MerdekaMerdeka by Lachlan Gunn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent story, exemplifying humanity in inhumane circumstances. It unfolds well and the characters are introduced and made known to the reader manageably, giving the reader the opportunity for empathy with all the characters. From the predictive beginning – that is, it predicts events – to the classic ending – classic, not clichéd – the book is riveting. There is some weak punctuation, e.g., run-on sentences and lack of apostrophes, such as ‘ones’ and one other – someone’s name or rank, I think it is, but, unusual for me, this didn’t bother me at all or interfere with the five star rating. I was not surprised to read that this writer is related to Neil Gunn. Good writing is definitely in the genes.

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