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21 February 2014
This is described as a novel; I could just about see the point of it if it had been a factual account. The first half of the book rambled along with no clear focus, apart from the comic book caricature missionary, although there were some fascinating details of life in a 60's Congo village. However, as the book moved forward in time, during turbulent political unrest, there was no attempt to create any feeling of suspense or danger, although in fairness, one character bobbed in and out of prison a time or two. And gradually the story just fizzled out, as the characters grew older.
The style of telling the story in the words of a mother and her 4 daughters worked reasonable well, and the 60's naivety came across very well. However I wouldn't have bothered to finish this book, but it was on the Book Club reading list.