THE LONG SEARCH by Christine Pullein-Thompson


Age Range: 10 - 14
Email this review


 First published in Britain, this indifferently written novel about a 12-year-old's search for his imprisoned parents during the 1989 Romanian revolution is interesting chiefly for its depiction of the terrible deprivations, material and spiritual, of the Ceauescu regime. The full range of responses to a totalitarian system--rebellion, co-optation, collaboration, stoicism, apathy, etc.--is demonstrated in the various characters, but the plot is largely coincidence-driven, the protagonist's actions aren't always believably motivated, and a bothersome illogic lurks among the details (e.g., Ion's dying grandmother is described as bedridden, yet stands in a doorway to say goodbye; one character is described as not understanding a word, yet also catches the gist of what's said). (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Oct. 29th, 1993
ISBN: 0-02-775445-6
Page count: 144pp
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1993