A short story:America is rocked by another high school shooting. Something must be done and the solution is simple. When evil people have guns, the only way to protect the vulnerable, is to arm the good guys. After all, God made men but Samuel Colt made them equal.Sam Bailey is only twelve years old when he arrives in the USA from a sleepy village on the east coast of EnglA short story:America is rocked by another high school shooting. Something must be done and the solution is simple. When evil people have guns, the only way to protect the vulnerable, is to arm the good guys. After all, God made men but Samuel Colt made them equal.Sam Bailey is only twelve years old when he arrives in the USA from a sleepy village on the east coast of England. He has already experienced at first hand how violence can tear a family apart, but nothing can prepare him for life in the loudest, brashest and most confident country in the world.When the latest massacre occurs only a hundred miles away, the question everyone is asking is: could this happen at Sam's school?."Before you make your mind up about how children should be kept safe at school, read Something Must Be Done, it will make you think again."This is a short story. At around eight thousand words it is around one tenth the length of a full novel....
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something must be done Reviews
Matt Carrell is best known for his writings about Thailand, especially his novel 'Thai Kiss'.With this short story he dips his pen into the emotional maelstrom of school massacres and US gun laws. Without wishing to stray into spoiler territory, Mr Carrell surveys this hot topic from the perspective of a UK-born schoolboy who finds himself being educated in the United States. The writing is not preachy or didactic - it is a realistic account of family tragedy and of growing up, isolated in a foreign culture. The author may not have any easy answers to the problem of what exactly 'needs to be done', but he does an excellent job of keeping the spotlight on a problem that is not likely to go away any time soon.A rewarding quick read.
The story is well written. The author has provided a fictional account of a high school shooting. The author doesn’t give any solutions here but brings about the importance of the need to get ‘Something done’. But as he says a quick fix will not solve any problem but may end up adding to it instead. Also the big question is, those who resort to such shootings – are they criminals or people who require medical attention. Something must definitely be done but after giving much thought to it and not in haste.
Excellent, while disturbing. I applaud the author's comment that he has no quick fixes, but he did a great job of drawing attention to the problem. You can only fix a problem if you realize there is a problem - and that's the problem, most don't see a problem.Read this is you are prepared to think. If your mind is closed, there is no point in spending the time on it - you are part of the problem.
I'm a big fan of the author's Thai books - this was something of a departure. It's only a short story but it doesn't feel like it - it covers so much ground. If I have one reservation about this - it's that the author actually had enough material here for a novel. Highly recommended.
Really good book about gun violence and bullies.
SOMETHING MUST BE DONE is a well written short story. Sam is young boy who witnesses the overdue demise of his parents' relationship. His father's job as a deliveryman keeps him away from his family, and Sam watches as his mother makes light of her marriage vows. When his family finally unravels, Sam moves to the United States with his mom. The United States is a different culture for the family, and Sam has a hard time adjusting. The quiet schoolboy finds some differences in the language and that not every American loves an English accent. School violence, particularly school shootings, is the focus of the novel, and the title says it all. "God made men, but Samuel Colt made them equal" is the quote that gun advocates promote. But is this always the way? The author does an excellent job of bringing this tragedy to light. This story is enjoyable and can be read quickly. It presents a problem that our society needs to fix now. I applaud the author for bringing this to light.