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The Book of Not by Tsitsi Dangarembga
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Aug 09, 2011

really liked it
Read from March 24 to May 19, 2012

This sequel to "Nervous Conditions" is quite good, but not all that I wanted it to be. I still love Dangarembga's writing style, her use of language, her characters. But I wanted more tension between Tambu and her mother. This conflict opens the novel, but it fades in the distance, perhaps mirroring Tambu's own mind separating her life at a colonial Catholic school and her family's life on the homestead where the resistance to British colonialism is brewing. But I think this contrast could have been much more revealing had Mai not dropped out of the picture quite so much. At the same time, the story revolving around the way Tambu becomes enmeshed in British culture and more detached from her family is an important and powerful tale, one that is not told often enough. This is one of the things I find most important about Dangarembga's novels: she narrates how colonialism works to make people detached from their language, which ultimately divides people from their culture and their families.

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