I wouldn’t have chosen this book based on its subject matter alone: the story of an unlikely friendship between Teza (a Burmese political prisoner) and Little Brother (a 12-year-old orphan who’s grown up within the prison). It just sounds too grim. But I read a review that compelled me to read this wonderful novel. I’m happy that I read it, and hope I can nudge others to read it too. The writing is beautiful and vivid, especially the passages about Buddhism. The viewpoint effectively and refreshingly shifts. The prison’s relationships and power structure are fascinating and believable. All that makes The Lizard Cage a wonderful book.
Gwenamon says: Incredibly worthwhile