The End of Time is a fabulous modern story about the differences and similarities between people of all races and religions.
Told in first person with empathy and humour, it centres on on the story of two teenage Syrian brothers trying to reach the U.K. where they hope to leave the war behind them and start a new life.
One of the brothers insists on bringing a strange man named Jesus along with them, despite the fact that he’s an alcoholic and more of a hindrance than a help. Along the way they discover random kindness and cruelty and start to question the existence of divine intervention.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s written in an easy-reading style that allows you to become immersed in the story but also pause and think about the questions it raises along the way. The quirky, earnest characters will stay with me for a long time.
Author Gavin Extence has an uncanny ability to draw the western reader in and build empathy with the perceived ‘other’ that is the seething mass of refugees making their way into and across Europe.
Maybe you’ve struggled to understand why people flee their own country to seek refuge elsewhere, or maybe you’ve wondered how people manage to make it to their chosen country of refuge at all. If this describes you, or someone you know, The End of Time is an excellent book in which to seek answers.
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From the back cover:
Beneath the stars, on a stony beach, stand two teenage brothers.
They are wearing lifejackets that are too big for them and their most precious belongings are sealed in waterproof bags tucked inside the rucksacks on their backs.
Turkey is behind them and Europe lies ahead, a dark, desperate swim away.
They don’t know what will come next, but they’re about to meet a man who does. He calls himself Jesus, the Messiah. He is barefoot, dishevelled and smells strongly of alcohol.
And he doesn’t believe in chance meetings. He believes he has information about the future – information that will change three lives forever . . .
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