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Kid Moses: A Novel


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Mark Thornton, American-born, has spent twenty years as a wilderness guide in Tanzania where he is active in conservation efforts.


I like Kid Moses very much! The prose is wonderfully quiet and controlled . . . very good writing indeed. --Peter Matthiessen

"Thornton keeps an even tone with the kind of spare, austere language that reflects Moses's stoic attitude and prevents the book from turning maudlin or crusading. . . . [Kid Moses] is a little boy with big contradictions, well worth following on his safari." --The New York Times Book Review With the excitement of the archetypal perilous adventure, Thornton's stark, beautiful prose will hold readers in this story of a young boy's struggle to survive in Tanzania today. . . . It's the crisply evoked small moments in this tale of a homeless kid on the run that give the novel its remarkable power. --Booklist, starred review [Moses's] is a rough, tough life forthrightly told. . . . Highly recommended for all fiction readers. --Library Journal, starred review "Thornton excels in showing a harrowing adult world through the eyes of a child who has been forced to grow up early. In the end, this is the rare work of fiction about childhood that refuses to admit any sentimentality into the narrative." --Publishers Weekly Kid Moses is a lyrical, touching and profound book. --The Witness, Durban, South Africa An open-ended odyssey, as restless and contemplative as a traveler in the trackless veld. . . . This is a wonderfully honest, unsentimental and brutal look at issues that are affecting Africa today. --Cape Times, South Africa An exquisite narrative, harrowing, yet poignant. --Bookslive

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