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4.0 out of 5 stars Not so much a novel..., 22 Jan 2014
This review is from: We Need New Names (Kindle Edition)
I enjoyed and appreciated this book for its convincing portrayal of the world through African children's eyes, and what it had to say about the experience of immigrants in the US. The prior fall from grace of Darling's family in (although never stated) Zimbabwe is not explained; it may not need explanation to anyone knowing that country, but it did for me. The cultural divide was brought home by the description of how, when addressed by a white adult in terms not normally addressed to an African child, the child would simply not respond at all. There is a polemical chapter 'dropped in' halfway through concerning the plight of illegal immigrants and the relative treatment of old people between Zimbabwean and US societies, which was eye-watering in its justified moral indignation. I'm not sure this is really a novel, more a vehicle for the author's thoughts, but that does not invalidate it as a book worth reading.
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