I Hid My Voice

I Hid My Voice

Book - 2016
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Four-year-old Shahaab has not started talking. The family doctor believes there is no cause for concern; nevertheless, Shahaab is ridiculed by others who call him "dumb." In his innocent and deeply hurt child's mind, he begins to believe that the "good" and "intelligent" children like his older brother are their fathers' sons. On the other hand, children like him who are "clumsy" and "problematic" are their mothers' sons.

No one in the family can understand Shahaab except his maternal grandmother, who seems to possess the understanding and the kindness he so desperately craves. Their growing bond leads to a deep friendship in which Shahaab is able to experience some happiness and finally find his voice.
Publisher: Toronto : Anansi International, 2016.
ISBN: 9781487000837
Characteristics: 213 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Pedar-e aan digari

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GailStarr
Oct 22, 2017

This little novel tells the story (almost a fable) of a young boy's response to feeling unloved. Unerringly told, alternately, from the viewpoint of the boy and from his mother. The boy shares pain, joy and plans for revenge with his imaginary friends -- feelings he cannot share with "real" characters around him. The author's background (sociologist and psychologist) shows in the skillful character portrayal.

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