In­tense tale of quest to find a child will move you to tears

Pretoria News - - METRO - LOST CHIL­DREN Christo­pher Hart Loot.co.za (R250) PROSPERO Daily Mail

BET­TER known for his­tor­i­cal nov­els writ­ten as William Napier, here Hart tack­les a con­tem­po­rary sub­ject – the ide­al­ism of youth and how it can evap­o­rate.

Four young med­i­cal stu­dents are in Cen­tral Amer­ica, des­per­ate to do good.

The un­named coun­try (Guatemala?) is in the grip of drug wars, with street gangs and armed mili­tias ev­ery­where.

The most ide­al­is­tic of the four, Ni­cholas, lodges with a poor fam­ily and is trans­formed by the ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially his re­la­tion­ship with a lit­tle girl, Lala.

Con­di­tions worsen and Ni­cholas’s com­pan­ions all de­cide to re­turn home, but he re­fuses. Then Lala goes miss­ing. Ni­cholas sets out to find her and purge his own bad child­hood mem­o­ries.

Told with emo­tional in­ten­sity will move you to tears.

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