Monday, July 07, 2014

Monsieur Linh and His Child

Monsieur Linh and His ChildMonsieur Linh and His Child by Philippe Claudel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. The (relatively) short story of Monsieur Linh and His Child is captivating from beginning to end. Short sentences, short chapters and an interesting story that takes you from an unnamed war-torn Asian country to an unnamed country accepting refugees. Monsieur Linh ends up daily sitting on a park bench, listening to Monsieur Bark, speaking a language he does not understand. Despite this, the friendship develops and grows, and they go to places. When Monsieur Linh is suddenly removed from his refugee home, he immediately sets his mind on meeting up again with his friend. The journey ends unexpectedly, with a true twist.
It's a quick and easy read, which really makes you reflect on your relationships, with both those near and far from you. I really recommend reading it, and it won't take you more than a day or two.

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