Book Review: I, Charles, from the Camps by Joel D. Hirst

New review of my 4th novel “I, Charles” — “if you like good books; no, not the formula best-sellers that you can read in a sitting or two, but the real books that you like to read in leisure, the books that make you think about the grim realities of life somewhere far away in other land, the books that fill your thirst for reading, this is the book for you.”


Genre: Literature & fiction, war, coming of age

Length: 222 Pages

Publishing Date: April 21, 2018

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From the Blurb:

Charles Agwok never asked to come into the world as a poor black African on the most terrible of continents. It seems especially unfair to him that it is a matter of chance whether he will sleep in a bed, find a job, marry, or die of hunger and disease. Yet although he never asked for his fate, now he must somehow find a way to survive it.

As he embarks on a coming-of-age journey to find meaning within a world that only recognizes violence, Charles does his best to endure the horrifying conditions that he and the other displaced people of Odek must face every day in the sprawling camps of northern Uganda. When a…

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About Joel D. Hirst

Joel D. Hirst is a novelist and a playwright. His most recently released work is "Dreams of the Defeated: A Play in Two Acts" about a political prisoner in a dystopian regime. His novels include "I, Charles, From the Camps" about the life of a young man in the African camps and "Lords of Misrule" about the making and unmaking of a jihadist in the Sahara. "The Lieutenant of San Porfirio" and its sequel "The Burning of San Porfirio" are about the rise and fall of socialist Venezuela (with magic).
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