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Pobby and Dingan, by Ben Rice

December 28, 2013

Sweet to read a book in an afternoon. I just finished Ben Rice’s first novel, Pobby and Dingan, which tells the story of two imaginary friends who go missing. The novel is told from the point of view of a boy, unclear age, who is the brother of the girl whose friends these are. The narrator, who goes from disbeliever to the one who mounts the search and finds them dead  in an opal mine, arranges a funeral at the end that the whole town shows up for. The novel is a bit like the opals that are described, small and streaked with color and serves as a gentle reminder of what’s important in life.

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