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Passage of Tears

3.14 of 5 stars 3.14  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Djibouti, a hot, impoverished little country on the Horn of Africa, is a place of great strategic importance, for off its coast lies a crucial passage for the world’s oil. In this novel by Abdourahman A. Waberi, Djibril, a young Djiboutian voluntarily exiled in Montreal, returns to his native land to prepare a report for an American economic intelligence firm. Meanwhile, a...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published February 15th 2012 by Seagull Books (first published September 2009)
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I found this overall to be disappointing.

I thought, at a minimum, that I'd get a decent picture of Djibouti - it's pretty uncommon to come across a book set in Djibouti by a Djibouti-born author. But I never actually felt like I was reading about a place. It was as if the book could be set anywhere, with Djiboutian signposts and city names scotch taped to the walls. It just never felt real. So, one of the main reasons I read this book didn't really go anywhere, but maybe I just was looking for t...more
David Smith
I was expecting too much from this book and it did not meet expectations. Nonetheless, there aren't many books by novelists from Djibouti floating around so no regrets. I have a second novel by Waberi on the shelf, so he'll get another chance in the not-too-distant future.
Technically brilliant, with only a few clunkers likely attributable to the translation. Not sure what the Angel of History would make of it, though.
A high 3. Brief, transporting, mysterious but with a predictable twist. The ending was perfect.
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