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Claire
Claire is 75% done
This story of a village narrated by different female members if one family and the collective (we) voice of "The Children" is so well done and so comprehensive, it reminds me a little of the effect of reading Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing, that understanding of all the events and people(s)that influence each generation and how they then behave, react. Absolutely stunning. Love it.
Sep 18, 2021 11:33PM
How Beautiful We Were

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Claire
Claire is 94% done
Nearing the end and the youngest song Juba is given voice. For years he supports his sister Thula in her quest for liberation from those who exploit their land and resources, but sees and understands that they lack the foundation for their country to rise from. His wife Nubia, facilitates the demands of the corrupt, padding their existence, to ensure privilege. Kosawa seems a long time ago.
Sep 19, 2021 10:05AM
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Claire
Claire is 33% done
Loving this, wonderful authentic storytelling, a kind of going back to the source, to the origins of discontent in the village. Kongo (the so-called madman) is the one who dares to make the intervention that sets the villagers off on their journey (hero's), their error in not subsequently listening to his sage wisdom, a little insight into where this may be leading.
Sep 17, 2021 01:37AM
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Claire
Claire is 24% done
Thula's father who lead the group of men to confront the leadership of the company exploiting their land for oil has been missing over a year.
The village decides to make his brother Bongo their new (reluctant) leader, now he narrates.
Their initial plan, to elicit names of those who can help them, encounters unforseen complications.
Sep 16, 2021 10:57PM
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Claire
Claire is 11% done
A village that allowed a corporation to drill for oil is losing its children to an unknown maladie. They suspect it is due with contamination created by the company. They deny it and the village rep tries to downplay the gravity of their losses.
At the regular 8 weekly meeting, the village madman stands up to the representatives threatening them. The villagers at first fearful of repercussions, become courageous.
Sep 16, 2021 12:30PM
How Beautiful We Were


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