Note: I just added Part 5 of the Thieves documentary.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is one of those stories that warms its way into your brain, makes itself comfortable, and purrs softly for decades.
A brief synposis: When dishonest sea traders kill the men of the island tribe to which young Karana belongs, her tribe is forced to sail for the mainland or die from starvation. The day to leave comes and all the natives climb aboard the ship during the midst of a terrible storm. As they are sailing away Karana looks back and, with a great shock, sees that they accidentally left her little brother on the beach. Because of the storm the ship cannot return, and so, against the protests of her family, Karana leaps into the sea and swims to her brother to stay with him. Believing that everything will still be alright, she begins to set up a new life for herself in which she will take care of her brother, but it is not to be. A few days later, a pack of wild dogs—emboldened at seeing the adults gone—attack and kill her brother, leaving her all alone on the island.
Now on her own, Karana embarks on an inward-journey of self-discovery and survival that may last the rest of her life.
One thing I love so much about stories is how we can follow a heroine through trials which only she, and she alone, can face. Yet, in her heart she conquers the things that each of us must face on our own, too.
This is Karana’s story. I was touched by her search for a sense of inner-security, of self-worth, trust, and, eventually, a desire to share her love with others.