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Nowhere in Africa: An Autobiographical Novel
by Stefanie Zweig | Literature & Fiction
Registered by sklose of Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on 7/5/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by sklose from Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, July 05, 2011

7 out of 10

Based on Zweig's personal experience as a German Jewish refugee child in Kenya during World War II, this novel inspired the 2003 Oscar Award winner for best foreign film. The book has been translated into English recently, and as in the movie, the drama is in the family's confused search for home where three worlds and three languages--English, German, and Swahili--intersect and people "cannot agree on a common word for strife." The rural Kenyan setting is idyllic, the "houseboy" Owuor a perfect mentor, and somehow the desperate Jewish aliens don't see the local racism toward the "natives." But there's no nostalgia about the refugee family: their leaving, their wrenching guilt about those they left behind, their struggle at school and work. Best of all is the child's view of the war at home. Husband and wife fight all the time. The beautiful lady can't stand it on the farm, but when he wants to return to Germany after the war, she can't leave again. The ironic mix of anger and sorrow is unforgettable. (Hazel Rochman)
A classic, really nice to read!! 

Journal Entry 2 by sklose at KCCR Guest House in Kumasi, Ashanti Region Ghana on Tuesday, July 05, 2011

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Released 7 yrs ago (6/28/2011 UTC) at KCCR Guest House in Kumasi, Ashanti Region Ghana


The book was released onto the common book shelf of the office of Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary during a research stay, the sanctuary belongs to the Wildlife Parks of Ghana system. It is an older edition but in good condition. I hope it will promote the spread of Bookcrossing usage in this toally underrepresented country!!! 

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