Underground Road by Sharon Kernot

By Sharon Kernot

Damien, Edith, Kenneth and Mary are citizens of a unmarried road whose lives are usual to the final measure and as such surround dependancy and household violence, quiet achievements and small acts of kindness and treachery. Jack and Mary, locked at uncomfortably shut quarters on Jack's retirement, chafe and sulk and be anxious. Edith reveals solace in her lonely existence taking part in the pokies. younger Damien, frightened of his stepfather Marcus and the college bully, broods on revenge. And Kenneth, unhinged, wanders the streets. Lives intertwine and judgements are made. And the strain grows to its shattering climax. "'Underground Road' is a sharply political novel, highlighting uncomfortable yet useful questions on justice, equity and human rights - specifically the rights of kids to dwell properly and be taken care of, to get pleasure from fulfilled and satisfied lives." - Francesca Rendle-Short

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Granny hadn’t even had a chance to wet her tongue when I got up from my chair. I said: “Sir, I swear, I would rather the world come to an end than read inappropriate boo . ” The principal interrupted me mid-sentence: “Don’t speak until you are given permission. ” I lowered my head and sat down. ” The principal lit a cigarette and said: “He has to compose it himself, Mother. ” “The minute he writes himself, you see how it turns out. Teach him however he should write that will please you. He’s just a child.

Up to now, no one has even seen anyone inviting them to a wedding. Just imagine what it would feel like to be at a wedding and the body-washer is right there next to you. Would you be able to feel comfortable eating the fruits and sweets and wedding dinner? Certainly, I wanted to go over to Kal Asghar the body-washer’s and ask lots of questions and include them in my composition. However, I was afraid of him. Even though it’s a small town and everyone knows his body-washer, still, few people have any real details about their lives.

The principal was talking on the phone. I was hoping and praying that Mr. Hosseini was on the other end. In the end I never did figure out who he was talking to. The composition notebook was on the principal’s desk. We waited until the principal’s conversation came to an end and he put down the receiver. Granny hadn’t even had a chance to wet her tongue when I got up from my chair. I said: “Sir, I swear, I would rather the world come to an end than read inappropriate boo . ” The principal interrupted me mid-sentence: “Don’t speak until you are given permission.

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