"Diamonds for everyone."
That's what fifteen-year-old Patson Moyo hears when his family arrives in the Marange diamond fields. Soon Patson is working in the mines himself, hoping to find his girazi--the priceless stone that cou ...more
DIAMOND BOY by Michael Williams is a multicultural fiction story set in Zimbabwe and South Africa in modern time. It is an attractive book that tells the very compelling story about 15 years old Patson’s life. The story is told by the first person narrator and it appealingly tells about Patson’s family, mining in Marrange’s place and the power of the Zimbabwe soldiers.
An author Michael Williams is a writer of plays, musical and managing director of Cape Town in South Africa. He has written many ...more
I actually think Matthew Quick's little blurb on the back cover is a pretty good summary of my review of Diamond Boy:
"Michael Williams astounds us with the moral dilemmas facing southern Africa; he also buoys us with a realistic sense of hope and triumph. A must-read."
After learning about corruption in the diamond business from various people, I've wanted to learn more about it. Since actually sitting down to watch Blood Diamond between the cracks of my fingers wasn't all that ...more
Diamond Boy is definitely a must read in my book. Michael Williams brings to light the dangers and corruption surrounding the diamond mines in Zimbabwe. If you want a book that can make you laugh, smile and cry within one page this is the one for you. The characters were realistic, and made the book memorable. Each character served a purpose and brought to light the dangers that would surround their gender or age group in the diamond mines, or southern Africa.
The novel successfully touches upo...more
Anyone who has followed world news knows about the terrible state of Zimbabwe's economy under Mugabe, and the dreadful conditions at various diamond mines (and othe ...more
This review is about Diamond Boy. Michael Williams is the author of this book. It is realistic fiction. It’s theme was to never give up hope. Patson, the main character, thought everything was lost; his sister, father, diamonds, and even his left foot. However, he got some of these things back.
Patson and his family moved to Marange so they could get rich working the diamond fields. They worked at Banda Hill, a diamond mine owned by his step-uncle, James Banda. He was working there ...more
Diamond Boy tells the story of a teenage boy who is forced to move to the diamond mines of Marange, Zimbabwe by his evil stepmother. It exposes the brutality of diamond mines overrun by soldiers, and provides an enthralling story of a young boy, forced to become a man. This book lightly deals with the issue of HIV/AIDS and depicts violent scenes therefore, it is best suited for readers grades 9 and up; though I think mature 8th graders would also be a ...more
The author continued to exper ...more
The story of Paxson and his escape from the mines of Zimbabwe is in some ways a more touching story than Now is the Time for Running. We meet the entire Moyo family, getting to know his amai and his father, caring for them and his sister Grace. His miner family also comes alive, especially Arives, his HIV positive friend.
The story moves quickly and keeps readers engaged. I loved this book!
The story is sad but beautiful and honest and real!