In the Sea There are Crocodiles

Based on the True Story of Enaiatollah Akbari
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (4.53 hours)
Product Number: Z100024041
Released: Aug 09, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780307944214
Narrator/s: Mir Waiss Najibi
Publisher: Books on Tape
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When ten-year-old Enaiatollah Akbari's small village in Afghanistan falls prey to Taliban rule in early 2000, his mother shepherds the boy across the border into Pakistan but has to leave him there all alone to fend for himself. Thus begins Enaiat's remarkable and often punishing five-year ordeal, which takes him through Iran, Turkey, and Greece before he seeks political asylum in Italy at the age of fifteen. Along the way, Enaiat endures the crippling physical and emotional agony of dangerous border crossings, trekking across bitterly cold mountain pathways for days on end or being stuffed into the false bottom of a truck. But not everyone is as resourceful, resilient, or lucky as Enaiat, and there are many heart-wrenching casualties along the way. Based on Enaiat's close collaboration with Italian novelist Fabio Geda and expertly rendered in English by an award- winning translator, this novel reconstructs the young boy's memories, perfectly preserving the childlike perspective and rhythms of an intimate oral history. Told with humor and humanity, In the Sea There Are Crocodiles brilliantly captures Enaiat's moving and engaging voice and lends urgency to an epic story of hope and survival.

Author(s): Fabio Geda
Original Publish Date: Aug 09, 2011

All formats/editions

Author(s): Fabio Geda
Product Number EB00149068
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: #9780385534741

Professional reviews

"This heartbreaking story, based on the true story of a boy who fled the Taliban in Afghanistan, is told with a childlike simplicity by Mir Waiss Najibi. The narration doesn't overplay the emotional impact of this journey by a mother who leaves her child to fend for himself in Pakistan in the face of threats by the Taliban in Afghanistan to take him to pay debts owed by his father. Najibi delivers the story with a flat honesty that underscores the plight of the preteen. The narration is augmented by words from the writer, Fabio Geda, and the interaction between the two highlights how necessary his involvement was in getting this story to readers. M.R. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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