Dance of the Banished

Dance of the Banished

Book - 2014
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Ali, an Alevi Kurd who has immigrated to Canada, is sent to an internment camp in northern Ontario as an enemy alien during World War I, while his fiancâee, Zeynep, back in Anatolia, tries to protect her Armenian neighbors from massacre.

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A teenager leaves his fiancée behind in their Anatolian village to make a new life in Canada for them both. But when WWI breaks out, he is sent to an internment camp while his betrothed struggles to survive and find a way to join him.
Ali and his fiancée Zeynep dream about leaving their home in Anatolia and building a new life together in Canada. But their homeland is controlled by the Turkish government, which is on the brink of war with Britain and Russia. And although Ali finds passage to Canada to work, he is forced to leave Zeynep behind until he can earn enough to bring her out to join him.When the First World War breaks out and Canada joins Britain, Ali is declared an enemy alien. Unable to convince his captors that he is a refugee from an oppressive regime, he is thrown in an internment camp where he must count himself lucky to have a roof over his head and food to eat.Meanwhile, Zeynep is a horrified witness to the suffering of her Christian Armenian neighbours under the Young Turk revolutionary forces. Caught in a country that is destroying its own people, she is determined to save a precious few. But if her plan succeeds, will Zeynep still find a way to cross the ocean to search out Ali? And if she does, will he still be waiting for her?

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Pajama Press Inc., 2014
ISBN: 9781927485651
Branch Call Number: Fiction Skrypuch TEEN
Characteristics: pages cm


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Vero_biblio Jun 27, 2017

I have learned so much by reading this book, both about the Armenian genocide of 1.5 million people in Turkey during the First World War (which is still officially being denied by the Turkish government), and about internment camps in our own country of Canada during that same war. The young couple in this book both endure hardship while being separated and dreaming of a new life in Canada. Very moving and also shocking.

andiejpg Aug 08, 2015

What a great history lesson for all young Canadians. A well crafted story.


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