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The Angel of Mexico City [Kindle Edition]

Aminatta Forna , Worldreader
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Book Description

Set in the streets of Mexico City: the story of a boy, a runaway angel and a stray dog.

Malaika is an angel. Well, he’s an angel-in-training to be exact. The only trouble is that jobs for angels are growing scarce, so the new intake spend their time taking classes in astronomy, flight and minor miracles. One day Malaika finds a hole in the clouds and for the first time in his life he sees the Earth. The Earth is beautiful, but the cities seemed vast and forgettable, until something catches Malaika’s eye amid the streetlights and apartment buildings: a young boy feeding a homeless dog.

Aminatta Forna’s The Angel of Mexico City is the story of a young boy facing loss, lies and the perils of growing up in the bustling capital of Mexico. When Ben’s policeman father dies, Ben’s mother stops singing and hardly ever smiles. It’s up to Ben to take care of them both. To make matters worse the bullies at school have begun to pick on him. Now, more than ever, Ben needs help. Will Malaika find a way to reach Ben from beyond the clouds? Do you believe in guardian angels?

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All proceeds from the sale of this book go to benefit Worldreader and the Rogbonko Village School Trust, a series of initiatives that works to create an escape route from poverty through education, infrastructure and health.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 389 KB
  • Print Length: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Worldreader (2 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JG1SS58
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #472,707 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Aminatta Forna was born in Scotland and raised in West Africa and the UK. Her most recent novel The Hired Man is a tale of love, loss, betrayal and war in Croatia. Her previous novel The Memory of Love (April 2010), was winner of the 2011 Commonwealth Writers Prize Best Book Award, shortlisted for the Orange Prize 201, the IMPAC 2012 and the 2011 Warwick Prize.

Aminatta's first book The Devil that Danced on the Water, a memoir of her dissident father and of Sierra Leone, was runner-up for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2003 and BBC Book of the Week. Her novel Ancestor Stones was winner of the 2008 Hurston Wright Legacy Award, the Liberaturpreis in Germany, was nominated for the International IMPAC Award and selected by the Washington Post as one of the most important books of 2006.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A 'Heaven and Earth' story! 4 April 2014
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I will endeavour not to dwell too much on the actual story in this book or the reader would have been robbed of an exhilarating experience. If you did not know it already, the inspiration for this book arose from an endearing report of how a dog rescued another dog from amidst speeding cars in traffic driven by inconsiderate drivers who would not stop even then. So the book oscillates between the activities of angels and others above and people on earth and their dogs, thousands of them in the end. So the main character on earth, Ben, is seen through angelic eyes mainly Malakai's. Aminatta, lost her father at an early age, and has no doubt spent her whole life thinking in terms of Heaven and what those folk get up to. Indeed, in the book we are told 'Ben's father had died, and he missed him.' The author is able to employ modern and topical ideas so that there are fewer guardian Angels these days because of the cut backs (in Heaven!), and Angels hardly ever go to earth now as the Earth people are left to work things out for themselves. There is less and less call for miracles but the twist is that the author develops a doggie miracle at the end of the story better than any traditional 'car chase.' We are introduced to certain concepts such as the body at birth is nought years but the soul could be many years old dating from eternity, also there is a huge difference between the rate at which time passes in Heaven and Earth reminiscent of the Biblical acknowledgement that "a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Angel of Mexico | Aminatta Forna 6 April 2014
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If I had Oprah-sized dollars, I’ll adapt Aminatta Forna's "The Angel of Mexico" into an animated film. It'd star Salma Hayek, Raymond Ochoa with his brother Ryan, Anni Domingo, Michio Kaku, Meredith Brocklebank, and a reincarnated Jules Verne.

I’d ask Mario Van Peebles to produce with the voices of Eva Longoria, George Lopez , Hakeem Kae-Kazim , Menzi Ngubane, John Dumelo. And Simon Singh. Forna's "celestial light" blew me away!
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