj, is a old man from Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean. He’s looking b...