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IT MEAN TO BE AMERICAN TO mean to be American To African Where does Darling belong and what is her country The book offers no easy answers That would be impossible But with immigration a hotter political topic than ever We Need New Names offers s a wonderful intensely personal perspective on what it means to be an immigrant in modern America Highly recommended for high school and above and the scene which gives the book its title wow So poignant I can t do justice describing it so I won t try But you ll see when you read it 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 got herself completely lost She drove The Executives Vengeful Seduction (Australian Millionaires, 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 yelling and cheering We love America America BBC This illustr 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 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 one go and lost most of its intensity As a result the message that she had set out to deliver gave off the impression of poor phrasing and endedp 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 stolen guavas 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 nstable nsympathetic 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 pon you The feeling of being swept p in the vortex of too many rapidly occurring changes "As An Illegal Immigrant And The Utter Hopelessness Of Never "an illegal immigrant and the tter hopelessness of never belonging anywhere Bulawayo may not be capable of subtlety or stringing beautiful words together into lengthy sentences fraught with imagery but she has a compelling and niue 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 Am of the paradises of America Dubai Europe where Madonna and Barack Obama and David Beckham live For Darling that dream will come true But like the thousands of people all over the world trying to forge new lives far from home Darling finds this new paradise brings its own set of challenges – for her and also for those she's left behind. ,
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I For Thisdid this Why love Too many reasons African Man Booker tagging at it youngish writer and a powerful and niue 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 "mattered than the storyWell that s a longer paragraph 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 craving guavas 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 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 soon 45 stars rounded p 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 gang of friends Chipo Godknows Bastard Stina and Sbho do pretty much what children left to their own devices will do in terms of games adventures and getting 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 guava 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 grows True Colours (Somerset, up and moves on to adolescent adventures It has taken me a while to pin down what I think of the novel The writing isnusual 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. Then we are rushing then we are running then we are running and laughing and laughing and laughing ‘To play the country game we have to choose a country Everybody wants to be the USA and Britain and Canada and Australia and Switzerland and them Nobody wants to be rags of countries like Congo like Somalia like Ira like Sudan like Haiti an. 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 s growing 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 get that at all It describes poverty and alienation It moves from Zimbabwe where conditions were difficult and there was great poverty but Darling and her friends seemed full of life and often joy to the US where there is much greater 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 got 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 goes on in the face of different types of adversity and oppression I found it refreshing and thought provoking 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 girl Darling growing The Year of the Beast up in a Zimbabwean shantytown called Paradise The words Zimbabwe and Mugabe never appear in the book which somehow makes the sense of place and the menace of the president all the real Bulawayo is brilliant at showings Zimbabwe through the eyes of ten year old Darling and her friends Even "the most horrifying and heart wrenching scenes are leavened by the children s incredulity defiant mischievousness "most horrifying and heart wrenching scenes are leavened by the children s incredulity defiant mischievousness bursts of humor The language is simply beautiful fresh genuine evocative Most impressively Bulawayo keeps the narrative just as compelling when
sort of a spoiler but not really darlingof a spoiler but not really Darling to America halfway through the book This would be a natural place for a book to lose steam changing settings after such a vivid first half but Darling s story remains riveting and we see America afr. D not even this one we live in – who wants to be a terrible place of hunger and things falling apart'Darling and her friends live in a shanty called Paradise which of course is no such thing It isn't all bad though There's mischief and adventure games of Find bin Laden stealing guavas singing Lady Gaga at the tops of their voicesThey dre.