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Unfortunate Marriage of Azeb Yitades

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Spanning from the 1960s to the 1990s, The Unfortunate Marriage of Azeb Yitades is an epic tale of a small village in eastern Ethiopia struggling to maintain its identity and heritage as the modern world encroaches on its isolation. Aba Yitades, the local priest, takes this challenge very personally. The father of three daughters, he is always alert to the new temptations t ...more
Published May 16th 2006 by Penguin Canada (first published January 1st 2006)
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Not long into my reading of this book I stopped, put it aside and did not come back to it for a long time. I started it not long after I had read 100 Years of Solitude and the theme of a small town, untouched by technology and colonization and rooted in superstition and religion was too similar to the book that I enjoyed that I almost resented it. Having loved Solitude I wasn't ready to see a carbon-copy of it.

The second reason I put it down was the because of the treatment of the character Aze
This is one of the more interesting books I've ever read. It's set in a small village in Ethiopia, where the author was born, and focuses on the life of the local priest and his family. Azeb Yitades is one of the priest's daughters. This village practises a sort of Christianity that I have never before heard of, and their village customs would thrill any anthropologist. It's a sad book in many ways but always riveting, always unusual.
Great story and great characters, plus insight into a little-known (to me, at least) culture.
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