An inspiring tale of three lives affected by war.
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
Veronica is a teenager when civil war erupts in South Sudan. Lonely and friendless after the death of her father, she finds solace in her first boyfriend, and together they flee across the city when the fighting breaks out. On the same night, Daniel, the son of a colonel, also makes his escape but finds himself stranded by the River Nile, alone and vulnerable. Lilian is a young mother, who runs for her life holding the hand of her little boy Harmony – until a bomb attack wrenches them apart, forcing her to trek on alone.
After epic journeys of endurance, their lives cross in Bidi Bidi in Uganda – the world’s largest refugee camp. There they meet James, a counselor who helps them to find light and hope in the darkest of places.
The End of Where We Begin is a gripping and intimate true-life account of three young people whose promising lives are brutally interrupted by war. It documents their heart-breaking and inspiring battle to keep moving on through the extremes of attack, injury, exile and trauma. It is a story of the bonds of community and resilience in adversity – a powerful message for our troubled times.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
The End of Where We Begin by Rosalind Russell is a moving story about the plight of refugees and the hardships they have to endure.
Uprooted from their homes, they have to rebuild their lives from scratch in an alien place. The grief of losing a husband or a child or both combined with poverty and hunger snuff out hopes among the refugees. This book recounts the stories of three such people who, even after losing all, dared to hope, smile, and brought a smile to others’ lives.
Through the stories of Veronica, Daniel, and Lilian, Russell sketches the lives of millions of refugees whose worlds were turned upside down in moments. Many of their lives are still stuck in limbo, unable to go back to their restive countries and unable to start a new life in the host country.
The book is written in a straightforward language with extraordinary depth. The candor with which the survivors tell their stories made me feel as if I was the one interviewing them. The transition between the different points of view was smooth.
The epilogue is even more thought-provoking highlighting the devastating effects of COVID-19 on the already meagre resources in the refugee camp. This is not a light read, so, please proceed with caution. However, the book is extremely timely considering there are currently more than 70 million people forcibly displaced from their homes.
A deceptively beautiful cover betrays the heavy content inside. However, I loved reading The End of Where We Begin. Reading it resulted in a profound emotional journey for me.
It is recommended for people seeking a non-fiction book on refugee story that reads like a novel.
Genre: Literary Fiction || Pages: 233 || Published on 30th November 2020 by Impress Books
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Many thanks to Kelly @ Love Books Tours for organizing this blog tour. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book. This does not affect my opinion on the book. I opted to provide an honest review on my blog.
Rosalind Russell is a journalist who worked for more than a decade as a foreign correspondent for Reuters and the Independent in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Her reporting has included the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq and Burma’s Saffron Revolution. She lives in London with her husband and their two daughters. Burma’s Spring is her first book.