Gods stood there, their ivory eyes watching in silence.
Men butchered men, all crying out in their name.
Was religion greater than humanity?
Set against the heavily tensed atmosphere of a religiously diverse area, "Across the Line" tells the story of two small boys whose lives are tossed into a sea of unrest and violence. A story about how children were left exposed to the monstrosity of men, and how they lost their innocence along their loved ones. Caught up in a bloodied frenzy of men's fanaticism, witness this journey which left the boy scarred for life.
|ISBN (Hard copy)||978-969-696-068-3|
|Estimated Reading Time||30 min|
|Published On||24 Sep 2017|
Sep 30, 2017
Though the pages of history has buried the dead yet the loss of humanity is unsalvageable. The message of friendship over all material and religious differences has been portrayed beautifully. This is indeed a beautiful story and I'm moved. Keep up with the writing.
Sep 28, 2017
Aug 23, 2017
The poem at the end just about broke every piece of my heart. No kidding, my eyes filled with tears. That aspect of it, following the ending section of the story, was a superb way to execute the message of the story. The poem by itself is strong, too.
I would've liked a bit more dialogue in the telling of the events, as opposed to the narrator telling us what people said or omitting it entirely. There were some places where descriptions were redundant but the prose was smooth overall which made for a fast and high-interest read.
I like that it was told from a naive child's point of view, therefore the reader can relate to something that is ultimately a universal conflict and not feel like the story is meant for only a select audience.
If anyone isn't moved by this, they must be dead.
Mar 17, 2017
Seriously loved it. Awesomely written made me cry for a moment <3
Why didn't this story win?
Feb 13, 2017
Salam finally I read 1st story of the competition. Across the line well written good job abhirundas. The thing I like most about his writing is his flow and in this story,the simple narration make me speechless. I am blessed to be a part of this meraqissa and enjoy these writers. Insha-Allah I write detail review on your story.Thanks
Feb 03, 2017
This book maintains a nice flow. Looking forward to reading more of your work.
Jan 16, 2017
A tale of two friends. One with a fate unknown. Well expressed and written. A recommendable read.
Jan 16, 2017
Brilliant piece of art. Highly recommended.
Jan 15, 2017
Very emotive story of a child's experience of something he should never experience. I liked the detail very much in the story except for one thing. As an American, I may lack the context to understand the nature of the conflict between the communities beyond "My God is bigger than your God.", but that it overshadows the boys' lives is self-evident. Our inability to act as adults scars our children.
A splendid story and a cautionary tale of the consequences of how we deal with our conflicts.
Jan 10, 2017
Had been my most favorite since the beginning. Loved the poem at the closing scene <3