Friday, July 4, 2014
"A Walk Across the Sun", by Corban Addison
This is a gem of a book, a rare work of fiction about violence, control and profit, a captivating eye opener to the existing horrors of human trafficking. The story is all about young people who are bought and sold for sex.
This chilling and heart-wrenching tale follows the terrifying journey of two traditional upper middle class South Indian sisters after a tsunami hit the coast of the Tamilnadu shores and drowned the entire family sparing the two teenage girls. Left on their own the girls are soon swept up by ruthless sex-traffickers who sold them as commodities. After reading this story you may agree with me that the greed, the indifference and cruelty truly changes one’s perspective regarding the various aspects of the sex trade. This book is thought provoking in many ways.
The story is not all bleak it also emphasizes on the tenacity of love, the power of conviction and the bonds of family. The sub-plot involves an American attorney whose life is falling apart and decided to travel to India to rescue and rehabilitate young girls from the brothels of Mumbai. His path eventually crosses those of the two girls…..
Even if the subject matter involves sex and violence we are spare the gory details and horror of the sex trade and I found that I was easily drawn into the gripping development till the story line provided a breath of relief at the end. Yes, it’s grim but not painful to read and I found I was soon in the grip of a story filled with charming characters of all kind. The author use of written imagery is intense and vividly portrays both the beauty of India and its culture and the excruciating despair of the brothels.
“A Walk Across the Sun” is very interesting, captivating and worth reading.