Topic: The Englishman's Boy- by Guy Vanderhaeghe
This afternoon I read 6 pages from the book I had chosen to read at this time in the school year.
Titled 'The Englishman's Boy', this fictional novel follows the story of, guess who, the Englishman's boy.
In the more recent pages that I've read, the book tells a story of the Englishman's boy hitting his older brother over the head three times with a shovel, in return for the whippings received from him. The book tells how the younger boy, after discovering that his older brother had survived the attack, decided to up and run away from home for fear of being killed. A detail put in the story to emphasize the seriousness of the danger was one that told of how the older brother had shot a bullet in an attempt to surely kill his brother, which flew barely past the younger boy's ear while running.
Furthermore, in less recent pages, the father of the Englishman's boy had died from ague on a bed at night, in a rented room, in a hotel. Aside from the occasional strong language and talk of misery and abuse, it's a great book.