Another Thumb-up for Jerry S.! I never know that there's used to be a "profession" like the Wringer in this world.
Wringer is a story about teen bullying, peer pressure, and human-animal relationship.
There was a town called Waymer. The citizens hated pigeons and celebrated a festival named Pigeon Day during which they had a competition shooting pigeons. Sometimes the pigeons were not dead right after they were shot at, so 10-year-old wringer boys wrung the wounded pigeons’ neck to end their lives.
When Palmer turned nine, he was accepted by the bullies at school to be one of their gang. He had a nickname called Snots, of which he was very proud at first. They enjoyed teasing Palmer’s neighbor Dorothy. After a few times, Palmer didn’t find this very interesting. He knew that he was only bullying for the sake of getting into the social circle. The real part of Palmer wanted to be Dorothy’s friend.
His friends didn’t like pigeons. All of them couldn’t wait to be ten to become wringers. However when a stray pigeon showed up by Palmer’s window, the human-bird bond started. Palmer secretly kept him as his pet and named him Nipper. He also started to feel the pressure as he was afraid of disclosing this secret to his friends. With the help of Dorothy, Palmer tried to set the bird free, but unfortunately Nipper was shot by the festival hunters.
I found this book a little terrifying. Tradition of shooting pigeons for fun, and wringing pigeons’ neck scared me most. I thought the Waymer people were going to correct and cancel the Pigeon Day at last, but they didn’t. The tradition just went on, which I have not expected. As an animal lover, I am furious and sad to know this part.
Despite these facts, I still find this book gripping. Although having such voilent people, the story carries some deep and thoughtful meanings. It tells us not to blindly follow others’ ways before thinking if the action is good or not. We should also be brave to stand against bullies, or else we will not find our real self and will be always unhappy like Palmer was.
I am also glad that bullying seldom happens in my school....Continua