On a promontory jutting out into the Atlantic wind stands the Home run by Brother Benedict, where boys are taught a little of God and a lot of fear. To Michael Lamb, one of the youngest brothers, the regime is without hope, and when he inherits a small legacy he defies his elders and runs away, taking with him a twelve-year-old boy, Owen Kane. Radio Eireann call it a kidnapping. For Michael the act is the beginning of Owen's salvation. Posing as father and son, they concentrate on discovering the happiness that is so unfamiliar to them both. But as the outside world closes in around them - as time, money and opportunity run out - Michael finds himself moving towards a solution that is as uncompromising as it is inspired by love.
©2011 Bernard MacLaverty (P)2011 Random House Audio Go
Connor Mullen reads this book very well. I have no idea what the point of the story is. Something to do with love and compassion. But it seems to be a very misguided love. Perhaps the moral is to avoid being a catholic in Ireland and in particular, for boys, avoid a Christian Brother education. I have experience of both and that's why my daughters are neither Catholics nor Catholic educated. Still the story is well written even if it does send shivers down my back. Liam Neeson starred in the movie which I could only watch half of. Perhaps worth a listen.
Brought up through the Catholic system and having now learned reality this was very poignant for me. The story moving, real and full of the hipocracies of Catholicism.
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