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My Name is Leon

My Name is Leon

作者 : Kit de Waal

出版社 : VIKING

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定價 : NT 499

售價 : NT499

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在1980年代的英國,九歲的小男孩Leon,剛有了一個弟弟Jake。Jake皮膚白皙、擁有美麗的金髮,當媽媽哭泣、沒有辦法照顧Jake的時候,Leon就會將弟弟抱在懷裡,照顧他、和他說話、逗他笑,因為媽媽與Jake就是他的全世界。

然而,Leon的小世界,卻在一瞬間失去控制。當媽媽崩潰、再也沒有辦法照顧他們時,大人們在一旁竊竊私語;然後,Leon被迫與親愛的弟弟Jake分開,Jake很快地被送往寄養家庭。

畢竟,比起黑白混血九歲男孩Leon不確定的命運,白人嬰兒Jake容易被認養多了。

他們一家人從此被無情拆散。Leon所感受的痛苦、怨恨與憤怒,使他逐漸誤入歧途,但這一切都是為了要將媽媽和Jake拯救出來。Leon的未來會如何發展?他有辦法在這充滿敵意的世界中,克服重重挑戰嗎?他們一家人,有可能再度團聚嗎?

本書以九歲男童的角度,探討深刻議題如種族政治與寄養制度,也涵括當時實際發生的社會事件,如愛爾蘭絕食運動與警方對非裔人民的暴行引發的暴動,為作者首部長篇小說增添深度。《My Name is Leon》是關於愛、身分與如何面對失落的故事,也藉著Leon的眼光,紀錄兄弟姊妹之間的深刻羈絆,探討家庭的意義。

A brother chosen. A brother left behind. And a family where you'd least expect to find one.

Leon is nine, and has a perfect baby brother called Jake. They have gone to live with Maureen, who has fuzzy red hair like a halo, and a belly like Father Christmas. But the adults are speaking in low voices, and wearing Pretend faces. They are threatening to give Jake to strangers. Since Jake is white and Leon is not.

As Leon struggles to cope with his anger, certain things can still make him smile - like Curly Wurlys, riding his bike fast downhill, burying his hands deep in the soil, hanging out with Tufty (who reminds him of his dad), and stealing enough coins so that one day he can rescue Jake and his mum.

Evoking a Britain of the early eighties, My Name is Leon is a heart-breaking story of love, identity and learning to overcome unbearable loss. Of the fierce bond between siblings. And how - just when we least expect it - we manage to find our way home.
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