Against the Storm
By (author) Gaye Hicyilmaz
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Against the Storm by Gaye Hicyilmaz
Book DescriptionMehmet does not understand why his family wants to leave their beautiful, blossom-filled village to move to the city. Their new home on the hills around Ankara is in the shanty-town, and there Mehmet must learn different ways of surviving life on the streets - fast. He makes new friends, like Muhlis, who deals in scrap, and rediscovers his boyhood companion Hayri, now starving and desperate. Through their eyes, Mehmet begins to recognise the trap that poverty has sprung around them - and he forges plans to escape to a better life. An enthralling and unforgettable story about poverty and injustice, from award-winning novelist Gaye Hicyilmaz.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780571194964
(196mm x 126mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 7-Dec-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gaye Hicyilmaz
In Flame, Paperback (November 2000)
When Helen was seven, her big brother was killed in an accident. Seven years on, she meets a local girl, Sam, also recently bereaved, and begins to build up another picture of her brother's early life from Sam's own memories. Anxieties arise when Helen becomes attracted to Sam's brother Christian.
Frozen Waterfall, Paperback (December 1998)
Twelve-year-old Selda and her family move from Turkey to Switzerland, where Selda has to cope with a strange country and language. With determination she sets about the task of embracing a new culture, and to her surprise she forms two new friendships, neither of which proves easy to pursue.
Coming Home, Paperback (November 1998)
A novel about the power of family ties. Although Elif considers London her true home, she also yearns for the warmth and companionship of her long holidays in Turkey. But when she impulsively accepts a relative's invitation to stay there permanently, she finds that life is not as she imagined.
Watching the Watcher, Paperback (January 1998)» View all books by Gaye Hicyilmaz
A boy wants to free a pygmy from a Cornish zoo, but after 20 years in captivity - illiterate and with no recognizable language - the pygmy cannot survive alone. The novel is an exploration of self and motive, and a longing for justice that seems incompatible with reality.
US Kirkus Review » It's a common story: a family abandons a farm whose crops no longer sustain them, only to discover that the city offers even less hope. Mehmet's feckless father leads his big extended family to Ankara, but the new life is bitter. Wealthy Uncle Yusuf's "help" means exploiting his relatives as landlord and employer; his wife is a mean gossip, their son a pampered, vicious sneak. Mehmet makes friends with illiterate, streetwise Muhlis, a talented artist; he also seeks out his best friend from home, whose parents had brought him to Ankhara for better schooling. But the brilliant Hayri, suddenly orphaned, is now starving and demented; Mehmet gets him to a wealthy woman who kindly takes him in, but, ironically, Hayri's new home and prospects set him beyond Mehmet's reach as a friend. Just as Mehmet and Muhlis are planning to return to Mehmet's village, Muhlis is killed in an accident that dramatizes the city's indifference to its poor. Leaving his family, Mehmet sets out for the village alone. Hicyilmaz, who "lived in Turkey for many years," evokes the milieu with a skill, sympathy, and rich detail that recall Staples's Shabanu (1989); her characterizations may not be as deep, but even the many minor characters here are perceptively realized, while she contrasts the four boys' opportunities - functions more of luck than of native gifts or good will - in a gracefully fashioned plot growing naturally from her theme. A memorable story that will open minds and hearts. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Gaye Hicyilmaz
Gaye Hicyilmaz lived in Turkey for many years, much of that time in the city of Ankara, which provided the setting for her first children's book, Against the Storm. Inspired by a true story in the Turkish press, it was first published in England, where it was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award in the children's fiction category and was runner-up for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award the same year. After leaving Turkey the author moved to Switzerland with her four children and for seven years lived in the small town of Horgen, which gave her the background for The Frozen Waterfall. She now lives in Kent in England.
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