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My name is Blaise Fortune and I am a citizen of the French Republic It s the pure and simple truthSo A Time of Miracles introduces the reader into the life of the refugees Blaise Koumail and Gloria Blaise a young boy and Gloria his guardian find themselves on the run again and again as Russian soldiers approach It seems they can t settle anywhere for any period of time Despair she says is dangerous and clever than the Armenian who knocked out Sergei It is invisible and slips into everything If you don t fight against it it nibbles at your soul But how do you know if you caught a despair if you can t even see it I wonderRather than focusing only on how Blaise and Gloria survive the book centers on topics practical for refugees such as despairhopeloyalty coping living when there is little for which to live As Gloria weaves her hope inspiring magic when Blaise tires of running the uestion arises are some lies necessary if they inspire hope A positive book not depressing in spite of the setting it is a nicely crafted YA story 179 pages that can easily be read in an afternoon 2011 Batchelder Award winnerI have a European heart and this story told by 18YO Kouma l looking back on his life is a beauty Part mystery part history part coming of age story his tale begins at the fall of Soviet Georgia where 7YO K manages to have a childhood while dodging revolutionaries starvation and other disasters alongside his adored and adoring Gloria a woman who claims to have adopted him after his mother was badly injured in a train wreckA Time of Miracles tells of K s search across six countries for the plain and simple truth and his real mother His voice is both delightful and haunting and Anne Laure Bondoux has worked great depth and complexity into 180 simply written pages Highly recommended I thought this was pretty good I did have some difficulty keeping the roughly contemporary time in mind but that s not the fault of the book but rather our own little self centered culture that makes it difficult to see that it can be different and difficult in order places in today s world It does open up a fascinating world view although one that is blurred by the confusion of childhood and memory Gloria s character seems a bit strange at first but later here is explanation for this although not typically what I d expect in a children s book not that I think there is anything wrong with A Time of Miracles by Anne Laure Bondoux is a heartrending novel about a woman and a child who attempt to travel across dozens of borders from the Caucasus Mountains to France without much resources The trip is an illegal immigration undertaken by the child Blaise Fortune when he is a ten year old child Blaise Fortune was informally adopted and named when he was a baby by the then single twenty year old Gloria Vassilievna Dabaieva ust a few years before the 1992 Abkhazian war began against the Russians and Georgians and a myriad of other little Slavic Russian and Turkish tribes that had been crushed together by the former Soviet Union the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991 Gloria told him she had found him as a baby in his dead mother s arms inside a passenger car of a derailed train This war really happened is a little boy throughout most of his story he explains what happens from his viewpoint To him the wrecked abandoned places he and his displaced caretaker live in are the way things have always been the lack of food the freezing cold of winters the ragged clothes the lack of consistent electrical power or clean water However Gloria has kept hidden all of these years his passport taken from the woman on the train and she speaks constantly of returning Blaise to his home country Blaise s fondest memory is the hearing of the story of how Gloria found him He begs her to tell the story again and again She also encourages him to learn FrenchFinally when Blaise is ten years old after the militia chases them out of yet another abandoned building and Gloria must leave behind another horrible ob Gloria decides it is time to Winner of the Batchelder Award this tale of of exile sacrifice hope and survival is a story of ultimate loveBlaise Fortune also known as Koumaïl loves hearing the story of how he came to live with Gloria in the Republic of Georgia Gloria was picking peaches in her father’s orchard when she heard a train derail After running to the site of the accident she found an injured woman who asked Gloria to take her baby The
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Ted with the pace wishing it would speed up to present In the end everything made sense and I was appreciative of how many details were given about each stage in Blaise s life I totally didn t realize that I never wrote a review for this book oopsI read this book for the Diversity in All book club If you would like to participate in the group discussion here is the link is a young adult novel that deals with multiple different issues that immigrants face The main character grows up loving to hear stories of how he came to live with Gloria in the Republic of Georgia Gloria was picking peaches in her father s orchard when she heard a train derail After running to the site of the accident she found an injured woman who asked Gloria to take her baby When Blaise tur I would ve loved this book when I was in middle school Back then I sought out stories of heartbreak and disaster most of them set in wartime and most of them offering a glimpse of the beauty still possible in the middle of human waves of conflict Most of those stories would ve been set during the Holocaust but this one isn t It begins in a makeshift camp called the Complex in 1992 a time so recent that I was bewildered not to know of it scrambling to figure out what was going on and why bad things were happening around me Everything seemed as achingly real and as slightly off kilter as a vivid dreamThe precise language here is stunning and manages to be wholly clear while retaining a cadence that makes you believe the translator didn t stray far from the original French Most of all the novel never wavers from the viewpoint of the child narrator a boy named Koumail who as a baby was rescued from a train wreck with only a French passport As he ourneys with his rescuer the saintly Gloria he slowly grows aware of both his past and his dangerous present until at last he and we can see the whole of the story which has engulfed him If I d have studied the map at the front of the book I might have realized sooner that this was a story of refugees fleeing the armed conflict that followed the breakup of the Soviet Union but I was afraid of learning too much too soon And to me this is the magic of A Time of Miracles We witness only as much as we are able to bear but grow capable by the end of the story of knowing the full truth Highly recommended This was an unusual book in two ways First it started out reading like a Im Not Millie! juvenile novel and then in the last uarter felt like a YA novel This is because the main character grew up very fast and was in his upper teens toward the end whereas he was nine when the story first began Second it was set in the Caucasus the Georgia region during a war I had never heard of When I read it it felt like I was reading a novel set in World War II but it really began in 1992 to 1993 when the Russian republics were all fighting and vying for independence from Russia Koumail and his guardian Gloria are trying to make it to France where Gloria had told Koumail he had been born They walked most of the time helped sometimes along the way by kind people but sharing many hardships hunger cold wet pain and at times despair It was hard for me to believe that this could happen in modern eastern Europe However it s notust a story of survival but a story of a boy s longing for an identity a family and a place to belong I like how France is depicted here as a country that respects human rights and takes in refugee children The ending was unexpected and I was left wishing that this grim story had been a bit longer I must recommend this book especially for its unusual setting Is there a difference between a lie and a made up storyThis is a sad hopeful story of a young boy and the woman who saves his life refugees from the war in the Caucasus as they try to make their way towards safety There s a helpful map at the front of the book but don t look too carefully at the details of Kouma l s Salvation: A Novel (Salvation Sequence) journey or it ll spoil the story a bit Just look at the geography if you don t know itGood for young adults and regular adults. Re a five yearourney across the Caucasus and Europe weathering hardships and welcoming unforgettable encounters with other refugees searching for a better life During this time Blaise grows from a boy into an adolescent; but only later as a young man can he finally attempt to untangle his identity Bondoux’s heartbreaking tale of exile sacrifice hope and survival is a story of ultimate love From the Hardcover editio.
O to France It will be a difficult A River of Royal Blood (A River of Royal Blood, journey without much money papers or food and in winter too Gloria never allows Blaise to lose heart she insists they will make it Blaise is a little scared Gloria coughs and coughs like a bear is living in her chestWill they make itThis book reminded me very much of a movie Life is Beautiful httpsenmwikipediaorgwikiLifeI cried and cried for days after seeing Life is Beautiful A Time of Miracles left me a little teary as wellThe reasons behind why we tell stories especially to children has never been so powerfully demonstrated as in the movie Life is Beautiful A Time of Miracles also explores the power of storytelling to shape reality to inspire listeners and to calm and focus emotions but with a softer impact It is gentle Younger teens who are wondering what the illegal immigrants brouhaha is about will find the answers and maybe a little compassion from this bookWhat does compel illegal immigrants to endure horrors in traveling to a safer better fed country If one lives in a politically blighted and tribal society where there are also threats every day to one s family of violence death corruption and starvation and there is an ongoing war on top of everything else do we Westerners really need to wonder Theourney often is no terrible than the home community they are running from BlaiseKoumail and his protectorguardian Gloria have fled their home in the Caucasus because of the ravages of war As they pass through many places in their pursuit of a peaceful life in France Gloria does her best to protect BlaiseKoumail from the dangers that threaten them Along the way they meet many people who threaten them and also many people who help them and befriend themThis YA novel is told to the reader through BlaiseKoumail As the book opens he is six years old and by the end he is twenty This book is written for teens and preteens and gives them a full picture of what it means to be a refuge to be stateless to not have a home and as a result to even be unsure of one s identity It is very sensitively written by Anne Laure Bondoux She won the Mildred L Batchelder Honor Book in the United States and the Prix Sorcieres in France for A Time of Miracles These awards were well deserved I hope this book becomes a reuired or at least recommended book at middle schools and high schools throughout the United States Besides learning about literature from reading it they can learn compassion I m struggling with how to review and rate this novel for several reasons mainly because I feel that I should never have read it Don t get me wrong it was a good read it was Transnasal Endoscopic Skull Base and Brain Surgery just very hard to get through I m going to give it 3 stars as a middle grade read for it s simplicity age appropriate language and good plot descriptionexecution but as a young adult read it wouldn t have passed at allFirst off this is definitely a middle gradeyoung YA novel which is a genre I don t particularily enjoy reading If I had known this in the first place I probably wouldn t have read it I found it to be very childish anduvenile at first though in the end it made a lot of sense for Blaise to be so young a narrator in such terrifying conditionsI also felt uneuipped to read this because I struggled with the history and non fiction aspects of the novel I know absolutely nothing about Georgia or the collapse of the Soviet Union A lot of the politics and cultural norms were lost on me and probably many other YA readers I wish Anne Laure Bondoux had given a brief history at the start though the maps definitely helped me keep track of where they were goingAs a novel A Time of Miracles was structured well Very few details were given at the start when Blaise s memories would have been blurry and grew into larger chapters as he aged I liked how realistic his recollections were some chapters were ust for one day while others covered several years as time slipped by Since I had no idea that this was supposed to be about Blaise s childhood rather than adolescence I spent the first half of the story frustra. Oman Gloria claims was French and the baby was Blaise When Blaise turns seven years old the Soviet Union collapses and Gloria decides that she and Blaise must flee the political troubles and civil unrest in Georgia The two make their way westward on foot heading toward France where Gloria says they will find safe haven But what exactly is the truth about Blaise’s pastBits and pieces are revealed as he and Gloria endu.
Anne Laure Bondoux has received numerous literary prizes in her native France Among her previous books published by Delacorte Press is The Killer’s Tears which received the prestigious Prix Sorcières in France and was a Mildred L Batchelder Honor Book in the United States