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Posted January 10, 2011
What a disappointment
This was the most annoying piece of drivel I have read in a very long time. I suffered through this book. I have read "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears" by this author in the past. While I wouldn't give it rave reviews, it was ok. I purchased this book because I wanted to support an Ethiopian author, as my husband is Ethiopian.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This is not a novel - it is a 320 page essay of pure fluffy words. If, and when, there was dialogue between Jonas and his wife, it was stilted. The author never gives any character development which leaves the reader feeling absolutely nothing for the main character, nor his immigrant parents. The book jacket description is a false lure into a storyline that does not exist. How can Jonas "set out to retrace his parents steps" when he doesn't talk to either one of them? He just made up stuff he "thought" might have happened as he went along. What reconciliation? What redemption? How this book received such "high literary acclaim" is beyond my reach.
If you want to read books by literary talented Ethiopians, I suggest the following two books. They are brilliant.
Notes From The Hyena's Belly by Nega Mezlekia
Beneath The Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste
Posted July 2, 2011
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