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Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste
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Jun 16, 2011

really liked it

excellent book. really good at building momentum the whole way through the book and it culminates in a great ending. very intense, very tragic, good writing, great job painting a picture of African life.

this book follows a family during the communist revolution in addis ababa in the 70's. the father is a wealthy, very well respected doctor and the sons are a professor and college student. there are many phases of the book that show the family's stuggles, the differences in personality, and the travesties occurring during the revolution. each family member deals with it in his or her own way, often creating a lot of tension, but in the end the family comes together stronger than ever.

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