THE WHITE SHIP by Chingiz Aitmatov

THE WHITE SHIP

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Unacceptably fatalistic by the standards of Socialist Realism (it created a tempest when first published in Novy Mir) and even a little unsettling when matched against our own expectations for juvenile fiction, the haunting tale of an orphan boy who dreams of becoming a fish so that he can join his father who, he believes, sails in the white ship on Issyk-Kul lake. It isn't necessary to decipher all the implications political and otherwise to appreciate this blend of regional flavor and mythic reverberations as something special.

Publisher: Crown