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  • A rich and rewarding read - stick with it.

    "Akin" is an excellently crafted work that draws the reader into its tales of lost truths and the everyday heroism of the struggle to regain them. The narrative is from the perspective of Noah, a 79 year old New Yorker, returning to Nice for the first time since he was born there in 1940. His entirely unexpected and unplanned-for companion on this journey is his grand nephew Michael, an 11 year old boy with what we quaintly call 'issues'. The brilliance of the work lies in the way the author takes us with Noah on his mental and emotional journey back to the dark days of the war, and forward through the pitfalls of his unexpected new responsibilities as Michael's' temporary guardian.

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  • Akin

    An excellent book there were three stories in one. A good writer makes you realy care what happens to the characters as they felt like real people. She describes Nice in France so accurately and makes the place come alive

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  • boring

    Unfortunately I found this book boring, but never the less stuck with it till the end. I wanted more story and not a lot happened. Too many aspects of the book were implausible...a great uncle given charge of a 11 year old great nephew that he had never met. Then unbelievably he was able to whisk him off overseas with virtually no notice. Noah spent most of the book jumping to conclusions about his nephews demise and the actions of his mother through the war with very little proof. Finally...Michael was a foul mouthed smart alec, I understand he had problems but the way he spoke Noah was disgusting and I kept hoping that as the book went on and the characters got to know each other he would slowly develop some degree of manners but that never happened. My pet hate is bad language in front of the elderly so I found it incredibly grating and really could not warm to Michaels character at all.

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