The Last Brother

The Last Brother Review

In The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah, 1944 is coming to a close and nine-year-old Raj is unaware of the war devastating the rest of the world. He lives in Mauritius, a remote island in the Indian Ocean, where survival is a daily struggle for his family. When a brutal beating lands Raj in the hospital of the prison camp where his father is a guard, he meets a mysterious boy his own age. David is a refugee, one of a group of Jewish exiles whose harrowing journey took them from Nazi occupied Europe to Palestine, where they were refused entry and sent on to indefinite detainment in Mauritius.

A massive storm on the island leads to a breach of security at the camp, and David escapes, with Raj's help. After a few days spent hiding from Raj's cruel father, the two young boys flee into the forest. Danger, hunger, and malaria turn what at first seems like an adventure to Raj into an increasingly desperate mission.

This unforgettable and deeply moving novel sheds light on a fascinating and unexplored corner of World War II history, and establishes Nathacha Appanah as a significant international voice.

Title:The Last Brother
Edition Language:English

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  • Bettie?

    Description: In the remote forests of Madagascar, young Raj is almost oblivious of the Second World War raging beyond his tiny exotic island. With only his mother for company while his father works as...

  • Jim Fonseca

    A story set during World War II on the island of Mauritius, off the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. The story centers on a young boy from an impoverished family whose father is a sugar cane c...

  • Barbara

    Several years ago, my husband and I took a trip to Israel. During our first week there, while we were in Jerusalem, we were ignorant of the fact that during the Sabbath everything closed down. This ...

  • Jill

    This is a story as old as the hills – the discovery and loss of a soul mate in a world gone awry – told with lyricism, poignancy, and sensuousness by a French-Mauritian author who is at the top of...

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    First of all, I enjoyed the unusual setting of this novel--Mauritius. I knew it was an island off the coast of Africa, but not much else. Found out it was the home of the now extinct dodo! Much of thi...

  • Jennifer (JC-S)

    ‘I would have liked him to tell his story himself in his own words and with the things that he alone could see.’This novel was inspired by the story of 1,584 Jews who fled Europe, were refused ent...

  • Shawn

    Giving this book two stars is a bit misleading. Two stars is supposed to indicate that you thought the book was just "ok". I thought this book was awful, which should have earned it one star. However,...

  • Lilisa

    Factually speaking, this is one of the shortest books I’ve read – a mere 165 pages; but that’s extraordinarily deceptive. The book more than makes up for its lack of length – it’s packed wit...

  • Sookie

    David: My name means "King"Raj (thinking angrily): So does mine!Two boys befriend each other standing on opposite sides of a barbwire fence. David, the Jewish boy is put in prison camp in Mauritius wh...

  • Carl

    Ok, maybe it’s a 2 1/2, I’ll still be in need of a flame-retardant suit, as I was apparently less impressed than most readers. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind when I read it, alth...