- Copertina flessibile: 140 pagine
- Editore: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edizione (3 novembre 2016)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1523295945
- ISBN-13: 978-1523295944
- Peso di spedizione: 209 g
Kima (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 3 nov 2016
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR A. H. Amin is an Iraqi author. He was born in Kuwait where he had lived most of his life there. He studied dentistry in Emirates in his first years and then he continued in Egypt. After that he traveled to China for his postgraduate studies where he also learned how to speak Chinese Mandarin. He had first came across with his talent when he had met a group of students in Emirates who were discussing the making of a movie. After seeing how his ideas had impressed them, he started to take an interest in literature. He started finally after he came up with the idea for a new fiction thriller book, Psychs - which was his first published book - after he received good criticism about his new idea. A. H. Amin is living in between Kuwait and China at the moment where he still writes and explores his ideas. And when he is not strapped to his desk, he would be restoring people's smiles in the clinics, jogging, or trying his best to stay on his diet.
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Many years earlier when Kima was much younger than she is now, she learned she had a special gift. She could understand what animals were saying as they communicated with each other. This was also when she met the Black Seagull who could see farther than anyone else and by doing so he could predict and warn the animals of what was to come. Now in her older years, Kima has met Alex and Alice after Alex finds a beach full of dying whales. These two youngster will find that they have the fate of themselves as well as the animals on their own shoulders.
I can best describe this story as a Fable. You travel with the Black Seagull, a Gray Wolf, a Dolphin named Shells and a Whale as they try to prevent the destruction of their planet as they know it as well as their species. But what will cause this destruction? The best answer is 'Man.'
Are we, as humans, really causing the destruction of the animals we share the planet with? I found my answer to this question at the very end of this book when Author Ahmed Amin talks about the annual event of the whales that have been committing 'suicide' on the beaches of South Africa since 1928. The cause? Possibly magnetic fields created by humans.
The book was sad yet happy as most Fables are and ends with a lesson that we all need to take notice of. Very enjoyable reading.
Blurb: Christmas Eve 1928 gave birth to a yearly phenomenon in South Africa. A herd of false killer whales were found beached upon the shore. It has also given birth to the story of two young children who meet an old woman named Kima. Kima somehow knows why this has happened, but that’s not all she knows. The children, Alex and Alice, realize that there is more to this woman that what meets the eye, and ear. She will reveal to them a tale, a mysterious story she claims was passed on to her by a mythical Black Seagull. Derived from both historic tales and figures, Kima is a fictional character portrayed in a way that makes her become real.
What I liked: The book is imaginative and fresh. The writers joy and inspiration really shines through his words. I applaud indie authors who push to bring their words to life. It was great to see the care and thought the author puts in this story. I’m a fan of allegory and this book reads like an allegory. There are life lessons to be found and understood in the pages.
What didn’t work for me: The writing was overly simplified in places. I also had problems with the transitions from the animal to human perspective in some spots. It made the book feel a bit disjointed.
Overall, if you’re interested in the subject matter you’ll enjoy this book. It’s been a long while since I read The Whale Rider, but this book brought that one to mind.
*I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy that was provided by the author.
I wanted to love this story, I really did. The premise is magical, like fables of old passed through ancient texts and read at bedtime to the young. Whilst I have no doubt there are those who would adore every aspect of this story, I personally was unable to become invested. The writing switches from human to animal perspective, whilst unique, for me the animal parts were too long and although they were integral to the tale lacked the flow and pace to keep me interested. There is a nice moral/ lesson to the tale, but I won’t spoil it for potential readers by revealing it.
I would have loved to give this book more than three stars, but as objective as I can be I was unable to mark this any higher. It is a tale of great potential, but sadly, for me at least, it falls short.
Please note, I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
The book is really easy to read. From the first pages, the author weaves the mystery and mischief in the story…
Provided by author as a complementary copy for my opinion and review.
With Kima, A. H. Amin has created a remarkable story of two children and a wise woman. Kima's story, told to her by the Black Seagull, leaves an impression - not only on Alice and Alex; I could hear her voice in my mind. The tale of courageous allies and their endeavour to save the world is beautiful. It is a good read, drawing you close to Kima, Alice, Alex, and the tale. Respect for nature should be on our minds, listening instead of being indifferent. A. H. Amin was inspired by an article about suicide whales on the beaches of South Africa, he did some research on whales and learned that whales use the Earth's magnetic field to navigate. 'What if a magnetic field generated by a different source could influence and affect whales?' Kima, Alice, and Alex are of sufficient depth - as well as believable. The story has a good flow.
This is a book for you if you like mythology and folk tales, as well as nature and food for thought.