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The Kites are Flying

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Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 19 November 2009.

Set around the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, this is a hugely topical novel from a master storyteller, which at its heart makes a plea for peace and unity.  The story is told through the writing form of a diary around a journalist called Max who travels to the West Bank to witness how life is for Palestinians and Jews living in the shadow of a dividing wall.  Max strikes up a friendship with an enigmatic Palestinian boy, Said.  Together the two sit under an ancient olive tree while Said makes another of his kites.  As Max is welcomed as a guest, he learns of the terrible events in his family’s past and begins to understand why Said no longer speaks.  Told from both Max’s and Said’s point of view, Morpurgo has created a beautiful tale of tragedy and hope with an ending that rings with joy.


And a comment from the author:

‘It’s a story of hope above all.  I’m very cautious that it doesn’t take sides.  It’s about suffering on both sides’.


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