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The Architecture of Loss

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Estranged at the age of six from her mother, who sent her away from her hometown of Brighton in rural Zululand, brilliant architect Afroze Bhana has carved out an impressive life for herself in Cape Town. But when she receives word that her aging mother is desperately ill, she finds herself compelled to return to her place of birth to find answers about her painful childho ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Pegasus Books
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Tiffany Guthrie
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I tried to read this. I really really tried. The style of writing wasn't my taste, and this made it near impossible for me to get through. I wasn't enjoying in the story as much as I would like, so I ended up giving up.
Krystal
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This spectacular novel left me in awe! While this narrative made for characters with whom one could relate, the poetic language added depth to already gut wrenching challenges that they faced.
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          "I am a poor girl. I was born into a world of cheap. Food that is picked from the fields outside your door is the tastiest food you will ever eat. Grandmothers who massage coconut oil into your hair at night are the most expensive gifts you will ever receive. But I knew, even when I was a young girl, that some people are born for things that they can never be prepared for. Larger things that come with double edges. If a call aga
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Phoenicia
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it
There is some very beautiful writing in this book, and a very tangible, engaging sense of place. I learned a lot about the diverse groups that make up South African society, and some of the historical struggles against racism.
Derby
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is very complex. There are a ton stories within the main story which are told in multiple perspectives and multiple timelines. It could get confusing, but honestly it worked for this book. I really enjoyed all of the layers and many themes there are to discover throughout the story. It's amazing how all of the characters were explored to the point where the reader understands each characters intentions and motivations based on their past experiences. It is a very reread able book becau ...more
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I finished this book more than a week ago but needed time to think about it. Over all, I liked it but it felt disjointed and in some places, and unbelievable. The second section, about Sylvie's work with the ANC, was the strongest but the two on either side, focused more on Afroze and Sylvie's relationship, often felt hard to believe (without giving away too much.)
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