A Hand Full of Stars

Rafik Schami, Author, Rika Lesser, Translator, Rika Lessker, Translator Dutton Books $14.95 (20p) ISBN 978-0-525-44535-7
This unusual novel, written in the form of a diary, tells the story of four years in the life of a Damascan boy. When he begins his account, the narrator spends his days playing with his friends and dreaming of becoming a journalist. Like many American boys, the diarist worries about his schoolwork and his girlfriend, but he must also cope with difficulties unfamiliar to his American contemporaries. Military coups are frequent occurrences and many of the neighborhood men have been sent to jail on the slimmest of pretexts. Taken out of school to work in his father's bakery, the boy finds another way to pursue his ambition by starting an underground newspaper. This multifaceted work is at once a glimpse into a different culture, a plea for the right to free speech and a highly readable tale, as full of fun as it is of melancholy. Ages 12-up. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/01/1990
Release date: 03/01/1990
Prebound-Sewn - 195 pages - 978-0-606-01702-2
Mass Market Paperbound - 208 pages - 978-0-14-036073-8
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