Monday, August 22, 2011

In the Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda GIVEAWAY!

In the Sea There Are Crocodiles
From Goodreads: One night before putting him to bed, Enaiatollah's mother tells him three things: don't use drugs, don't use weapons, and don't steal. The next day he wakes up to find she isn't there. Ten-year-old Enaiatollah is left alone in Pakistan to fend for himself. In a book that takes a true story and shapes it into a beautiful piece of fiction, Italian novelist Fabio Geda describes Enaiatollah's remarkable five-year journey from Afghanistan to Italy where he finally managed to claim political asylum aged fifteen. His ordeal took him through Iran, Turkey and Greece, working on building sites in order to pay people-traffickers, and enduring the physical misery of dangerous border crossings squeezed into the false bottoms of lorries or trekking across inhospitable mountains. A series of almost implausible strokes of fortune enabled him to get to Turin, find help from an Italian family and meet Fabio Geda, with whom he became friends. The result of their friendship is this unique book in which Enaiatollah's engaging, moving voice is brilliantly captured by Geda's subtly simple storytelling. In Geda's hands, Enaiatollah's journey becomes a universal story of stoicism in the face of fear, and the search for a place where life is liveable.

Random House: When ten-year-old Enaiatollah Akbari’s small village in Afghanistan falls prey to Taliban rule in early 2000, his mother shepherds the boy across the border into Pakistan but has to leave him there all alone to fend for himself. Thus begins Enaiat’s remarkable and often punish­ing five-year ordeal, which takes him through Iran, Turkey, and Greece before he seeks political asylum in Italy at the age of fifteen. 

Along the way, Enaiat endures the crippling physical and emotional agony of dangerous border crossings, trekking across bitterly cold mountain pathways for days on end or being stuffed into the false bottom of a truck. But not every­one is as resourceful, resilient, or lucky as Enaiat, and there are many heart-wrenching casualties along the way. 

Based on Enaiat’s close collaboration with Italian novelist Fabio Geda and expertly rendered in English by an award- winning translator, this novel reconstructs the young boy’s memories, perfectly preserving the childlike perspective and rhythms of an intimate oral history. 
Told with humor and humanity, In the Sea There Are Crocodiles brilliantly captures Enaiat’s moving and engaging voice and lends urgency to an epic story of hope and survival.

Thanks to my awesome friends at Doubleday, I have 2 copies available for giveaway. All you have to do is fill out form below. Good karma follows those of you who add a comment that you love me more than Lionel Ritchie. If you are feeling really good, even more than Justin Beiber but let's not get crazy.


This Is What I Read said...

I love you more then Team Jacob and yea that Beaver guy

CountessLaurie said...

I love you more than Lionel Richie, Justin Beiber AND Pioneer Woman combined and almost as much as we collectively love Jon Bon Jovi.

Come on... that is LOVE. Or maybe borderline obsession and stalking. Hmmm, now who could diagnose this for me?

Margie said...

Well...I don't really like Justin Bieber, so saying I love you more than him isn't saying much!! But if I can get an extra entry, I'll say it anyway.
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

mamabunny13 said...

I really, really love you more than Lionel Ritchie! ...and way more than Justin Bieber :D
mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

Danette said...

Enjoy your blog! and am putting this book on my TBR list!

Amy said...

This book sounds like a beautiful, fascinating and powerfully touching story. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

Ummm...who's Justin Beiber?!?!

Heidi said...

Justin Beiber's got nothing on you and Lionel Richie just won't quit Dancing On The Ceiling and it's rather annoying.