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The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna
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Sep 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: first-reads
Read in October, 2011 , read count: 1

This was a difficult book to review for me. I'm giving 4 stars for now, but plan on re-reading it again to give it a fair shot at the 5th star it probably deserves.

This novel about civil war in Sierra Leone, had a fascinating storyline, but it took awhile to really take off. I almost stopped reading it, but I'm very glad I stayed with it. I wanted to be drawn into the world of Sierra Leone, and Ms. Forna did not disappoint me. I did have an issue with caring about the characters, (except for Kai), as much as I thought I should.

Ms. Forna is an extremely talented author. She writes beautiful prose, and I loved the way she could turn a phrase. At times, mainly in the beginning, the story seems to drag. This is not an easy, quick read; you have to think, you have to pay attention and hang in there with it. But I believe in the end you'll be very glad you did.

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