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Warning: you will get major cake cravings from reading this,
This review is from: Baking Cakes in Kigali (Hardcover)
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'Baking Cakes In Kigali' is an absolutely delightful read. When I first came across the book, Alexander McCall's 'No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency' came to mind and they certainly share a homey, quaint atmosphere. However, set in post-genocidal Rwanda, and with the spectre of AIDs, "the sickness", always looming, the joy and the sorrow we encounter in the story contrast more sharply.
The book brims with life, its characters beautifully imagined and easy to love, each with their own quirks. Angel, the main character, is a no-nonsense, caring woman and even though in Kigali she is surrounded by the painful memories of so many other people, her own sorrows are dealt with poignantly. Humour softens the story's edge, and the author has a wonderful way with words - laugh out loud moments are guaranteed.
'Baking Cakes In Kigali' is not a fast-paced thriller but nevertheless it takes a hold of you so that you will only put the book down with the greatest reluctance. It creates a world you yearn to read more about, to immerse yourself in. I also think it will appeal to a wide range of people, with its themes of reconciliation, feminism and what Africa really means. My one criticism of the book is that I would've liked to read about the outcome of the event at the ending, although if more books about Angel and her world are to come, I won't mind waiting.
Recommended to everyone!