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Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christie Watson
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Jan 26, 2014

really liked it
Read from March 17 to June 09, 2012

Brilliant. Blessing is a fantastic narrator and we see the world through her which is especially interesting when she is too young to understand the truth of what she is seeing. The book really evoked a sense of time and place and loved that there were such complex characters and that there were no easy answers. Particularly liked the way that the relationship between Blessing's mother and the English guy rose above cliches - here was genuine affection ... he's a brilliant one-off. Although this is, in places, a sad and at times, harrowing story, there is humour and a light touch too, so that one feels this is more true to how people process the events in their life - light and shade, despair and hope. One is left with a sense of optimism and a greater understanding of cultures that view things differently from the way we may have been brought up to view them.
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