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Pages: 256

Language: English

Publisher: Corgi Childrens; New Ed edition (31 May 2007)

By: Anne Fine(Author)

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Told who to cheer for, who to believe in, Yuri grows up in a country where no freedom of thought is encouraged - where even one's neighbours are encouraged to report any dissension to the authorities. But it is still a shock when a few careless words lead him to a virtual death-sentence - sent on a nightmare journey up north to a camp amidst the frozen wastes. What, or who, can he possibly believe in now? Can he even survive? And is escape possible . . . ?

"This ambitious book is a rare achievement . . . Subtle, stimulating and morally complex but it is also evocative and convincing: we feel keenly the chill of both soulless hegemony and its frozen wastes" (The Sunday Times)"It carries lessons to be re-assimilated by young readers - how society can be deceived, how people can become powerless and how tyranny can breed tyranny" (The Bookseller)"A hybrid of political concern and an excruciatingly exciting adventure-thriller, Anne Fine's The Road of Bones could easily be described as a Magnum Opus . . . The Road of Bones might be cold in setting but at heart glows with an intensity of warmth, passion, fervour and belief, it is the novel that all should resolve to read" (Jake Hope Achuka)"The Road of Bones is a startling achievement, not least for its refusal to wrap it all up into a neat and tidy happy ending. It will leave its young readers with a great deal to think about. Most children will know of the Holocaust, but few will realise how many perished during Stalin's purges. This alone is a story worth telling. Cleverly though, The Road of Bones also makes its warnings contemporary, timeless even" (thebookbag.co.uk)"Beneath its cold white cover a story of magnitude unfolds" (Diane Samuels Guardian)


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  • By Kate says on 9 June 2006

    Reminiscent of Arthur Koestler's "Darkness at Noon" and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's "A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich", 'Road of Bones' tells the story of the teenage years of Yuri, from his home-life, with its ever increasing restrictions imposed from outside, to his initial evasion of capture from the authorities before an eventual internment in a labour camp, and his subsequent efforts to survive.Although the characters have Russian names, neither Russia nor the Soviet Union are actually mentioned by name as the location of the book. The setting, instead, is an imagined totalitarian state, but it's one whose circumstances have clearly been based on history - and powerful history it is too. This is extremely evocative and compelling stuff, nowhere more so than the frightening conclusion which demonstrates the potential power of context over objective thought - good, no matter how pure, can be twisted and warped to mirror its opposite if given no encouragement beyond itself.

  • By Guest on 11 March 2017

    It was a great plot and it arrived in good quality

  • By Charles Dickens Eats Chickens on 15 May 2006

    Road of bones is set in what appears to be Russia. It starts off as a fairly routine book about spys, fear, and child labour. Then when the protagonist breaks a silence he has contended with for most of his life horrific events line up to confront him. Although the majority of Anne Fine 's novels have been comical and light hearted this one touches a more serious and dangerous topic. It is an interesting read. worth paying attention to.

  • By snuffles on 15 March 2016

    Dissapointing

  • By Ms on 12 February 2013

    Did I enjoy this book? No - enjoy is the wrong word. Did I learn from it, understand more because of it, am I now unable to forget it? Yes - it is a powerful, even overwhelming, account of how evil can overcome good; of how good intentions can be eroded until any amount of cruelty can be justified; of just how easily innocence and kindness can be corrupted and turned to their opposites. And for those very reasons I believe it should be required reading in every Sixth Form, every college, every politician's office in the land.

  • By Angela on 22 June 2011

    Came across this little gem of a book accidently whilst browsing in the library in my lunch break.Thoroughly enjoyed reading this; it was dark, horrific and bleak. The writing is excellent and the depiction of such a totalitarian state through a child's eyes is all too familiar and realistic, and although never mentioned, could easily have been based in Russia. Well worth a read.

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