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This review is from: We Need New Names (Kindle Edition)
Like the curate's egg this is good in parts. First half of the book is set in Africa, the second part in the USA.I thought I was going to love this book and was really looking forward to reading it but...........
Sadly it didn't quite live up to my expectations. The first half of the book set in Zimbabwe was more interesting and gave a vivid account of life and the daily struggles the native people face. Quite brutal and unsettling at times. The second half of the book takes place in the USA and is an account of the trials faced by immigrants. The book wasn't hard to read and there were a few times when Darling's thoughts resonated with my own. I found her description of her father particularly moving. Later I found myself irritated by the jarring conflict between how she felt for her country of origin as to the USA/how her relatives and friends at home felt about her leaving/the lack (in my opinion) of honesty between people who supposedly loved and cared for each other. I was also somewhat uncomfortable with her take on Kate's anorexia. The comparison with never being a famine victim I thought a bit insensitive- am I wrong on that? Possibly, I can sort of see the point but it left me thinking "hang on a minute, that's going a bit far". People should read it and it will provoke discussion but ultimately I have a feeling of disappointment.