Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Review: Iqbal - Francesco D'Adamo

Synopsis: For Fatima and the other children of Hussain Khan's carpet factory, Iqbal Masih's arrival is the end of hope and its beginning. It is Iqbal who tells them that their family's debt will never be canceled, no matter how many inches of progress they make in their rugs, no matter how neat the knots or perfect the pattern. But it is also Iqbal who is brave enough to talk about the future. "Fatima," he promises, "next spring you and I are going to go and fly a kite. Remember that, whatever happens."

This is the story of the real Iqbal: a courageous thirteen-year-old boy who knew that his life was worth more than a rug, that chaining children to looms to work hours without rest was not right, and that there was a way to stop the abuse.

Review: Iqbal is a very quick read - 120 pages long. It was very interesting and heart-wrenching at the same time, for while it's told from a fictional girl's point of view, it's a true story nonetheless and thousands of children are still enslaved like the ones in Iqbal around the world. And if you already know the story of Iqbal, then you already know that the book has a bittersweet ending. But I would encourage people to read it. It is considered juvenile fiction, but anyone of any age would enjoy it.

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