Trash

Trash Raphael is a dumpsite boy He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash sifting it sorting it breathing it sleeping next to it Then one unlucky lucky day Raphael s world turns ups

  • Title: Trash
  • Author: Andy Mulligan
  • ISBN: 9780385619011
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Raphael is a dumpsite boy He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping next to it.Then one unlucky lucky day, Raphael s world turns upside down A small leather bag falls into his hands It s a bag of clues It s a bag of hope It s a bag that will change everything.Soon Raphael and his friends Gardo and RatRaphael is a dumpsite boy He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping next to it.Then one unlucky lucky day, Raphael s world turns upside down A small leather bag falls into his hands It s a bag of clues It s a bag of hope It s a bag that will change everything.Soon Raphael and his friends Gardo and Rat are running for their lives Wanted by the police, it takes all their quick thinking, fast talking to stay ahead As the net tightens, they uncover a dead man s mission to put right a terrible wrong.And now it s three street boys against the world

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    1. Trash by Andrew "Andy" Mulligan, a British theatre director, drama teacher and now novelist is set most likely in the Philippines. Why? He used the places that are familiar to us Filipinos: Smoky Mountain (for us it is spelled with an "e" as in Smokey), Green Hills (Greenhills is a shopping center in San Juan where the former president/vice-president/senator, Joseph Estrada lives), McKinley Hill and the currency is in pesos and the country celebrates All Soul's Day on November 2nd when people fl [...]

    2. What an amazing book! Three dumpsite boys live by sifting rubbish and looking for things to sell. One day they discover a deadly secret which they must decipher and try to fathom, and which they must risk their lives to keep hidden from the police.Mulligan's writing is crystal clear: each voice is unique, telling the story as it happens from a different of point of view, which gives credibility and depth and sets an incredible pace.It is a confronting tale of the corruption of power and the impl [...]

    3. داستان وختی از زبون‌ بچّه‌ها بیان بشه، خیلی ساده‌س. این‌داستان، هم ایده و هم شیوه‌ی داستان‌پردازیش و عناصر داستانیش، ساده بود. نحوه‌ی گره‌افکنی و گره‌گشایی و تعلیق امّا، فوق‌العاده. ریتم و گام نرمی داره. برا من روزی که شروعش کردم، تا نصفش پیش رفتم و چون خوابم گرف، ادامه [...]

    4. I read/taught this book two years ago. It has a fast-paced plot about "dumpsite boys" who wade through mountains of garbage each day in order to make a living. Then they accidentally discover something that changes everything. Many of the details are harsh and based on actual people and places. One of my former students had an older sister who had Andy Mulligan, the author, as an English teacher when they lived in the Philippines. So, as a gift, Mulligan gave the older sister an early manuscript [...]

    5. Wonderful. This book is just wonderful. Despite the connotation of the word, Trash is far from being, well, trash. It’s more of a gem actually, if I may say. So what made me want to read this book? Curiosity. Who wouldn’t be curious about a novel that is about his own country? With these, I’ll tell you in three parts the reasons why I like this book : the setting, the characters, the plot.The settingAlthough there is no mention about it in the book, Trash is most probably set in the Philip [...]

    6. "Bu ülkede aptal olmanın da, tıpkı fakir olmak gibi, bir bedeli vardır."İşte bu, harika bir çocuk romanı. Hatta yetişkin romanı.Çöplükte yaşayan üç çocuğun hayatı, buldukları deri bir çantayla tümden değişiyor. Kendilerini bir anda sosyopolitik bir maceranın içinde buluyorlar ve ömürleri boyunca unutmayacakları şeyler yaşıyorlar. Çok güçlü bir roman. Her şeyden önce, karşımızda okurunun zekâsıyla hiç alay etmeyen bir yazar var. Anlattığı şeyin ina [...]

    7. Well, I heard about this book and it seemed like an interesting concept. Then my friend read it and he told me that I had to read it because he read a book I picked out last time. I must say: reading this book was torture for me. I finished it over 2 days and that was w/ me skimming over the 2nd 1/2.The characters weren't really developed enough for me. And the book is told through the different characters POV which I usually like. But the writing wasn't that great therefore it didn't draw me in [...]

    8. کتاب مثل خیلی کتاب‌های نوجوانان ماجراجویانه است و معمایی اما قهرمان‌های داستان سه تا بچه‌ی زباله گردن و نکاتی که در موردشون می‌گه، ان‌جی‌اوهایی که اونجا کار می‌کنن و کلی نکته‌ی ریز دیگه بسیار دقیق و درسته و چقدر خوب که بچه‌ها این چیزا رو بخونن به جای دید ترحمی و آخی‌ای د [...]

    9. اصولاً زیاد داستان های رئال نمیخونم اما این یکی رو خوندم و برام جذابیتی خارق العاده داشتاردیبهشت 94 شروع کردمش، بعد دیگه نخوندمش تا هفته ی پیش. توی یک هفته یه چهل صفحه ای پیش رفتم اما دیشب نشستم و تمومش کردم. حدود 150 صقحه رو خوندم چون من رو به شدت جذب کرده بودبه نظر من رئالیستی مو [...]

    10. I know I am over-excited by any book I read, and I know I always say I love a book and that everyone should read it. I know that. But right now, when I am going to say what I am going to say about this book, you need to forget anything I have ever said on any book I ever reviewed on this blog.I may love werewolves, fantasy, dystopian universes, funky writing styles and kick-ass heroines but all of this is irrelevant and superfluous. If you read one book this year, just a single one, make sure yo [...]

    11. Far from diverting attention from the Philippines, the seemingly insignificant details that Andy Mulligan utilized in Trash even serve to reinforce the idea that the story was actually set in our very own Manila, particularly in that hectares-big dumpsite called Payatas. (Smoky Mountain, the old dumpsite in Tondo, has since been closed and abandoned. In the book, Payatas was renamed Behala.) Aside from familiar places in the metro and the very Filipino names, most telling, in my opinion, is the [...]

    12. This book was totally different from anything else I have read so far this year. It hit on a variety of topics which made me think and was generally a nice read.The story was told from the point of view of three boys (along with ocassional commentary from other secondary characters) who live and work in trash, namely the city landfill site. They make their living from wading through the rubbish thrown out by the people in the city they live in. The first thing that really struck home for me whil [...]

    13. This is probably one of my favorite books of all time! I recommend it to everyone and anyone. Found out today that they have made a movie based on Trash. Looks really good! (Though it is almost impossible for it to be better than the book!)

    14. Reading experience is more of a 3.5. The book though, is a 3. (if that makes sense).[image error]i happen to have this cover. as i'm reading along, it seems more and more tragically beautiful to me. by far my favourite cover of the book. [Update] I now see that my cover features Garbo (I'm assuming since he's bald). But the cover the review features also really connects with me now. After reading this book, it will hold so much meaning. This is why I love covers that are actually relevant to the [...]

    15. This book took my breath away for the sheer beauty of the writing and the depth in which the author told a tale of poverty and the stark disparity of those who have and those who are without even basic needs.It is a story of political graft and corruption that occurs systemically on all levels of the hierarchy. It is a story of brave young boys who pay a high price for a dream of a better existence.With no hope of a better life, a large population of poor pick and sort garbage. Living and workin [...]

    16. "I learned that the world revolves around money. There are values and virtues and morals; there are relationships and trust and love - and all of that is important. Money, however, is more important, and it is dripping all the time, like precious water. Some drink deep, others thirst. Without money, you shrivel and die. The absence of money is drought in which nothing can grow. Nobody knows the value of water until they've lived in a dry, dry place.''

    17. فضا جدید بود ، داستان هم جدید بود ، دوست داشتم رمز و رازهاش بیشتر و طولانی تر می شد ، اما همین هم خیلی جذاب بود و منو جذب کرد.

    18. Trash. Ladrones de esperanza: 3,5 estrellas.Behala es un basural, pero para muchas otras personas es también su hogar. En estas condiciones de una extrema pobreza y con una higiene deplorable, viven Rafael y Gardo, dos niños que deben sobrevivir el día a día a partir de los desperdicios que vierten allí los lugares aledaños, tal como lo hacen todos sus habitantes. Remover la basura en busca de algo útil que puedan vender o reciclar es el objetivo diario, que no sucede tan a menudo, y ya s [...]

    19. I liked this book. It tells a good story, and its very different from what i'm used to reading. And it was definitely a page-turner. Although, i must say, i found it hard for me to connect with the characters much. I believe that's because the writing style was a bit odd in my opinion; it seemed as if the book was translated into english. In truth, for a plot like this, i would much rather prefer watching it in a movie.

    20. Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.Even before I read Trash, I knew it will be one of those book that has a strong, immediate connection to me. As a child, I often spent my summer holidays in Manila, where the plot was loosely based. While reading, I came to find out just how much the characters, language and particularly the setting reminded me of the Philippines. But it is not its mere familiarity that made me love this book, it's the way the plot is reminiscent of some of the ugly reality i [...]

    21. Raphael and his friends have grown up in a slum town built amidst a rubbish dump, spending their days sorting through rubbish for anything that they can sell to get money for food. They have all dreamed of finding something valuable but when Raphael finds a bag containing money, a key and a letter life nothing will ever be the same again. With corrupt policemen looking for the bag they are now in great danger - it is very easy for street kids to disappear and there is no one who can stop it happ [...]

    22. This is a horribly realistic story, written with depth and emotion -- and filled with surprises. Even though it's only based off Manila, the Philippines, the book rings of a true-to-life story. You get caught up in the crushing poverty of dump kids, in their way of life, in their personal stories. Drama, fear, trouble, mystery, police, unforgettable characters, beatings, rubbish -- it's all there. It's a story of a different perspective. It's a story of fighting for what you think is right. Thou [...]

    23. Andy Mulligan’s Trash succeeds in telling an intelligent story of mystery for children though it does have its drawbacks. Mulligan’s characters, 3 young boys named Raphael, Gardo, and Jun-Jun or Rat, do not seem to have a different voice as they trade the responsibility of writing the chapters of this story. I, personally, found myself having to constantly look back to see who was speaking at the time; often I found I did not even care enough to look back, as it often did not matter who was [...]

    24. captivating narration of an exciting adventure in the slums of Manila. I finished it in a very short time and will warmly recommend this to my 15-year old nephew.

    25. Raphael lives and works at a dump in a third world country. He spends his days mucking through trash and muck, hoping to find something he can sell. One day, he comes across a mysterious object that was thrown away. When the police come looking for the item, Raphael and his two friends decide to unravel the mystery of what the object means.Trash is a great mystery novel for younger readers, but what is most important about this book is how it really portrayed the horrors of poverty very well. It [...]

    26. Raphael Fernández is a trash boy. He lives with his Auntie in a tiny shack, in a stinking, sprawling shanty-town, in an unnamed third-world country, scraping together a dismal living foraging for scrap metal, tire treads, whatever shabby stock the dump site, Behala, might yield on any given day. Raphael's daily life is grueling, his prospects bleak, until he and Gardo, his hard-boiled blood brother, unearth a veritable treasure--the wallet of a dead-man brimming with bills and the key to a lugg [...]

    27. This is a perfect Middle School book! It is about how three friends found a way out of poverty in the most unusual of circumstances --a modern day rags to riches. It is narrated in turns by all the main characters and some secondary ones, and this revolving-door style works well, reflecting the interdependence of the kids as they solve clues to right a wrong and improve their lot in life.Towards the end of the book Mulligan inserted several newspaper clippings to move the story forward; they wer [...]

    28. I rated this book as a three because I liked that it had a lot of adventure, but it was hard to relate to because they characters in the book were very different than me. This book is about Raphael and his close friend Gardo who are picking trash in a Behala dump site as usual until one day they find something that could lead them to the murderer of Juan Felipe. They check out the leads further and further. In order to find out what happens, you need to read the book. Two quotes from this book t [...]

    29. All I can say is Andy Mulligan pulls no punches in TRASH. People do live this way; people do really do these things. The squalor that he describes, the corruption that he explains, the harsh treatment meted out by authorities. All these things are fact for a good number of people here. And yet, the positives like the kindness of strangers, the charity of others, the connectedness of family, were not discounted. So the message? While there is a lot of trash, there’s also a lot to be thankful fo [...]

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