Saturday, June 9, 2012

Gypsy Boy

"Gypsy Boy" by Mikey Walsh
Hardcover: 278 pages
Published: Hodder & Stoughton 2009

Mikey was born into a Romany Gypsy family. They live in a closeted community, and little is known about their way of life. After centuries of persecution Gypsies are wary of outsiders and if you choose to leave you can never come back.
This is something Mikey knows only too well.

Growing up, he rarely went to school, and seldom mixed with non-Gypsies. The caravan and camp were his world.

But although Mikey inherited a vibrant and loyal culture his family’s legacy was bittersweet with a hidden history of grief and abuse.
Eventually Mikey was forced to make an agonising decision – to stay and keep secrets, or escape and find somewhere he could truly belong.

This book was an interesting look into the lives of Romany Gypsies.  There is a show on TV right now that is about gypsies, and this book kind of reminds me of that.  Although this book shows a darker side to their ways of living, and hopefully not all are like this.  This is a sad and sometimes upsetting book to read, so beware.  It also reminds me of the book "A Child Called It".