17 journalers for this copy...
Winner of Africa Section of Commonwealth Writers Prize 1989. Zimbabwean woman writer.
Sent off by post to jmg49 in Canada, who was intrigued by the description. Happy reading!
Thank you drommie. I will journal again when I have read it.
Journal Entry 5
at on Tuesday, June 17, 2003
Released on Tuesday, June 17, 2003
in Eikenlaan, Hilversum Netherlands.
To nrrdgrrl, the first member in the bookray. Enjoy!
wow! one week it's dead silent (even the books i sent off myself haven't arrived yet) and the next, two books arrive on the same day. that feels a lot better :o)
i'm much looking forward to reading this book as i seek to get into modern african writing. it's exciting to taste works that are appreciated in africa and to get a chance to compare ideas. thanks for the opportunity jmg! i hope to start soon after i finish my current bookring book.
this is not an easy book to get into. the story takes lots of detours, making me kind of anxious to know what happened after the cliffhanger, whilst endlessly lingering on to specify the important details.
so far - i've read three chapters now - it's also a very feminist story, rebelling fiercely against the patriarchial culture. i wonder what's next.
while reading on i was a lot less impatient than before, and soon had no idea why i found the first three chapters so hard to chew.
the raving reviews (inside and outside the book) tell of a great colonial story. i do not agree. the story is great indeed; well told, well paced. enough background, not in explanatory mode.
it is, however, not at all a colonial tale. the struggle for the right to choose one's own future against traditional values is way more universal than that.
and therefore a tale of all times. expanded to current news: north african immigrant families trying to cope with western european values. a very hot subject here. and i can imagine middle-american families having similar problems whilst moving up north, trying to find a better future for their children.
in fact colonialism is a very minor subject in this book. the story does have to do with emancipation of individuals and groups. the eternal choices of adapting too much or too little, of enduring or fighting, of the value and the trap of tradition.
imho it applies to any group trying to climb up in society, having to leave old values and choosing new ones, trying to make the right choices without loosing oneself.
for the women the hard fight againt patriarchism, against people who claim to know from age-old experience what is right for you. for the men the big change from being a group protector to being called a dictator, being accused of buying loyalties while intending to achieve the best for the entire group.
all this in a well told story, with protagonists you'll root for, and more hope than despair. and the old belief that people who work hard will always be able to determine their own future. if only that could always come true...
Journal Entry 9
Hilversum, controlled release in - Per post of in persoon doorgegeven, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, July 08, 2003
Released on Tuesday, July 08, 2003
at controlled release
in hilversum, noord-holland Netherlands.
in postoffice off to mfa.
last time i sent a book to portugal - just a bit more than a day's ride away - it took ten whole days. i had looked up the postage on the net and happily glued away at home. and waited... and waited...
so now i went to the post office, to send priority!
just got the book...thank you nrrdgrrl!
after spending quite some time reading about post-colonial feminist writing, i finally got my hands on a proper example. although one is indeed led to feel that the main trouble is patriarchy, and that is no doubt beyond colonialism and its aftermath, this novel shows how women face a double burden as colonised people. not only do they share the limbo between tradition and innovation that might lead to the vanishing of one's identity, but also they must fight inside their own system if they want their difference to be respected. i was especially impressed by nyasha, with all her intelligence and power, falling pray to a disease some doctores don't find her suitable to as an african. and it was also very disturbing to come to terms with the malign role people like babamukuru play as a means to further colonisation despite so much education. he never lets go of his patriarch role, maybe because it fits in both worlds he lives in so well. i couldn't leave the nuns' racism unoticed either, with their separate rooms for african girls in their own country. fair play to lucy, maiguru and nyasha!
Journal Entry 12
on Saturday, July 26, 2003
I've just got the book (and an orange juice) from MFA...
Journal Entry 13
on Friday, August 01, 2003
Here's another great book I probably would miss if it wasn't for BookCrossing.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It made me think of Alice Walker's The Colour Purple, which is also about being a black woman and which I'll probably re-read one of these days.
Being a recent mother, I probably gave a special atention to all the details about Tambudzai's little sisters and brother and their relationship with their mother. Also for personal reasons, I was impressed by the character Nyasha, her disease and the way it progressed unnoticed for so long.
One of my favorite passages is the one where Lucia comes to the homestead and helps Tambudzai's mother out of her depression.
One more thing: I found this site
and this site
about Tsitsi Dangarembga's works that some of you might find interesting.
Thanks for sharing :)
Journal Entry 14
at on Friday, August 01, 2003
Rec'd via mail today. Thanks to jmg49 for sharing his book and to letra for mailing it to me. I'll journal again after I read it.
An interesting story of African life and the differences made between the male and female youth and their roles.
I felt sorry for Nyasha as she suffered from her eating disorder without anyone to help her. She was slowly killing herself and her parents didn't recognize that she had a serious illness that warranted professional help.
I enjoyed the book but I felt like I needed to know more at the end of the book.
Journal Entry 17
Postal Release in -- Mailed, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Friday, August 15, 2003
Release planned for Saturday, August 16, 2003
at Postal Release
in USPS, postal release USA.
Releasing to Lightwavz. Enjoy!
Received yesterday in the mail bundle (LOTS of books!). This one is next up in the TBR list and I promise to speed-read to keep it moving... I have really been looking forward to reading this one. In fact before I found the bookring, I was thinking of buying a copy... Of course I still might buy a copy to pass along! I will journal my thoughts when I finish reading...
I found this book hard to get into as well... I had to adjust my pace to that of the narrative style. But when I did start to get involved in the plot, I found it difficult to put this one down. I identified with Tambu when she had to face the betrayal by Nhamo and I had the same mixed feelings when he died. The most difficult part of the novel for me was when the nuns arrived to do their testing. I almost felt personally betrayed when they started their underhanded selection process. Then when Tambu and Nyasha arrived at the dorm, I thought, "AHA! I was right!!" Not fair. Not right. I'm not sure that I could survive in a society where the elder male has the say over the entire extended family as Babamukuru did. It made me really step back and appreciate my personal life and lifestyle. I grew up in a small university town where many cultures were represented, but I never immersed myself in another culture like Nyasha and Chido had to do when they moved to England. It must be terrible to be outsiders in both cultures... And I understand how Tambu was considered an outcast by her mother as well. Without writing about every single bit of the plot, I would like to say that I sincerely enjoyed reading this book and I will recommend it to others as well.
This one is on the road next to 16stepper in Arizona (to whom I mailed another book to this morning! If only I had realized!)...
Thanks again for including me on the bookring! It is exciting to read a book that has visited so many different countries and cultures!
This arrived today along with SEVEN other bookrays. Oh my! And I already have 15 here. So I am engaging warp drive and reading faster!
I received this a month ago, along with a deluge of other rays. I have 3-1/2 rays in front of this and am reading as fast as I can. Hope to have this done in another couple of weeks.
This is a thoroughly engrossing coming-of-age tale in addition to the political exploration of feminism, racism, and cultural hijacking. My only complaint with this book is the ending. It is quite abrupt and, having read it at about 1 am, it ruined my sleep last night! I could not stop my mind from running on about what would happen next for Tambu, Lucia, Nyasha, and Maiguru. Thanks for sharing this book. It goes out to DrBrown in today's mail.
This arrived yesterday! I'm looking forward to reading it and continuing the chain. Thanks for setting this up and thanks to all who are participating.
Once I got used to Dangarembga's style, I really enjoyed this one.... the story is painful, but I felt like I was reading a kindred spriti.
This well travelled book has arrived in Australia. I will add it to my list of bookrays in my company, and read it soon. Thanks!
I really enjoyed Tambu's voice throughout this book. A story about being female is colonised Rhodesia, the sexism that exists in the depicted African culture and family structure, and the racism that the White man's ways introduces. The lack of opportunity and voice that these young girls faced, and their fight to be heard, and to be allowed to make some decisions about their own lives themselves, was told in such a way that it made you feel like Tambu was right there with you telling the story to you in person.
I am still sending PMs to try and get an address to send this one to the next interested reader! Second PM going to the second name down. Will send out as soon as I get an address!
Well, I apologize for the delay, but I have finished the book and I enjoyed it immensely. It was a little hard starting, but once I was into it I had trouble putting it down!I will try to send it on soon.
Just received in the mail. This one will accompany me back to England where I can get it to booklemur... Should be just over a month with me. Thanks!
This is a great story for any age, although I imagine that it would appeal particularly to teenage girls. There is a lot to think about in the short 200 page novel. I read this because of a "further reading" recommendation by the author of "Don't Let's Go To the Dogs Tonight" and it complements that book perfectly, "Dogs" being written from the autobiographical perspective of a white colonial teenage daughter in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe.
I'm waiting for booklemur's address and will send this on when I get it. Thanks jmg49!
Arrived today! My increasingly erratic and odd postman left this one leaning on my door.
Thanks Kernow8, drommie, and jmg49!
Journal Entry 32
-- Controlled Release in -- By post or by hand --, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, September 04, 2004
Released 15 yrs ago (9/3/2004 UTC) at -- Controlled Release in -- By post or by hand --, Greater London United Kingdom
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Sent to the next reader on the list. This was a wonderful, oddly calming reading experience, despite the characters' difficult lives. I hope Loopy enjoys it as much as I did!
I apologize to all others on the ring for holding on to this for so long.
The book arrived this morning in a sunny and dry Kent (I say that to make up for the journal entries where I've mentioned a soggy Kent!).
I've really enjoyed reading bookcrossing books that have increased my knowledge of the world around me, and this one looks like another good one. I'll be reading it as soon as I've finished my current book. Thanks!
Another good read from bookcrossing!
I think I agree with just about all the previous readers' comments. It's difficult to think of anything new to say :-)
I really enjoyed the glimpse into a whole different way of life. It was fascinating just how close the two lifestyles reached. It felt incredibly difficult to me to cross between the two easily, but Tamba took it for granted.
It was thoughtprovoking how difficult it was to become educated without becoming part of the colonisation process. One moment that stands out is the woman who was so shocked by Tamba selling her mealies to raise money for school that she gave her what was to Tamba an absolute fortune. That really brought out the difference between rich and poor to me.
A simply great book which I really enjoyed! As I have nothing to add to the previous comments I am keeping this journal short.
Fio-dagua asked to be skipped. Hence the book is on its way to LarkOnapost.
Dangarembga has arrived safely in Oregon, and I am looking forward to reading this book.
Good book, but I felt the ending wasn't as strong as I would have liked. It felt much more like a memoir than a novel.
Tambudzai is a very charismatic heroine.
I found it interesting that the patriarch saw ritual as a solution to the families' issues. The only discussion was- which ritual would be appropriate. I'm very happy to have read this book. Thanks to all for sharing.
It's off to Mississippi next as I did not receive a reply from the other bookcrossers on the list. Maybe Rappody can try them when she is finished with it.
Just a note to say I don't know if Rappody ever received this book. I mailed it months ago, and have written a pm to rappody, but it is either lost in the mail or rappody isn't getting messages, or???
Sorry for not making and entry earlier. I am ready to pass this book on. I have emailed for the address and will forward as soon as I get a reply.