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Top 40 Book Club : December 2008
FICTION READING SUGGESTIONS Song for Night CHRIS ABANI ‘ The beautiful language of the book helps to mask the horror ’ My Luck is a fifteen year old soldier fighting a war somewhere in West Africa. My Luck is a ‘mine diffuser’, one of a group of children charged with the task of locating and dismantling land mines. When a mine explodes, My Luck is separated from his platoon, and Song for Night describes his search to be reunited with them. The beautiful language of the book helps to mask the horror of the events described, a child trapped standing on a landmine, starving people resorting to cannibalism and a soldier suffering the fear and fatigue. The reader is taken from horror to sympathy, even empathy and finally hope. 5