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Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed
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Oct 04, 10

bookshelves: dylan-thomas-winners-and-longlisted, read2010, location-yemen, orange-prize
Read from September 25 to October 04, 2010

It took me a while to get through this book. I just didn't care about Jama, the main character, and he moves from place to place so quickly I didn't get a chance to care about any of the others. It is interesting to see the Italian occupation of Africa during World War II through a Somali boy's eyes, but I'm not sure the novel knew what to be. Travel? War? Epic journey? Instead it is a little bit of everything and not enough of anything.
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