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Saudade by Suneeta Peres da Costa
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really liked it
bookshelves: read2020, tournament-of-books, ebooks, hoopla, location-angola

Saudade is a feeling of loss, or not belonging, and this is well captured by the narrator of this novella, which is on the Tournament of Books shortlist. It is set in 1960s pre-independence Angola, and the narrator and her family are Goan, although she has never lived anywhere but Africa. They are being pushed out even as they cling to the power that comes from being the self-imposed merchant middle class. This is well written and a quick read, but I do get tired of books written from the perspective of the people bemoaning a loss of privilege and power that they should never have taken in the first place. The narrator grapples with it but as a child/teen clearly doesn't understand what the reader might, and this could be a disservice. I'm not sure. Maybe a longer work would have had more opportunity to discuss these themes.
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February 5, 2020 – Started Reading
February 5, 2020 – Shelved
February 5, 2020 –
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February 5, 2020 – Finished Reading
February 6, 2020 – Shelved as: read2020
February 6, 2020 – Shelved as: tournament-of-books
February 6, 2020 – Shelved as: ebooks
February 6, 2020 – Shelved as: hoopla
February 6, 2020 – Shelved as: location-angola

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