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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184876684X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848766846
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karen "Night Light" on 12 Nov 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
What a provocative, compelling read.

As I read, I was standing with Jayne on the Kikuyu grass - remembering the times when we used to try and catch the flying ants as the pungent smell of first rains of the season come in - that first wind / that thought - did I take the television plug out so the lightening doesn't blow up the telly!!
The red mud / the heat / the smell of the blossom of the Mazoe Valley on our way home for exit weekend /milkshakes at Avondale / the men / the shame / the hope / the despair /

Took me back to the first time I was spat at / being white but African / the anger / the naivety / would I ever be reconciled to my british roots
Hearing the outcome of the game of roulette which involved guns and dice at the monomatapa hotel

The smell of the hospital (Andrew Fleming it was at the time) when we went to identify our family after the bodies were brought back to Harare post 3rd September 1978

Memories of the tennis tournaments that friends organised (they were wonderful!) Bindura country club and Kimberly Reef Hotel

Ruddy, hard working farmers, miners finally bowing their knees to and giving their pain and anguish to Jesus -

The hope of reconciliation and freedom against a backdrop of pain, betrayal,conflict

This book gives that defining period of history in this young African country much context.
Well done EJ
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte O on 15 April 2012
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The descriptive power of this book that evoked long-dormant memories from my own Zimbabwean childhood unnerved me. The gripping story; woven with such beautiful imagery, perfectly capturing the essence of the beautiful land ravaged by war; stirred me very personally. I delighted in the narrative and revelled in the sensuous command of the description. Thank you for this wonderful book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Saroo on 2 Nov 2012
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This book is a fascinating depiction of life as it was in Rhodesia. Personally, I had no real idea of the war that was going on or how the farmers and native people experienced this, which you soon realise, they both experienced it in very different ways for very different reasons.

It was riveting from very early on, with some parts almost heart stopping and others quite humorous. I loved the diversity of characters, which captured the different personas of the people who were there- and represent clearly the role that firstly the older generations, and secondly the new, (liberal) generations had to play with life in Rhodesia.

The use of native language gives the book real flavour, and brings familiarity to the characters and represents their African influence.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and I feel it is essential that people read it in order to understand the history and time of great transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe as we know it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PJB on 5 Sep 2011
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I loved this book! A touching story told from the perspective of a young girl whose idyllic lifestyle in the post-colonial Rhodesia is turned upside down during the terrorist war in the 70's when her family is forced to move from their farm into the safety of town. Sensitively written, I particularly liked the way the author managed to get the story across from the perspective of both sides, without judging, simply leaving the reader to conclude that there are never any real winners in a war.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Hopkins on 31 Oct 2012
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I have just finished After the Rains - or - more accurately, I have just finished eavesdropping on Jayne's childhood... What a great book... Not the heart thumping-dry mouthed-can't-put-it-down-for-a-second kind of book, but to just wander around in a time long gone, and often wistfully remembered, this was marvelous!
I loved Barroso's unashamed use of the vernacular with which we all grew up - I found myself slowing down, and actually sounding out sentences in my head, and then laughing at them, because they were just so real. And then the sadness and the emptiness that engulfed Jayne during the Kariba trip plucked at my heart, and dragged back memories and feelings that may have been hiding too long.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SheWi on 25 Oct 2012
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When I finally got round to reading it, I could not put it down! Well done Emily Barroso, it is making its rounds in my little corner of South Africa. I believe that it tells many truths about the ugliness of racial divide. I thoroughly appreciated the humour that was mixed into tension throughout the book.I have many vivid mental images of scenes in the book as a result of the author's expert use of language.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By anna andreocci on 25 Oct 2012
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this book was one of the best i read this year.....i could not put it down! when i got to the end i came back to reality with a bump because emily barroso transported me into her life, into the book......i lived the story with her right to the last sentence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jo Wardle on 3 Nov 2012
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This book (After the Rains) is a must. I loved every minute. Found I had to keep putting it down, to reflect, to catch up with myself, a it uncovered so many many memories, some good, some bad, some fearful, and some I know I will never find again. It is on my must list, to read again for the thid time.
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