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Nk is ine I understand why it is that way it makes his story into A Story and ocuses on human emotions above all that way it makes his story into A Story and ocuses on human emotions above all in a situation when we re often only given the cold Ten Years Beyond Baker Street: facts and it s easyor people to avoid empathising The book has a raison d etre beyond being a good read But it wasn t a good read Which is a shame because I thought I would enjoy it and I was looking orward to reading a book about the refugee crisis How naive he d been thought the optician how naive Because there would always be greater sorrow deeper and unfathomable than any of us could ever imagine p 83Bad things happen all the time Suffering is a eature of life The Essential Library for New Moms 4-Book Bundle: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child; The Baby Food Bible; Infant Massage; Colic Solved for many people When this suffering happens on our doorstep an initiallurry of interest is The Triangle of Truth: The Surprisingly Simple Secret to Resolving Conflicts Largeand Small followed by a long steady wane as what was the extraordinary becomes routine So it is with the boatloads of people making their way towards Europe For a brief moment Europe seemed to care The passage of time saw even these tragic stories become absorbed into theabric of normal life Emma Jane Kirby s book The Optician of Lampedusa hits the pause button on our collective orgetting This is an Italian optician s story a short tale of his coming into contact with the raw human tragedy occurring with regularity on Europe s southern shores The optician is sailing with riends when he comes across hundreds of drowning Eritreans among others The book chronicles the moments before during and after their rescueKirby s strength is to stick to detailed observations relaying what was going through the Italian optician s mind what he was seeing and hearing It reconnects the reader with the unvarnished reality of those being smuggled into Europe It s a uniue account in its directness and was a sober reminder of something that I had started to a sober reminder of something that I had started to I have one criticism of the book it is the perspective I would ar rather have read a book by one of the survivors or at least to hear the story in their words I understand that European publishers eel like they need a white NYCTaxiCabTales.com: Taxi Stories from streets of NYC face to relay the stories of the other I just wish it wasn t the case Nevertheless this was a sensitively portrayed account and one I will be recommending toriends and The Wrong Side of the Bed family. Eported extensively on the reality of mass migration today In The Optician of Lampedusa she brings to life the moving testimony of an ordinary man whose late summer boat trip off a Sicilian island unexpectedly turns into a tragic rescue missio. Oorstep We don t truly care about something until it impacts us But by the time we start paying attention to problems it may be too late to solve themThis book helps the reader see the scale of the refugee crisis Crisis is not an overstatement There were 500 refugees on the boat that sank The Coast Guard and private citizens did whatever they could to rescue the refugees but than 360 of them drowned That was just one boat Boatsull of refugees go past Lampedusa every day on their way to Europe Thirteen thousand "Asylum Seekers Had Arrived "seekers had arrived Italy so The Alvin Ho Super Collection: Books 1-4 far this year Gabriele had told them that when he d come toetch them in the Car To Take Them To The Aircraft Hangar Until Now to take them to the aircraft hangar Until now had just been a random meaningless کاروان امید figure an empty statistic Yet here they were before themlesh and blood bone gristle with the salt of their tears mingling their own The Optician of LampedusaI کاروان امید: سرگذشت تری فاکس feel bador criticizing anything about this book but I wasn t a The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (Cat Who... fan of the writing Atirst I wondered if it was a translation it isn t because the writing is stilted There are also a Tempting Faith Di Napoli few awkward scene transitions Itelt like it took me a ew seconds too long to igure out where the characters are and who is in the sceneIf you re interested in the world s refugee problem then this book is a must read It won t take you very long to get through and it ll give you a lot to think about He could not ignore the The Southern Belles of Honeysuckle Way fact that the waving hands had always been visible to him They had waved in the water yes but they had also wavedrom the reception centre rom the church steps and rom the roadside where he had jogged past them blindly They had waved The Confident Woman: How to Take Charge and Recharge Your Life from the newspaper columns androm the television screens where he had iltered them out and switched them off They had always been in his line of vision and he had chosen not to see them The Optician of Lampedusa This book was a pretty bland reading experience and I think that s because I was expecting either a non iction style recounting of the event and its political backdrop or a irst person account rom the journalist s perspective in interviewing him Instead the style comes across as The Optician of Lampedusa the Novelization Which I thi. The source of that terrible noise I hardly want to You won't understand because you weren't there You can't understand You see I thought I'd heard seagulls screeching Seagulls ighting over a lucky catch Birds Just birds' Emma Jane Kirby has The most important book I read this year I did cry all the way through it but I am glad I read it Just Wow What a powerful accountThis book stunned me into silenceFor one so small it swells tears with words its paragraphs pull punches each chapter is a slap in the The Way of Women face to the reality we ve become accustomed numbed toIt made my jaw slack my insides twist we re all guilty of looking the other way like the Optician initially does with the callor charity donations but we have to hope or we have to change so but we have to hope or we have to change so we re the one in whatever way we can being those helping handsThis also serves a poignant reminder of the truth humanity in all this what the Mr Abate s of this world can t athom in their cruel little minds cold hearts "that or a migrant there isn t choice that th If "for a migrant there isn t choice that th If re like me then you ve never heard of Lampedusa It s a tiny island with a huge problem Every year thousands of refugees The Dream of Water: A Memoir fleeing Africa wash up on its shores The Optician of Lampedusa is written by BBC reporter Emma Jane Kirby She tells the true story of Lampedusa s only optician and the day that changed his lifeorever In October of 2013 the optician and seven of his The Bravest Cat! friends were on a boating trip in the Mediterranean when they heard a strange noise They steered their boat toward the noise and discovered hundreds of people drowning in the waves I thought I d heard seagulls screeching Seagullsighting over a lucky catch Birds Just birds The Optician of Lampedusa The strange noise was people screaming A boat The Slammer: The Crisis In Canada's Prison System full of refugees had sunk The optician and hisriends managed to pull 47 people out of the ocean Before this event the optician had never given much thought to the refugee crisis but after he pulled the people The Great Race from the water he became desperate to know what happens to the refugees after they leave LampedusaThis tiny bookewer than 200 pages is an important read but it s not an easy one Aside rom the graphic scenes of drowning it s difficult to read because the optician is so relatable He sees refugees every day but he doesn t know much about them They don t impact his life This book is a reminder that most of us tend to ignore the world s problems until they show up on our From an award winning BBC journalist this moving book turns the testimony of an accidental hero into a timeless story about the awakening of human courage and conscience 'I can hardly begin to describe to you what I saw as our boat approached. The Optician of Lampedusa

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