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Yoruba Girl Dancing by Simi Bedford
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One of the things I like most about this book is the description of the various cultures in which Remi lived - the European (with an African flavor) culture of upper class Nigerians in Lagos, the working class British culture, the world of the private school, the lifestyle of well-to-do Germans and the culture of affluent Nigerians in London. Remi had to make her way in all of these worlds, and not only was she able to do that, she thrived, The characterization of Remi was good, but distanced. I never felt completely inside her head though this was narrated in the first person.

I was struck with the obtuseness of many of the adults. They seemed to have little empathy for the emotional well-being of the children in their charge. Having just seen the movie Revolutionary Road , I wonder if it was characteristic of the time.

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