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Out of Shadows

Wallace, Jason

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Out of Shadows
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In 1983, at an elite boys' boarding school in Zimbabwe, thirteen-year-old English lad Robert Jacklin finds himself torn between his black roommate and the white bullies still bitter over losing power through the recent civil war.
Publisher: New York : Holiday House, 2011
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 0823423425
9780823423422
Branch Call Number: y WALLACE 2011
Characteristics: 282 p. ;,22 cm

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In 1983, at an elite boys' boarding school in Zimbabwe, thirteen-year-old English lad Robert Jacklin finds himself torn between his black roommate and the white bullies still bitter over losing power through the recent civil war.


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Feb 07, 2014
  • Liber_vermis rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Violence: Beatings of students; unprovoked murders of black children and a student; and a graphic closing scene with multiple shootings.

Feb 07, 2014
  • Liber_vermis rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Repeated use of the F-word; and frequent use of coarse language in local dialect (but a Glossary provides English definitions)

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Feb 07, 2014
  • Liber_vermis rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A complex story set in an exclusive boys' boarding school in recently "liberated" Zimbabwe. There is more bullying and stereotyping within the "white" tribe than racism between the 'white' and 'black' tribes of newly admitted native students. This story boils with testosterone. This dark tale reads much like William Golding's dystopian "Lord of the Flies". There is no peaceful reconciliation of issues between races in this novel.

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