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The Orphan Keeper de Camron Wright
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The Orphan Keeper (2016 original; edició 2016)

de Camron Wright (Autor)

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Seven-year-old Chellamuthu's life--and his destiny--is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children. His family is desperate to find him, and Chellamuthu anxiously tells the Indian orphanage that he is not an orphan, he has a mother who loves him. But he is told not to worry, he will soon be adopted by a loving family in America. Chellamuthu is suddenly surrounded by a foreign land and a foreign language. He can't tell people that he already has a family and becomes consumed by a single, impossible question: How do I get home? But after more than a decade, home becomes a much more complicated idea as the Indian boy eventually sheds his past and receives a new name: Taj Khyber Rowland. It isn't until Taj meets an Indian family who helps him rediscover his roots, as well as marrying Priya, his wife, who helps him unveil the secrets of his past, that he begins to discover the truth he has all but forgotten.… (més)
Membre:jenncaffeinated
Títol:The Orphan Keeper
Autors:Camron Wright (Autor)
Informació:Shadow Mountain (2016), Edition: Hardcover, 432 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:*****
Etiquetes:No n'hi ha cap

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The Orphan Keeper: A Novel Based on a True Story de Camron Wright (2016)

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This was an amazing tale, one eye-opening, heart-breaking and a bit astonishing – I was glued to the page from the very beginning. Never in the world have I read a more fortuitous coincidence as in this book. Camron Wright has written the story of Chellamuthu, keeping to the story he was told and fictionalizing parts where blanks needed to be filled in.

The Orphan Keeper was a two-tissue read for me. It is a tale of love of family, personal struggle and determination, vividly told. The characters are aptly depicted, and I was drawn into their struggles: the pain and abandonment felt by young Chellamuthu, the strong belief of the orphanage manager that he truly was giving the young people a chance at a better life (however misguided it was), the struggles of Taj to fit in as the only brown-skinned boy in several counties as he was growing up. His re-introduction to the Indian culture he had largely forgotten occurred while he was studying in London was fascinating. But it was the determination of Taj in his later years to seek out his family that stayed with me. Such a powerful and beautiful story about the strength of the family bond – I think it would be a wonderful pick for book clubs. ( )
  jenncaffeinated | Jul 4, 2021 |
This novel based upon a real story is set in India and later in the United States. Chellamuthu is a young boy living in the slums of a village in India. His life is hard, but he is basically happy and is loved by his family. One day he disobeys his father when the father tells him to wait outside a building. Chellauthu is kidnapped and taken in a van to the Lincoln Home Orphanage. Here he tries to tell Eli, the man seemingly in charge, that he has a family and he is not an orphan. Once he tries to escape by climbing through what is basically a sewer. He does meet others here particularly one boy who he plays with and a young girl who is very ill.

Eli, the manager of the orphanage, is a Christian and truly believes he is saving these children. Whether or not he really knows that the boys has been kidnapped is not clear. The goal of the orphanage is to place these children in places such as the United States.

Soon Chellamuthu finds himself on a plane to the United States where he is adopted into a loving family, Linda and Fred Rowland. Fred is a wrestling coach at the high school and the boy soon also learns to wrestle. Because his name is so strange to others, the family gives him the name of Taj. Several chapters deal with Taj's first impressions of the new home. Chapters then skip to Taj as a senior in high school. He has moved out of the house (that is never really explored), and is able to get a scholarship to a school in London where he lives with an Indian family. This is his first experiences with people from India as he never met any where he lived. This opens an entirely new world to him.

He develops friendships and eventually comes back to the US now determined to find his roots in India. He meets an Indian girl whom he falls in love with. Strangely, he finds that it is this girl's father who wrote the letter in India regarding the adoption. Taj and the girl eventually marry against the wishes of her family who still believe in arranged marriages and the father never helps Taj find his family. When they go back for a wedding of a relative, Taj explores the area and eventually does find the place where he grew up and the biological mother. All of this seems extreme, but it is based on a true story and there are pictures in the back of the book. Interesting story. ( )
  maryreinert | Mar 26, 2021 |
Chellamuthu has been through much in his eight years. His family poor, he is made to do things he would not normally do by a group of older boys, boys that tended to be the bullies of the small town where he lived in.He will be kidnapped off the street, taken to an orphanage, and eventually adopted into an American family. He would eventually forget his early years until he starts getting glimmers of his past when he attend school in England and boards with an Indian family.

Stories based on true events are always for me more significant. I enjoyed reading about his time in the orphanage which was run by a misguided man with good intentions. Chella will show his caring ways early on, trying to save another young orphan, but always missing his home, his real family. In America, his name will be changed to Raj, easier to pronounce, his new family hoping it will allow him to fit in at school. A very endearing story, startling loss, his new parents loving,, adopting many from different cultures when they can not have children of their own. He meets many people who will reach out to him with their willingness to help. At times the dialogue was too emotive, a bit overwritten but overall this was a wonderful story about a young man and his journey to recover his past. I enjoyed learning a little more about the Tamil Indian culture as well.
Author's note is included.

ARC from publisher. ( )
  Beamis12 | Nov 13, 2016 |
Here's a case where one wishes that the story had been written by the protagonists rather than a professional. This is an amazing tale of an eight year old boy from Tamil Nadu who is kidnapped on the street in the 1970s by alleged "do-gooders" who sell children to adoptive American parents for profit. Chellamuthu becomes Taj to his American family and feels alienated at home yet resistant to any Indian culture. His adoptive parents learn that he had a family back in India, but don't tell him that they attempted to track them down, with no luck. Taj goes on to live a happy and successful life (no spoilers) despite all the obstacles, including, most infuriatingly, a father-in-law who seems to know much about the circumstances but refuses to help Taj in his search. The overall lack of communication between everyone in the story is almost unbelievable. I suggest that you wait for Taj's tell-all. ( )
  froxgirl | Oct 28, 2016 |
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Seven-year-old Chellamuthu's life--and his destiny--is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children. His family is desperate to find him, and Chellamuthu anxiously tells the Indian orphanage that he is not an orphan, he has a mother who loves him. But he is told not to worry, he will soon be adopted by a loving family in America. Chellamuthu is suddenly surrounded by a foreign land and a foreign language. He can't tell people that he already has a family and becomes consumed by a single, impossible question: How do I get home? But after more than a decade, home becomes a much more complicated idea as the Indian boy eventually sheds his past and receives a new name: Taj Khyber Rowland. It isn't until Taj meets an Indian family who helps him rediscover his roots, as well as marrying Priya, his wife, who helps him unveil the secrets of his past, that he begins to discover the truth he has all but forgotten.

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