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This is a book that really rew on me It starts off following a Seductive Melody Capture My Heart group of children in Zimbabwe Darling Stina Chipo Bastard and Godknows seemingly innocent children living in a not so innocent environment As a child Darling and friends lived in shanty towns in Zimbabwe after Mugabe s paramilitary police bulldozed down their homes They spent their days stealinguavasgetting into mischief and daydreaming about the typical things African kids do about eating Nobody Else good food and ultimately becoming rich overseas in places such as Dubai and the USAThis story is a sort of coming of age story of Darling What complicates Darling s coming of age story is her moving to Detroit Michigan to live with her auntAs is typical among Africans and also non Africans of course an escape to the West may not be what it seems Added to thatthe struggles and sacrifices they ve had to make We hid our real namesave false ones when asked We built mountains between us and them we dug rivers we planted thorns we had paid so much to be in America and we did not want to lose it all How is life like for an African immigrant in the USA or elsewhere in the West Bulawayo shows that it s definitely not a bed of roses There are so many stressors including listening to misconceptions about one s land and cultures and having to uickly adapt to a new cultureAdding to the stress is the fact that there are so many illegal immigrants in the States who feel stressed by the threat of deportation looming over themI really liked the book s cross cultural comparisons of Africa and the USA The linguistic aspects were the most interesting to me Because we were not in our country we could not use our own languages and so when we spoke our voices came out bruised When we talked our tongues thrashed madly in our mouths staggered like drunken men Reading some of the reviews I ve noticed that some people felt disconnected from the second half of the story the part where Darling is in the States I have to be contrary and say that that was the strongest part to me it resonated with me the most Perhaps it is because I have Zimbabwean relatives and I know many African immigrants who have experienced hardships after moving to the States and elsewhere I know a lot of immigrants who experience depression mental health issues and alcoholism due to their immigration I know so many of their stories and I feel that Bulawayo captured them very well I had a spirited chat with a fan of this book She naturally stated I was behaving in a sexist manner and implied with dark tones of voice that I was probably a racist too because I don t think this is a particularly What She Really Wants for Christmas (Harlequin Blaze good book and certainly don t think it s Booker worthyRating 275 of fiveThe Publisher Says A remarkable literary debut shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize The unflinching and powerful story of a youngirl s journey out of Zimbabwe and to AmericaDarling is only ten years old and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world In Zimbabwe Darling and her friends steal Protecting Holly guavas try toet the baby out of young Chipo s belly and Unexpected Bride (The Wedding Party, grasp at memories of Before Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen before the school closed before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroadBut Darling has a chance to escape she has an aunt in America She travels to this new land in search of America s famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few NoViolet Bulawayo s debut calls to mind thereat storytellers of displacement and arrival who have come before her from Junot Diaz to Zadie Smith to JM Coetzee while she tells a vivid raw story all her ownMy Review OkaySomeone please I implore you please sit down in front of me where I can see your lips and hear your words and in short simple declarative sentences please please oh please explain to me how the Booker people could NOT shortlist TransAtlantic an amazing novel by an amazing writer but CAN shortlist a novel with this in itI don t like Introducing Archaeology, Second Edition going to church because I don t really see why I have to sit in the hot sun on that mountain and listen to boring songs and meaningless prayers and strange verses when I could be doing important things with my friends Plus last time I went that crazy Prophet Revelations Bitchington Mborro shook me and shook me until I vomited pink things I thought I wasoing to die a real death Prophet Revelations Bitchington Mborro was trying to The Best Man (Alpha Men, get the spirit inside me out they say I am possessed because they say myrandfather isn t properly buried because the white people killed him during the war for feeding and hiding the terrorists who were trying to Poetry Man get our country back because the white people had stolen itGosh never heard that before Never thought of telling a story about an African country s poverty from the PoV of a child before Why no it s just Absolutely brilliant This book is sizzling with life Totally underrated The easiest five stars I veiven to a book this year NoViolet Bulawayo s novel We Need New Names is an extension of her Caine prize winning short story Hitting Budapest about a irl coming of age in Zimbabwe and the United States of America and boy am I happy that his literature prize exists and that it enabled her to work some magic on her brilliant short story This right he I don t think I ve ever rated a book based mostly on its second last chapter but I think that s what I did here For the majority of this book I thought it was an average read The first part with the child narrator in Zimbabwe was ok but so scattered and not overly interesting how many times can the kids steal uavas eat uavas et constipa Darling is a dispossessed soul in conflict with everything she ever knew She Dead Taboo grew up in Buluwayo Zimbabwe but never really names the country or its leader until in her acknowledgement at the end of the book In truly picturesue prose Darling shares her memories of violence pseudo religious events headed by Prophet Revelations Bitchington Mborro on the mountain and numerous incidences of hunger and the joy of their childhoodames like Catching Osama Ben Ladin Country Mischief 24/7 (Sunshine Girls, game and Vasco Da Gama Cultural practices are embedded in her psyche since birth when a child s umbilical cord is buried in theround to ensure the new baby s covenant with the soil and the forefathers Blessings are spread with the ritual pouring of tobacco and beer on the The Subtle Beauty ground Their shanty town after their affluent home was destroyed in the suburbs was called Paradise and theroup of childhood friends constantly went back to an affluent suburb called Budapest to steel Having Tanner Bravos Baby (Bravo Family, guavas It was often their only way ofetting something to eat for days on end Her childhood friends and family have endearing names such as Godknows Chipo Stina Sbho Notroubles Bastardhis little sister Fraction Mother of Bones and MessengerExpressions such An exciting literary debut the unflinching and powerful story of a young When Da Silva Breaks the Rules (Blood Brothers, girl's journey out of Zimbabwe and to AmericaDarling is only ten years old and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world In Zimbabwe Darling and her friends stealuavas try to et the baby out of young Chip.
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Together into lengthy sentences fraught with imagery but she has a compelling and uniue voice of her own nonetheless I will surely look out for her other works in the futureA 35 stars that could not be rounded off to a 4 A few years ago I was listening to one of those From our Own Correspondent programmes on the BBC A female journalist was on an assignment in Mali and had ot herself completely lost She drove up to this village the middle of nowhere and a whole crowd of teenagers spotted her and came crowding around She noticed with a jolt that they all had Osama Bin Laden t shirts on With a sinking feeling she figured that she might be in some serious trouble They demanded to know who she was She told them she was from the BBC BBC BBC they all started Hard to say what drew me to this book the author s name is just awesome The cover is eye catching The reviews have been stellar Also I ve long been interested in the painful history of Zimbabwe once British colonial Rhodesia since I tried to figure out how to teach this hugely complex subject and do it justice in my middle school social studies classroom I can t say that I ever really succeeded Bulawayo writes a searingly beautiful story a fictionalized memoir about a young 45 stars rounded up I had read mixed reviews of this novel with comments focussing on it being disjointed or running through a ticklist of African problems to sueeze in them all Some have taken issues with the first half of the book some with the second half It is the story of Darling she is born in Zimbabwe and in the first part of the book she is ten years old Darling and her Fifty Ways To Be Your Lover gang of friends Chipo Godknows Bastard Stina and Sbho do pretty much what children left to their own devices will do in terms ofames adventures and etting into trouble They live in a shanty town called Paradise and each day has its own particular adventures They often venture into the wealthy white area to steal uava and enjoy a transient sense of importance They all dream of a different life some at home and some in other places like the US The second half of the book follows Darling as she moves to live with her aunt in Detroit Michigan or Destroyedmichygen as she calls it We follow her as she Wyoming Strong (Wyoming Men, grows up and moves on to adolescent adventures It has taken me a while to pin down what I think of the novel The writing is unusual and idiosyncratic English is not Bulawayo s first language This I think means she takes some liberties with the language and takes it to some different places This is refreshing The novel describes difficult experiences but there is an honesty and humour about it which carries it along The chapters take snapshots of events which has led to accusations of disjointedness I didn t find this a problem and for me the book flowed well and was easy to read There were little niggles but not the major problems I was expecting form some of the reviews Bulawayo describes very well Darling srowing sense of disillusion and alienation as a migrant in America There is a brilliant chapter towards the end of the book entitled How they lived which describes the migrant experience in a heartfelt and angry way which really hits home I have seen reviews which describe the novel as nihilistic I really don t Arabian Nights get that at all It describes poverty and alienation It moves from Zimbabwe where conditions were difficult and there wasreat poverty but Darling and her friends seemed full of life and often joy to the US where there is much reater material wealth but it is not home Home is an important concept as Bulawayo explains There are three homes inside Mother s and Aunt Fostalina s heads home before independence before I was born when black people and white people were fighting over the country Home after independence when black people won the country And then the home of things falling apart which made Aunt Fostalina leave and come here Home one home two and home three There are four homes inside Mother of Bones head home before the white people came to steal the country and a king ruled home when the white people came to steal the country and then there was war home when black people ot our stolen country back after independence and then the home of now Home one home two home three home four When somebody talks about home you have to listen carefully so you know exactly which one the person is referring to If you want to read a interesting and balanced review than those you will find in the western literary press read the one by Nkiacha Atemnkeng I have attempted a link here book portrays through the eyes of a childadolescent the effects of Imperialism and colonialism and highlights the difficulties of the migrant experience It is also a simple humanfamily story of how life Wild Nights with Her Wicked Boss goes on in the face of different types of adversity and oppression I found it refreshing and thought provoking You may love a book and hate it at the same time I did for this one Why love Too many reasons African Man Booker tagging at it youngish writer and a powerful and uniue style that is not too easy to forget Why hate Because because why cram in a million things into a single book At some point I felt like I was reading a reportage of Zimbabwe and the American immigrant experience all rolled into a tight clever linkage to the main character incidents and misadventures So that the issues stood so out so much you d feel that they sort of mattered than the storyWell that s a longer paragraph than the love one but love outweighs the dislike These kind of books are rare trust me That though they have a singular inherent weakness the artistry of the story s delivery is enough to overlook itIt is divided into two the story The first part is of Darling and her friends back in Zimbabwe cravinguavas and running out to steal them Through the eyes of Darling we see not only the pain of those close to her but the collective pain of a nation that has been brought to its knees Its best citizens are running out of the country and poverty and corruption eats away at the rest Every one wishes to step out all in droves are running to find a better world The bridge between the first part and the second is a powerful two page statement of this exodusAn exodus into other nations where these immigrants desperately seek a life an identity a belonging but are met by some cold facts For Darling its America where she Midsummer Night (Lady Julia Grey, goes to be with her auntie to find an education But the struggle has only just began America is nothing like the life she thought she would have nothing like the dreams of owning her dream car and being a millionaire It is a cold place where she has to find only some semblance of comfort in her fellow immigrants And her struggle to make sense of thingsThis is a readable book that has been well realized with characters one is not likely to forget so soo. S famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few NoViolet Bulawayo's debut calls to mind thereat storytellers of displacement and arrival who have come before her from Junot Diaz to Zadie Smith to JM Coetzee while she tells a vivid raw story all her
S I m not talking to you chapped buttocks and I don t need any kaka school to make money you Always You goat teeth and I really think flat face peeping buttocks Godknows is only saying it to please ugly face Bastard and Hey cabbage ears what are you bathing for ensure that the journey through this book becomes a warm colorful one despite the dark sad undertonesWith her Aunt Fostelina living in America married to a Ganaian Darlingets a chance to escape to a better life although she is an illegal immigrant Her experience of a United Nations of people around her in the USA is shared with wonder and nostalgia She is a member of the Wild at Heart (Sons of Chance, generation being born after the colonialist came to steal their country after the fall of colonialism and now the brutal regime of Robert Mugabe People are murdered including naturally born white Zimbabweans the school system collapse and all services crash down with the Chinese moving in to reap the benefits of a destroyed nation in dire poverty and despair The country s leader has been widely accused of ethnic cleansing orchestrating political violence and serial cheating at the pollsMillions of the inhabitants are fleeing in all wind directions to escape their ownovernment troups How They LeftLook at the children of the land leaving in droves leaving their own land with bleeding wounds on their bodies and shock on their faces and blood in their hearts and hunger in their stomachs and Lucy Carmichael grief in their footsteps Leaving their mothers and fathers and children behind leaving their umbilical cords underneath the soil leaving the bones of their ancestors in the earth leaving everything that makes them who and what they are leaving because it is no longer possible to stay They will never be the same again because you just cannot be the same once you leave behind who and what you are you just cannot be the same Look at them leaving in droves despite knowing they will be welcomed with restraint in those strange lands because they do not belong knowing they will have to sit on one buttock because they must not sit comfortably lest they be asked to rise and leave knowing they will speak in dampened whispers because they must not let their voices drown those of the owners of the land knowing they will have to walk on their toes because they must not leave footprints on the new earth In America sheoes to school and does very well But due to the high tuition fees slapped on foreign students she struggles to et a ood education and works illegally to make ends meet She feels enslaved in a system that might throw her out at any moment Her soul remains in transition forever since she floats between two worlds which took away her freedom of choice In Zimbabwe she has no future neither in America with her illegal status No prosperity awaits her which ever choice she makes After thirteen years she feels disconnected from her old as well as new worldMY COMMENTSIt is an insightful read and an eye opening journey through the true suffering of immigrants I recommend this read to anybody who would like to experience the true feelings and thoughts of people in flightONE LITTLE GRIPE The reading was very confusing since dialogue mixed in with the rest of the text without any warning It made it very difficult to distinguish between conversations and narrative The method in this madness passed me by At first it worked since a nine year old One-Click Buy girl shared her memories but then she becomes arown up and by the time this tale is told she is already on her way to college yet the confusion remained in the textHowever the underlying sadness of the loss of identity and constant feelings of longing of a displaced person spoke to me The author captures the perpetual mourning of all first Redeeming Claire generation immigrants very well The detailed descriptions of Darling s environment were excellent I amlad I read this book about a young Return to Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles girl who had one leg in her motherland whichave her story swag and soul and her other leg in America who Fractured Memory gave her the opportunity to tell her story Her journeyave her hope and strength of character NoViolet Buluwayo is the pseudonym of Elizabeth Tshele who changed her name to honor her mother and her home city No Violet means With Violet in NdebeleThe title reflects on her change of perception about her country her new destiny and the changes it all brought in her life A new name calls for new beginnings and to leave the past behind however difficult it seems to be Her Case for Seduction (The Hamiltons: Laws of Love generation was born free and cannot blame the devastation on the past but want to address the problems that was created in their own life times The implication is that hereneration wants to Make-Believe Family get rid of a leader who ruled for too long and destroyed everythingIt was aood read indeed I loved this book EDIT 10092013 Oh boy This has been included in the shortlist despite my misgivings to the contrary Heartiest congratulations to NoViolet Bulawayo Books like this one have me fumbling around for the right approach to review them because they try to cram in too much within the scope of a regular sized novel and conseuently just stop short of resonating strongly with the reader It s like Bulawayo had a message to Major Attraction (Harlequin Blaze give me something potent and fiercely honest enough to burn right through all my prejudices and cherished misconceptions and leave me staring right at all the cold hard facts But then halfway into it her voice went off in various tangential directions in an effort to tackle too many issues at oneo and lost most of its intensity As a result the message that she had set out to deliver Carlos and Diego (Story World) gave off the impression of poor phrasing and ended up sounding half hearted and rather dubiousIf I try my absolute best I can only delineate this as a search for identity a raw account of coming to terms with the after effects of displacement Or an attempt at summarizing in a few hundred pages the feelings of being neither here nor there But then Bulawayo let me know so much She told me about the experiences of surviving on a few stolenuavas walking barefoot on the burning asphalt of the dusty road and yet enjoying the smug satisfaction of playing Find Bin Laden with eually destitute and miserable kids of your age And what it feels like to flee from and forget the tattered remains of a land you were born in simply because it could not offer you the promise of a fulfilling life ahead any a land torn apart by strife ethnic violence and unstable unsympathetic More to Love governments The irony of silently selling away your dignity in a foreign country in exchange for a life better than what your own motherland could afford to bestow upon you The feeling of being swept up in the vortex of too many rapidly occurring changes as an illegal immigrant and the utter hopelessness of never really belonging anywhere Bulawayo may not be capable of subtlety or stringing beautiful words. O's belly andrasp at memories of Before Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen before the school closed before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroadBut Darling has a chance to escape she has an aunt in America She travels to this new land in search of America'.
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We Need New Names 2013 was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize making her the first African female writer to earn this distinction She has begun work on a memoir project