MILANE: The Story of a Hungarian Gypsy Boy by Robert Vawa

MILANE: The Story of a Hungarian Gypsy Boy

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A Hungarian rhapsody about a gypsy boy who appears chiefly as a child of nature raising an orphaned fawn beyond the forbidden marsh (i.e. naked and alone). Before his family arrives at the gypsy camp, we see them performing their circus acts in a small town; later there's a very little about life in the camp (they make baskets, his mother tells fortunes, Milane has his long hair curled). Reference is made to the hostility of the Gorgio (outsiders) toward gypsies; otherwise their life seems idyllic. So are Milane's days watching birds with the fawn he names Barbal for, despite his fears, the fawn comes to no harm. Harmless about sums up the book too (Milane's private parts are discreetly concealed), another of Mr. Vawa's oversize color filmings.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1969
Publisher: Harcourt; Brace & World