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Chaff On The Wind: A Novel

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HomeInMyShoes
A nice enough read. A bit thick on words and a fairly inevitable ending. But I liked the characters and I liked the backdrop. Three stars.
Thomas
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Chaff on the Wind is a good story but suffers greatly from the way it is written. It tells the tale of Dinding and Pateh, two young Gambians who move to the big town from their villages full of ambition and youth, sporting very different attitudes. Dinding is more cautious, a planner, a hoarder. Pateh is spontanious and frivilous. Both show themselves to be exceptional, hard-working and find their own measures of success but, in the tradition of many African tragedies, life interveens to cut one ...more
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I was delighted to get hold of a second-hand copy of this book by Gambian writer Ebou Dibba. It is a very enjoyable one to read.
It tells the story of two young men who leave their villages and travel to the big city (Serekunda?) to experience more of life than the illiteracy and rural, agricultural traditions their homes had to offer them. Dinding's village and family are described in loving detail on the day he leaves and we know the memories will stay with him. Pateh's home life was less
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Apr 26, 2009 rated it liked it
A really lovely story with a huge insight into Gambian culture - it certainly explained a few weird things I'd seen after returning home from the country!
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