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The source of that terrible noise I hardly want to You won't understand because you weren't there You can't understand You see I thought I'd heard seagulls screeching Seagulls fighting over a lucky catch Birds Just birds' Emma Jane Kirby has r. A deeply upsetting read that is 100% relevant Anyone who thinks they understand the human element of the current refugee crisis should read this as soon as they can This is not an issue of any bullst reclamation of a nation or any other fascist cp that seems to be being spouted currently this is a human issue with real human suffering at it s core I urge anyone and everyone to read this book now I also urge people in the UK to go and buy a copy from their local Waterstones or from the Waterstones website throughout November every copy sold by Waterstones will result in a donation of 5 being given to Oxfam so that they can continue to provide aid and assistance to the people

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From an award winning BBC journalist this moving book turns the testimony of an accidental hero into a timeless story about the awakening of human courage and conscience 'I can hardly begin to describe to you what I saw as our boat approached. The most important book I read this year I did cry all the way through it but I am glad I read it

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Eported extensively on the reality of mass migration today In The Optician of Lampedusa she brings to life the moving testimony of an ordinary man whose late summer boat trip off a Sicilian island unexpectedly turns into a tragic rescue missio. This book was a pretty bland reading experience and I think that s because I was expecting either a non fiction style recounting of the event and its political backdrop or a first person account from the journalist s perspective in interviewing him Instead the style comes across as The Optician of Lampedusa the Novelization Which I think is fine I understand why it is that way it makes his story into A Story and focuses on human emotions above all else in a situation when we re often only given the cold facts and it s easy for people to avoid empathising The book has a raison d etre beyond being a good read But it wasn t a good read Which is a shame because I thought I would e


10 thoughts on “The Optician of Lampedusa

  1. says:

    The most important book I read thi

  2. says:

    This is a story that needs to be told but I just don't feel it was told that well in terms of story character or writing Not one for me

  3. says:

    Just Wow What a powerful accountThis book stunned me into silenceFor one so small it swells tears with words its paragraphs pull punc

  4. says:

    A deeply upsetting read that is 100% relevant Anyone who thinks they understand the human element of the current refugee crisis should read this as soon as they can This is not an issue of any bullst reclamation of a nation or any other fascis

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    If you’re like me then you’ve never heard of Lampedusa It’s a tiny island with a huge problem Every year thousands of refugees fleeing Africa wash up on its shores The Optician of Lampedusa is written by BBC reporter Emma Jane Kirby She tells the true story of Lampedusa’s only optician and the day that changed his life forever In October of 2013 the optician and seven of his friends were on a boating trip in the Mediterra

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    He could not ignore the fact that the waving hands had always been visible to him They had waved in the water yes but they had also waved from the reception centre from the church steps and from the roadside where he had

  7. says:

    This book was a pretty bland reading experience and I think that's because I was expecting either a non fiction style recounting of the event and its political backdrop or a first person account from the journalist's perspective in interviewi

  8. says:

    A true story written by a BBC reporter trying in any way possible to draw attention to something the lucky only care about if it inconveniences them huge numbers of our fellow humans currently dying in desperate dangerous flailing attempts to

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    “How naive he’d been thought the optician how naive Because there would always be greater sorrow deeper and unfathomable than any of us could ever imagine” p 83Bad things happen all the time Suffering is a feature of l

  10. says:

    I'm so grateful to Waterstones for including this marvelous little book in their 6 best books of 2016 list otherwise who knows when I'd have come across it He could not ignore the fact that the waving hands had always been visible to him They had waved in the water yes but they had also waved from the reception centre from the church steps and from the roadside where he had jogged past them blindly They had waved from the newspa