Institutional Login. LOG IN. Prairie Schooner. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Reviewed by:. Additional Information. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Without education or mothering after the age of ten, Jama finds rooftops to sleep on with friends and roams streets to steal food.
Based on the life of the author's father beginning in , Jama wants to make it rich and think he can if he gets from Somalia where he was born to work in Egypt. He accomplishes his goal of where3 he wants to get, but not the one of becoming rich! He continually is running away from each area he obtains. In the process he gets stuck in a French army where regular Without education or mothering after the age of ten, Jama finds rooftops to sleep on with friends and roams streets to steal food.
In the process he gets stuck in a French army where regular white soldiers mistreat him, keeps avoiding border crossings where he might have to show a non-existent passport, marries and leaves a girl he loves, and keeps on going until finally, without being rich, he comes back to live with her. Any inveterate traveler would be exhausted, because anyone elses conditions could never be as terrible as what this poor kid suffered. Jun 23, Dieuwke rated it liked it Shelves: african-ish. An interesting and educating read, I feared I'd find the book similar to "what is the what", but luckily that wasn't the case at all.
Yes, it does start with a grown up, yes it is about a little boy who covers thousands of miles in war-torn Africa -but that's about as far as similarities run. Character Jama witnesses Africa during the second world war, he happens to be at places where the action is -or isn't. He loses friends, finds love, travels far. Unlike other books, this book full of travel do An interesting and educating read, I feared I'd find the book similar to "what is the what", but luckily that wasn't the case at all.
Unlike other books, this book full of travel doesn't bore, nor did I once think "it can't be true". And indeed, it's fictionalized truth.
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Surely this books deserves more than 3 stars only, but here taste has its say: descriptions of various towns in various countries in Africa just don't work for me. The smells, the looks -there have been a few times I noticed my eyes went wandering over the page to catch up where descriptions had stopped.
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That's personal. I know many people who wouldn't be bothered. To my liking that prevented it from a 4 star. Dec 15, Joanna rated it liked it. Jama is a resilient young man determined to find his father, no matter the sacrifice. He crossed countries after countries and discovered, grew, and survived. The story, somewhat fictionalized, is based on Nadifa Mohamed's father, Jama, who went on an amazing journey to find his father. I really appreciated the historic aspect of this book; the East African Colonial Era, and the meticulous details.
While I liked the details, that were often poetic and refreshing, I sometimes lost track of the wh Jama is a resilient young man determined to find his father, no matter the sacrifice. While I liked the details, that were often poetic and refreshing, I sometimes lost track of the whole story as I concentrated on the details.
Having traveled in East Africa and grown up in a predominantly muslim country, I was able to understand most of the terms used by the author, but for people who have no or little knowledge of that part of the world, a lot of terms were left unexplained. You can, however, figure the definition out in the context it is used in. In all, I really enjoyed this book. Apr 05, Richard Brand rated it liked it.
It just wasn't my book. I could never find the theme or the passion. It was my fault as the story of the young boy was brutal. The saga of this story included being orphaned on his own. The passion to find a place. The desire to find his father. But the quest was to get to Egypt but when he got there it was a not what he hoped. Or his quest was to find his father and half way through he finds where his father is and his father gets killed. The story is not poorly written. The language is poetic It just wasn't my book.
The language is poetic in places. Lorraine Adams said it was a "phenomenal fast-forward story. Feb 03, Calzean rated it it was ok Shelves: author-somali , woman-author , author-england , culture-somali , culture-yemen , culture-eritrea. The time is the s to 40s and much of the book is based in Eritrea and the war Italy bought to the region. The book is based on the author's father and I think it would have worked much better if it was produced as the biography as his story is fascinating.
Dec 16, Gail rated it liked it.
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The author packs a lot of adventure into this book, based on her father's life. It's interesting to me because I teach Somali students, but it's also a bit too complicated for its length. I got lost a few times. Feb 09, Tumelo Moleleki rated it really liked it Shelves: reading-challenge-with-ayanda. This book was many voyages in one but it's ending was ubrupt and unexpected. African countries visited include Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Egypt. Jama never reached Sudan. Shidane's exodus shook me. I don't know if I will ever forget.
Jama remains the lucky Somali boy while Liban is the unfortunate one.
Learning of the existence of such prejudice is not surprising, however, it hurts just the same to know that some people are misfortune born. Learned a lot about the life of Somalis in thi This book was many voyages in one but it's ending was ubrupt and unexpected. Learned a lot about the life of Somalis in this book. I appreciate the lessons. Jul 12, Ahmed. Noor rated it really liked it. This is such an amazing book which describes the impact of colonialism on East Africa.
Nadifa creates such vivid characters who are so relatable. Sep 28, Susanna rated it it was amazing. Beautiful, moving and fantastic to learn a bit about Somalia and lots about Africa. Apr 01, Darryl rated it really liked it. This debut novel by Mohamed, a British writer of Somali descent, is a fictionalized account of her father's harrowing childhood as an abandoned orphan in the Middle East and Africa, which was selected for the Orange Prize for Fiction longlist.
The boy was named Jama by his restless father Guure, who left his wife Ambaro and son behind in mid s British Somaliland to seek work in Sudan.
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However, Ambaro called the young boy Goode, or Black Mamba, in honor of the huge black mamba snake that This debut novel by Mohamed, a British writer of Somali descent, is a fictionalized account of her father's harrowing childhood as an abandoned orphan in the Middle East and Africa, which was selected for the Orange Prize for Fiction longlist. However, Ambaro called the young boy Goode, or Black Mamba, in honor of the huge black mamba snake that slithered over her pregnant belly without causing harm to her or the unborn Jama.
The pair moved to the Yemeni coastal town of Aden, to live with relatives, who looked down upon the raggedy pair. The young Jama spent more time away from the house, and ultimately made a way of his own, forming alliances with other street kids and neighborhood ne'er do wells. After his mother's early death, he was sent back to his native village in Somaliland, but he quickly grew bored and embarked on a quest to find his father in Sudan. His travels take him through Eritrea, which was occupied by the bloodthirsty and ruthless Italian army, Sudan, Egypt and Palestine.
airtec.gr/images/aplicativo/2417-como-rastrear.php Danger and death are constant companions, yet Jama displays an uncanny ability to beat the odds and escape relatively unscathed. The book ends as he obtains a passport from British Somaliland, which permits him to obtain work on a British naval ship that will take him to the UK.
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