‘I AM DAVID’ was first published in 1963 and was originally titled ‘North to Freedom‘. It tells the story of a young boy who escapes from a concentration camp in Bulgaria and then begins a slow and difficult journey to his home in Denmark. Although it has been 10 years or more since I first read it, the book has always stuck in my mind.
Immediately after escaping David does not seem to have the strength or the motivation to continue. Meeting some colourful characters in Italy and seeing the breathtaking landscapes makes David want to survive again. With a new lease of energy he heads off on the second leg of his trip and by the time he walks into his mother’s house in Denmark he is so exhausted that all he is able to say is ‘I am David, I am David’. Great read!