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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843549859
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843549857
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 4.3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gaile Parkin was born and raised in Zambia, and studied at universities in South Africa and England. She has lived in many different parts of Africa, including Rwanda, where Baking Cakes in Kigali is set. She is currently a freelance consultant in the fields of education, gender and HIV/AIDS.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Z. Herbert VINE VOICE on 31 Dec 2008
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Set in Rwanda, the intriguing quality of this novel lies in its incongruity: it deals with the aftermath of genocide with a surreal serenity. There is nothing in the writing style that is tense, ugly or staccato; what shocks is how matter-of-fact the characters are about the horrors they have endured. They have all been touched intimately by war and have for the most part survived in one fashion or another.

It is this question of survival that forms the leitmotif for the whole book. The various methods people use are explored through the experiences of the protagonists. The author offers no opinion on the 'correct' way but simply suggests how such unfortunates manage to survive at all.

The main character, Angel, is well-defined and believable in her calm manner and common-sense approach to her situation. I found some of the minor characters difficult to distinguish one from another because they are sketched almost thumbnail against the backdrop of compound life and not clearly enough defined on introduction.

It is hard to comment on the plot because there is not really a definable start-middle-end. The action strolls along much like life itself, which gives the book a familiar and almost insubstantial feel.

Towards the end, I felt a tighter editing would have helped as the prose meanders a little; the outline, vague to start with, grows fuzzy as it nears the horizon.

All in all, I found this novel easy to read, enlightening and sensitively written. It addresses a very difficult subject without any pathos or hysteria and is written with a lightness of touch that is refreshing.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Tealady2000 VINE VOICE on 9 Jan 2009
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This style of this book is very much akin to the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series and Angel (the cake-maker in question) is very similar in many ways to Precious Ramotswe - wise, diplomatic, gently philosophical and traditionally built. But this story is set against a backdrop of unimaginable suffering - the Rwandan genocide and the subsequent AIDS epidemic. Each character has a different, often heart-breaking, story to tell. Ultimately though this book celebrates the endurance of the human spirit and remains humorous and up-beat. Angel's business thrives because, despite everything, people still have things to celebrate. Angel herself is a wonderful character, always ready to see the best in others and to do what she can to improve their situations. I really learned a lot from this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr Gumby TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Feb 2009
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This highly entertaining story is set six years after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Angel Tungaraza is a Tanzanian woman who moved there with her family following the genocide. She lives in an apartment block in Kigali where aid workers and Rwandans mingle, and the story is centred there. Angel is a keen baker of colourful and mouth-watering cakes which she tailors skilfully to the requirements of friends and neighbours.

But this is no lightweight tale of cosy family life. There is real substance to the fourteen sections of the novel. In each, Angel bakes a cake for a celebration full of promise but taking place in the terrible shadow of the past. She also manages to provide help to her clients without their realising it. The story is moving without being upsetting in its portrayal of women survivors who represent hope for the future.

Gaile Parkin has spent a lifetime in Africa. In Rwanda, she counselled survivors of the genocide. She does a wonderful job in this, her first novel, of conjuring up strong images of Rwanda, injecting humour as she goes. I recommend it highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Wright VINE VOICE on 5 Feb 2009
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Angel Tungaraza has set up a cake business in Rwanda, having recently moved from Tanzania with her husband Pius and her five grandchildren. She takes pride in being a professional businesswoman and ensures there is always a good cup of sweet tea for her clients. Each chapter is based upon a particular cake (e.g. an anniversary cake, a birthday cake, a wedding cake) and the story of the cake through her interactions with the people in her community.

However, it is not all tea and cakes. Although the book is written in a very matter of fact way, in the same calm and composed way the book touches on deeper themes of death, suicide, female circumcision, AIDS and the Rwandan genocide.

The character of Angel is very well developed and similar in many ways to the main character Precious in Alexander McCall Smith's "No.1 Ladies Detective Agency" series. Whilst I would recommend it to fans of the detective agency books, it is a bit more repetative and I also found that as there are many minor characters these were not so well developed. Despite those negatives it is still a great debut novel and I look forward to reading more from Gaile Parkin in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard M. Seel VINE VOICE on 24 Jun 2009
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This is definitely a book for your suitcase this summer; a delightful story of a lady baker in Rwanda. Angel Tungaraza has moved from Tanzania with her husband and family and takes her oven and cooking skills with her. Each chapter is a separate story set around Angel and the people she meets. But it's not all happy; some of the people Angel meets have large problems which she helps solve with a smile and a cake.

Angel reminds me of Mma Ramotswe of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency written by Alexander McCall Smith. She has the same sort of charm although I thought the book was not as well written as McCall Smith's series but hey, this is the first book about Angel. It was good to read references to the horrors that Rwandans experienced and the way that HIV and Aids have also helped to decimate the population. But for all that there is a joy of living, good relationships and caring for one another and I loved reading about the different cakes which she baked and iced for different people.

Yes buy it, read it and pass it on. Gaile Parkin won't get a prize for this book but there are a lot worse out that which you might be reading!
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