- Title: Divided City
- Author: Theresa Breslin
- ISBN: 9780552551885
- Page: 424
- Format: Paperback
A young man lies bleeding in the street.It could be any street, in any city But it s not It s Glasgow And it s May the marching season The Orange Walks have begun.Graham doesn t want to be involved He just wants to play football with his new mate, Joe But when he witnesses a shocking moment of violence, suddenly he and Joe are involved With Catholics, and with ProA young man lies bleeding in the street.It could be any street, in any city But it s not It s Glasgow And it s May the marching season The Orange Walks have begun.Graham doesn t want to be involved He just wants to play football with his new mate, Joe But when he witnesses a shocking moment of violence, suddenly he and Joe are involved With Catholics, and with Protestants With a young Muslim asylum seeker, and his girlfriend With all the old rivalries and fears .A gripping tale about two boys who must find their own answers and their own way forward in a world divided by differences.
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I'm sure this book has salient points to deliver about football, hooliganism, hatred of the unknown - whether it be religion, culture, or anything else -, the background of the Orange Order, and I'm sure that this would make an interesting read for a football fan in their early teens. At least, I guess there may be a way to connect to the football aspect of it - even if the footie talk is mostly limited to the two Glaswegian teams in the early 2000s.I'm glad I read this, but I am feeling rather [...]
I cannot dislike the book, which keeps so precise and true descriptions and thoughts about my favourite game - football. The dialogs about it are brilliand, because they are very logical and they are written very competent, even though the author is a woman. It doesn`t prevent me from comprehension, that one of the tasks of penetration of this theme into the book is to make it attractive for such readers-fans as I and to focus through the football theme on other themes, opened in this book.The t [...]
When I finished this book, I was a bit puzzled. I still couldn't understand, that the whole city is divided into two parts, having different religions, different traditions, different football teams If there are so many differences, what connected these groups? Why there are living together?Nevertheless, I was so deeply impressed by this book, because it was written brilliantly. Of course, I admired the football match descriptions and the teenagers' dreams of them playing in the World Cup final. [...]
Devided city, written by Theresa Breslin.Devided city is a really nice book and the book is easy to read. the book is really likable if you like footbal and when you like the Scottish competition. I knew a lot of the Scottisch competition before is started to read this book, but when I started to read this book I realized how many hate their was between the supporters. before you start to read this book I advise to read something about the Old Firm, when you know something about the Old Firm it [...]
I mostly liked this book. It describes the story of two boys, who belong to different religions. Also they support different football teams. It seems that one has to treat another just like another stranger and best be on his way out. Atmosphere in which live each of them should have big influence on them. But, they become good friends, although they have different world outlook, they believe in different things, support different teams. Graham is the main character of this book. He changes with [...]
One night Graham (surname never specified) is taking a short cut - against which his parents have repeatedly warned him – on his way home from football training when he witnesses a gang chasing and stabbing a young lad whom they call “asylum scum”. Graham comforts the wounded boy, Kyoul, uses the mobile phone Kyoul has dropped to call an ambulance and accompanies him to the hospital then slips away but not before Kyoul asks him to take a message, and the phone, to his girlfriend Leanne. Th [...]
I read this book because my daughter read it in school as part of a project on sectarianism and I was curious (in a Glasgow school so very relevant) and I have to admit the book hits the nail on the head. Being a teenager in Glasgow in the early ninety's (ok a bit before this is set) I've seen old firm day violence, been in the city centre on dreaded orange walk days and remember what it was like when asylum seekers first arrived in the city and the author caught all aspects of that albeit a lig [...]
Good for teaching, but uses characters as vessels for opinions/conversations which jar with the narrative. Really good discussion on refugees, but delivered by a mum to her teenage son in a way that just seems weirdly forced.
Football is not my thing but the way it handles sectarianism is perfect for young teens. If parent are worried at the language don't be, yes there is some words that got my heckles up but they will hear worse on the street.Three stars for theme but as I said I hate football.
it was a very spell binding book with very intense moments it was a very short book with some boring moments as well i would recommend this book with people who like slow paced books.
this book was quite boring it was too long and didn't seem like i want to read on
i think i9t was quite a good story but some parts were not vas fun overall it was good
it was ok
It is a very controversial topic
This review was originally posted on Fluttering ButterfliesThe thing that I love the best about starting this themed event is that when I began talking about my plans for this month, I recieved some of the most interesting reading recommendations from people. And for books I'd never have considered or thought of before. Books like Divided City by Theresa Breslin. Theresa Breslin is, of course, an author I recognise but not somebody whose books I've read a great deal about.And when I heard about [...]
Well, the book "Divided city" provoked in me different, mixed, complicated feelings. As this book was based on real events, occuring in the Glasgow nowadays, I couldn't remain indifferent even if I've never been to this city. But, as a reader, I can say that all the story was written absolutely realistic and natural, that you start to believe every word of Theresa Breslin. I think it is all about her manner of presentation of text and writer's narrative style. Simple, but precise. Reader feels t [...]
This book was very interesting for me. I think, every book, that opens other world for us, is precious for us. I knew nothing about Scotland and UK in this sphere, the sphere of relations between people of different religions or nationalities. The plot is pulling us into that life, and we become a part of this life, we begin to feel. We feel the difficulties and peculiarities of that life. The plot is interesting and unusual. It’s about the simple life of teenagers, very realistic, written in [...]
It's difficult to have clear and exact opinion about something, that you don't have in your life daily. The same thing, when I can't define my precise attitude, was with book titled "Divided City". Because I hadn't read anything like that in Enlish before.Plot of this book is built on the religious conflict between catholics and protestants. It's quite thought-provoking to read about the way people live in such conditions as different schools for children with different religion, different holid [...]
When I read about children who have to deal with real problems, I always believe that it must be something like a fairy tale.At first I mistrusted author a little bit. Is it really such an issue, such division, or that were children who exaggerate this all? Graham, who always cares about what will be if parents find out, does he have true troubles or just unimportant teen-age ones? Maybe there is no 'Divided city' for adult people?However the book shows the issue, it exists, it is real. Children [...]
Well, when I ended up with reading this book, I had some controversial thoughts because the end was too sweety, and I still couldn`t understand, how the city could be devided into 2 absolutely different parts. But however I put 5 stars to this book. So, why have I come to such conclusion?First, to my mind, the style of the book is brilliant. The language of the “Devided City” is quite simple. I managed to understand the plot of this book without using the vocabulary.Second, I must say, that [...]
My impressions about this book are quite controversial. I really liked the main idea of this story: it doesn't' metter whether are Catholic or Protestant, Muslim or Ortodox,"black or white" (as Michael Jackson sang to us) - the main thing about any person is his inner world, his heart, his inner beauty. Joe and Gahaham became friends in spite of all their differences in religion, education, character, etc. and I highly appreciated the language of this story: it is spontaneous, emotional, "real", [...]
My impressions about the book of Theresa Berslin “Divided city” are quite controversial, but I can say for sure that it was really interesting reading and I was very impressed by this book. On the one hand, it was too boring for me to read about football and all these details about football mathes were quite unnecessary for me. Also I didn’t like behavior of Graham at the very beginning, because he was too selfish and self-affected. But he had changed by the end of the book and, I think, i [...]
A good book. In fact, nothing else that I can say about it. It was breathtaking, but only because of me being forced to read it in 4 hours. The story is quiet interesting. Not very original, but not a dull and boring thing either. It's a nice reading about common teenagers growing up and having their own problems and thoughts. Cannot say I really like such stories, but still this one is not bad. Plot is very significant for every book and here I feel it is a bit weak, but it must be because the [...]
This book represents a story of two boys who live in different parts of the city divided by cultural heritage, religion and priorities. The narration is full of rhetorical questions and thoughts of characters.Of course the first problem that was mentioned in the book is intolerant behaviour. It is not only about asylum seekers or fans of different football teams. The author tries to bring to the readers the idea that as long as people did not understand, accept and respect other’s positions an [...]
I was given this book a few years ago for Christmas and put off reading it for a while, due to the cover and overall premise I'm guessing. But then I read, and then I read it again, and I've since reread it several times. It's a story of sectarianism, essentially, and how the two boys work together and past their differences to solve this problem they have. In my town sectarianism is a huge issue, due to the same football teams in the book. That, plus it being set in Glasgow, helped me relate to [...]
In my opinion this book was built just on one big conflict of opposition of two ideologies, which opposition has no base to exist, nothing else. The whole small plot was built just to prove us, that this stupid opposition has no sense. And because of that the plot is very unreal, because Joe and Gragham couldn't so easily become friends, they couldn't meet so much kind people, people are evil, most of them. And even the plot can be real, in this book there is only one big conflict, so dramatic s [...]
Divided City by Theresa Breslin is a book I had to read for school. We were supposed to only read Chapters 1-8 this week but I decided to read the whole book on the first night. So many people said to me, 'Oh, it's great, it's brilliant, you should totally read it'. To be honest with you, it kinda let me down. I expected it to be a lot better. The story is about two boys, Joe and Graham who live in Glasgow. They're not supposed to be friends because they support different football teams - Joe su [...]
Having grown up in Glasgow and now teaching in Glasgow this book really hit home with me. It is an emotional roller coaster. One minute your laughing at the Glasgow patter and the next your crying because you realise how real it is. Fantastically well written. I read Whispers in the Graveyard by Theresa Breslin when I was in school and it was one of my favourite books and I now remember why. Theresa Breslin drags you into the book and makes you part of it. I'm not a football fan at all and altho [...]
In terms if enjoyment I found this book to be quite an average, quick read but what really impressed me was the educational side of the story. It was really interesting to read a book set in the city that I live and it was exciting to understand all the references to the places in Glasgow that were mentioned. The author did a good job of balancing out the opinions on religion and football and I think it will have a positive impact on any young football supporter. There were many issues covered i [...]
This book is marvellous! I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a subtle yet interesting book about the experiences of teens growing up in Scotland. The plot is developed very well throughout the whole story, and has some twists and turns that bring out the personalities of the main characters.
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