Ellis, Deborah. Mud City.Groundwood Books. 164p. map. c2003. 0-88899-518-0. $15.95. JS
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The currency market, also known as the Foreign Exchange market, is the largest financial market in the world, with a daily average volume of over US $1 trillion. listeners for her reporting from Afghanistan, has given us another novel about street children there (following Parvana's Journey and The Breadwinner bread·win·ner
One whose earnings are the primary source of support for one's dependents.
bread·winning n. ). Mud City is about an Afghani af·ghan·i
n. pl. af·ghan·is
See Table at currency.
[Pashto afghn girl named Shauzia who is living in a refugee camp in Pakistan. She is a feisty girl, used to being on her own disguised as a boy, so she doesn't like the regulations of the camp very much. She has a dream of somehow saving enough money to get to France--a dream that has little chance of becoming reality. Most of the story is about Shauzia's experiences on the streets of Peshawar, where she and her beloved dog protect each other and survive by begging and doing odd jobs odd jobs npl → chapuzas fpl
odd jobs npl → petits travaux divers
odd jobs odd npl → . At one dramatic point in the story, Shauzia is jailed and by chance rescued by a European man who takes her home to his family in Peshawar to live. Ellis tells this part of the story adeptly, describing the cultural clash between the well-meaning Europeans and Shauzia, who has no way of relating to relating to relate prep → concernant
relating to relate prep → bezüglich +gen, mit Bezug auf +acc the abundance of food, clothes, and other material wealth in her new home.
There is a note at the end of the novel about the recent history of Afghanistan and the plight of the thousands of street children in that part of the world. Proceeds from the sales of this book will go to Street Kids International.