I have been so keen to play #6 degrees but every month the date catches up with me every time. I have tried to prepare but it still almost caught me out.
For real this time.
I have read Room by Emma Donahue several times. I think it is a great example of a child as narrator. But it got me thinking about what it really like to be held hostage, so I sought out some non fiction, and was most impressed by Natascha Kampusch’s 3096 Days and her rejection of Stockholm Syndrome with the explanation that any appearance of identifying with the kidnapper is a survival strategy for the victim. It made more sense to me than Stockholm Syndrome.
Speaking of survival stories, The Road by Cormac McCarthy is one of the most devastating apocalyptic landscapes I have read. No one really survives, though I have some tiny tiny hope for the boy.
Almost as haunting as The Road is the story of another boy in Sonya Hartnett’s Of a Boy. The ending is so unexpected and it took my breathe away.
Of a Boy was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin in 2003 but the winner that year was Alex Miller’s Journey to the Stone Country which as I remember seemed to involve a lot of spitting.
Another book featuring and even more epic journey is Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams who sadly is no longer with us to make us laugh. I love that Arthur Dent sets off on his journey in his pj’s.
Another character on a journey in her pj’s is Wendy from J M Barrie’s Peter Pan Another story about a boy.
Phew. I made it in time.