A Long Walk To Water is a story that exemplifies how the power of determination combats fierce hopelessness.
It has a dual narrative set in Sudan. The tributaries of a river can be viewed as a pertinent metaphor to describe the two narratives: the tributaries come together in an oxbow lake where water becomes plentiful, hope flourishes and different parts of the world, points in time and tribes come together. The practical and healing properties of water are celebrated in this story. The African landscape facilitates the direction of the story – a compass, especially for the main character Salwa; a compass of life directing him to his path to survival and renewal.
Throughout this mesmerising story, some moments will take your breath away. It is a very human story which asks you to feel, think and reflect deeply. As a reader, you invest in both characters, seeing situations through their eyes; powerful insights where you learn a lot about the spectrum of humanity.
A Long Walk To Water is a story for the upper junior years. It would work well as a class text which would facilitate deep thought and discussion, especially when looking at what it means to be a refugee, displacement, hope and making a difference.
The beauty of the human spirit shines through this story and the power it has to overcome adversity and bring hope to life.
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