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Trash by Andy Mulligan

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Images from Shutterstock.com Trash by Andy Mulligan Quote number 2 “I learned perhaps more than any university could ever teach me. I learned that the world revolves around money. There are values and virtues and morals; there are relationships and trust and love---and all of that is important. Money, however, is more important and it is dripping all the time, like precious water. Some drink deep; others thirst. Without money, you shrivel and die. The absence of money is drought in which nothing can grow. Nobody knows the value of water until they've lived in a dry, dry place---like Behala. So many people, waiting for the rain.” Quote number 1 "My name is Rafael Fernandez and I am a dumpsite boy. People say to me 'I guess you just never know what you'll find , sifting through rubbish! Maybe one day you'll find something nice.' Then one day I did." Point of View and how it is used The second literary device that I found the author used was Point of View. This is because the whole writing style of the story was that each chapter was told by a different characters point of view. I felt that because I was given the perspective of each character and given their personal thoughts and opinions it gave me a much better understanding and appreciation for each character. I feel that it added depth to the story by emphasizing on each character's personality during their narrations. I also feel that using multiple points of view was a great idea because it means that if a reader doesn't relate to the protagonist, chances are he/she will relate to one of the characters. My only criticism of the multiple points of view would be that it could get confusing to the reader. Using multiple points of view is very difficult, and I feel that the author executed the literary device perfectly. the main character The main character Rafael was revealed with a dialogue. At the beginning of the story in the first chapter, when Rafael is narrating, I thought I definitely thought that I had successfully profiled Rafael and understood his personality. I deduced that Rafael was a straight-forward, stubborn, adventurous boy. Although, as the story progressed the character developed and kind of "grew on me". The author started t show Rafael as being insightful by talking sense into his friends before evading the police. He also becomes more and more rebellious throughout the story. He became brave throughout the story which became more evident as he kept standing up to the police. He also became more and more spontaneous and started to act on the spot and make quick decisions. Although Rafael was developed over the course of the story there were parts of his persona that were left out by the author. One of the missing aspects was sense of humour for Rafael which I felt left a big gap in his character. Rafael would have been a lot easier to relate to if he had shown a sense of humour. Connections I made to the book The first connection I made was with my world and the theme of the book. The main theme of the book, in my opinion, is corruption. This theme is prevalent throughout the book in the policemen and all of the wealthy people. This theme unfortunately translates into the world today. Corruption, as in the book, is even more common in third world countries. Another connection is that we are reading a book in humanities about corrupt rich men in India and third world countries and the connection between the two came to mind immediately. I made a connection with Rat because I feel that our personalities are very much alike. This is because he is very out going and is very funny and adventurous. I also made a connection between the plot and my world. This is because the plot is based on a decision that is very common. The decision is one in which you choose between giving something back to it's rightful owner or keep it and keep all the riches that come along with it. Originally, I thought that Rafael made a bad decision to keep the wallet because it goes against my morals. Fortunately, his decision ended up benefiting someone else and altogether making up for his original decision. This also relates to my world because even if someone makes a bad decision originally you can make up for it later. I feel that because of how many angles I can relate to this book through it made it all the more enjoyable. get the book right now! What is so magnificent about TRASH is that for a child reader it's a kind of precursor to 'Oliver Twist'. .It's a thrilling story about children getting the better of adults. Its cruelties are those of a fairytale, as is its message of hope.
Amanda Craig- The Times
Trash is a brilliant book. It's vibrant, exciting and incrediby well-written.
John Boyne - author of 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas'
Harrowing, exhilarating, humbling and quite brilliant.
The Bookseller UK
Andy Mulligan has moved from the English countryside to a Latin American slum for his follow up to the school story Ribblestrop. TRASH is a thriller with moral weight and a complex structure….. Without ever moralising, Mulligan raises issues of corruption, poverty, waste and excess in an exciting, but also grimly sad tale.
Suzi Feay - The Financial Times
Headlong and heart-stopping, this is an adventure you just can’t put down.
Julia Eccleshare - Love Reading 4 Kids
The story has an infectious energy...This is a highly entertaining and very satisfying book which should be recommended to all. It needs to be read.
Marylin Brocklehurst - The Bookseller
If you read one book this year, just a single one, make sure you read Trash...it is a book which you will enjoy reading, where you will learn things and which will make you think. We definitely need more books like this.
Portrait of a Woman This gripping book engages readers both as an adventure and as a social justice story
Publishers' Weekly US
Readers over the age of 12 will cheer as the three resourceful friends out-think, out-plan and outwit all the adults who, whether kindly, callously or brutally, seek to thwart them.
Wall Street Journal
An imaginative and detailed plot, enhanced with an intriguing storytelling technique, "Trash" is every bit as special as the wallet around which its story revolves.
Los Angeles Times
In alternating and tightly paced points of view, supplemented by occasional other voices, the boys relate the intrigue in which they're quickly enmeshed. It all adds up to a cracker of a thriller, a zippy and classic briefcase-full-of-money thrill ride.
Kirkus Review USA
It's 'Treasure Island' meets 'Slumdog Millionaire' in a rousing and hugely entertaining adventure...readers will love this outstanding incarnation of a classic genre.
The Horn Book
A tale of strength and hardship, this is an authentic story about the power of hope.
Notebook magazine
You’ll be on the edge of your seat!
Total Girl magazine
Trash is a thriller with a big heart, loaded with action, tension and intrigue
Sunday Age
Trash was exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat for the whole book. The writing was spectacular and the points of view used are incredibly executed! Next time you are looking for a good book to read you shouldn't hesitate before choosing trash!
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