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A Cowrie of Hope
by Binwell Sinyangwe | Literature & Fiction
Registered by Torgin of Mülheim an der Ruhr, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on 3/23/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by Torgin from Mülheim an der Ruhr, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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From the back: "These were the nineties," reflects the narrator of A Cowrie of Hope, and for the young widow Nasula they are years of relentless economic hardship and privation. She dreams of a better life for her beautiful daughter, Sula, free from poverty and independence of marriage. But when Nasula finds herself unable to pay for Sula's education, her hopes seem to have been extinguished – until a friend advises her to go to Lusaka and sell her last sack of highly sought-after Mbala beans. Nasula makes the journey, but in the city she finds herself exposend to new, and predatory, dangers.
In A Cowrie of Hope Binwell Sinyangwe captures the rhythms of a people whose poverty hast not diminished their dignity, where hope can only be accompanied by small acts of courage, and where friendship has not lost its value. 


Journal Entry 2 by Torgin at Mülheim an der Ruhr, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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It's a quite ordinary story from the Nineties, not only in Zambia. Sinyangwe shows how fruitless the poor folks' efforts are if they can't rely on a network of relatives for financial help. It's understandable that Nasulus thoughts center on the question where and how to find the money to send her daughter back to school, but given the overall length of the novel less repetition would have been nice. That's probably a problem of point of view which stays with Nasula thus telling nothing about the motives of others persons which more or less remain pure background actors. Even with only 150 pages a bit more along these lines would have been possible.
 


Journal Entry 3 by wingholle77wing at Meschede, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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