The Return by Dulce Maria Cardoso

The Return

Dulce Maria Cardoso

This young adult's view of a Civil War and its consequences to everything he has ever known is an interesting read. Whatever your personal political feelings about this subject matter, no one can escape the hardship endured by those fleeing their homes with nothing but the bags they're holding and the clothes on their backs. Touching, innocent, incredibly down-to-earth and extremely relevant to the current plight of the Syrian refugees crisis.

Extract

The staff don't want us here and they don't like serving us. They think the blacks kicked us out of there because we exploited them, we lost everything, it was all our fault and we don't deserve to be here in a five-star hotel being waited on the way we were back there. The staff prefer serving the blacks that can't even hold their cutlery properly to serving us, they think the blacks are victims who endured five centuries of oppression and now have had to flee the war. Just let the staff keep feeding those blacks like we did, let them keep serving those blacks and one day they'll see, the blacks rise up in revolt and they do to them what they did to us, they'll bang on their doors and take them away with hands tied behind their backs, they'll take them away and I'll laugh.

Parallels
  • Death of Dignity: Angola's Civil War by Victoria Brittain
  • Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan

Books with similar mood

Oystercatchers

Susan Fletcher

Astonishing Splashes of Colour

Clare Morrall

Lucifer

Michael Cordy

Caribou Island

David Vann

The Godless Boys

Naomi Wood

Speak No Evil

Uzodinma Iweala

In the Distance

Hernan Diaz

Basket of Deplorables

Tom Rachman

Out in the Open

Jesús Carrasco

America Pacifica

Anna North

Home

Marilynne Robinson

Walk the Blue Fields

Claire Keegan

The Resurrectionist

James Bradley

Racists

Kunal Basu

Double Vision

Tricia Sullivan

The Internationals

Sarah May

Kith and Kin

Stevie Davies

Weatherman

Anthony Cropper

The Intuitionist

Colson Whitehead

The Poisonwood Bible

Barbara Kingsolver

The Woman Who Knew Too Much

B Reece Johnson

Telling Liddy

Anne Fine

The Prophets of Eternal Fjord

Kim Leine

Song for an Approaching Storm

Peter Fröberg Idling

The Kills

Richard House

Talk of the Town

Jacob Polley

The Bride from Odessa

Edgardo Cozarinsky

At Swim, Two Boys

Jamie O'Neill

Falling Out of Cars

Jeff Noon

White Trash

John King

Bad Boy Brawly Brown

Walter Mosley

He Kills Coppers

Jake Arnott

Night Watch

Malin Lindroth

I Know This Much is True

Wally Lamb

Disquiet

Julia Leigh

From a Low and Quiet Sea

Donal Ryan

The Association of Small Bombs

Karan Mahajan

An Honorable Man

Paul Vidich

San Miguel

T C Boyle

Wall of Days

Alastair Bruce

The Warsaw Anagrams

Richard Zimler

London and the South-east

David Szalay

Greenfly

Tom Lee

In a Strange Room

Damon Galgut

Bumping

Tony Bianchi

American Rust

Philipp Meyer

Mister Pip

Lloyd Jones

The Shadow Walker

Michael Walters

Without Blood

Alessandro Baricco