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Great writing and a nice story, but short on action
on 24 April 2010
This story about three African men living in Washington DC is extremely well written, but the title is a little misleading. The three friends, who met while working in the same hotel, might have escaped from revolutions back in their respective home countries (Ethiopia, Kenya and Zaire) but now that they are in Washington they live quiet lives in a run-down neighborhood, struggling to earn a living with varying degrees of success.
Narrated by Stephanos, son of an Ethiopian aristocrat who was killed by the thugs that took over his country, this is a gentle tale of displacement, friendship, longing for the old country and lost family. Not a great deal happens, but the quality of the writing makes it very readable. I wavered between three and four stars.