Bamboo People : A Novel

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HarperCollins Publishers India, Mar 5, 2012 - Fiction - 280 pages
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'A graceful exploration of the redemptive power of love, family and friendship ...' - Publishers Weekly Chiko isn't a fighter by nature. He's a book-smart Burmese boy whose father, a doctor, is in prison for resisting the government. When Chiko is forced into the army by trickery, he must find the courage to survive the mental and physical punishment meted out by the training facility's menacing captain. TuReh can't forget the image of the Burmese soldiers burning his home and the bamboo fields of his oppressed Karenni people, one of the many ethnic minorities in Burma. Now living in a Karenni refugee camp on the Thai border, TuReh is consumed by anger and the need for revenge. He can't wait to join his father and the Karenni resistance in the effort to protect their people. Chiko and TuReh's stories come to a violent intersection as each boy is sent on his first mission into the jungle. Extreme circumstances and unlikely friendships force each boy to confront what it means to be a man of his people. Set against the political and military backdrop of modern-day Burma, Bamboo People explores the power of courage and compassion to overcome violence and prejudice.

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User Review  - smheatherly2 - LibraryThing

I did not know much about Burma, which is why I found this novel so interesting. I also like the writing style being in first person because it allows you to get into the boy's head more. In addition, I was shocked, yet pleased, when Perkins switched the point of view from one boy to the next. Read full review

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User Review  - FrancescaForrest - LibraryThing

I was interested in this for the subject matter and for paying attention to the nuts and bolts of how Mitali Perkins introduced cultural elements and wove together the stories of her two protagonists ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Mitali Perkins was born in Kolkata, then lived in Cameroon, Ghana, Mexico, London and New York before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she studied political science at Stanford University and public policy at U.C. Berkeley. Her books include Monsoon Summer, The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen, Rickshaw Girl, The Secret Keeper and Bamboo People. She now lives in Newton, Massachusetts, with her husband and sons, and ruminates about life, writing and books between cultures at www.mitaliperkins.com.

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