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We Need New Names PDF/EPUB ½ We Need  PDF/EPUB or An exciting literary debut the unflinching and powerful story of a young girl s journey out of Zimbabwe and to AmericaDarling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo s belly, and grasp at memories of Before Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroadBut Darling has a chance to escape she has an aunt in America She travels to this new land in search of America s famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few NoViolet Bulawayo s debut calls to mind the great storytellers of displacement and arrival who have come before her from Junot Diaz to Zadie Smith to JM Coetzee while she tells a vivid, raw story all her own


10 thoughts on “We Need New Names

  1. Rowena Rowena says:

    This is a book that really grew on me It starts off following a group of children in Zimbabwe Darling, Stina, Chipo, Bastard and Godknows, seemingly innocent children living in a not so innocent environment As a child, Darling and friends lived in shanty towns i


  2. Samadrita Samadrita says:

    EDIT 10 09 2013 Oh boy This has been included in the shortlist despite my misgivings to the contrary Heartiest congratulations to NoViolet BulawayoBooks like this one have me fumbling around for the right approach to review them, because they try to cram in too much w


  3. Richard Derus Richard Derus says:

    I had a spirited chat with a fan of this book She naturally stated I was behaving in a sexist manner and implied, with dark tones of voice, that I was probably a racist too, because I don t think this is a particularly good book, and certainly don t think it s Booker worthy


  4. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    A few years ago I was listening to one of those From our Own Correspondent programmes on the BBC A female journalist was on an assignment in Mali and had got herself completely lost She drove up to this village the middle of nowhere and a whole crowd of teenagers spotted her and


  5. leynes leynes says:

    Absolutely brilliant This book is sizzling with life Totally underrated The easiest five stars I ve given to a book this year NoViolet Bulawayo s novel, We Need New Names, is an extension of her Caine prize winning short story, Hitting Budapest , about a girl coming of age in Zimbabwe


  6. Rick Riordan Rick Riordan says:

    Hard to say what drew me to this book the author s name is just awesome The cover is eye catching The reviews have been stellar Also, I ve long been interested in the painful history of Zimbabwe once British colonial Rhodesia since I tried to figure out how to teach this hugely complex subje


  7. Mary Mary says:

    I don t think I ve ever rated a book based mostly on its second last chapter, but I think that s what I did here For the majority of this book I thought it was an average read The first part with the child narrator in Zimbabwe was ok, but so scattered and not overly interesting how many times can


  8. Paul Paul says:

    4.5 stars rounded up I had read mixed reviews of this novel with comments focussing on it being disjointed or running through a ticklist of African problems to squeeze in them all Some have taken issues with the first half of the book, some with the second half It is the story of Darling she is born in


  9. Margitte Margitte says:

    Darling is a dispossessed soul in conflict with everything she ever knew She grew up in Buluwayo, Zimbabwe, but never really names the country or its leader until in her acknowledgement at the end of the book In truly picturesque prose Darling shares her memories of violence, pseudo religious events headed by


  10. Moses Kilolo Moses Kilolo says:

    You may love a book and hate it at the same time I did, for this one Why love Too many reasons, African, Man Booker tagging at it, youngish writer, and a powerful and unique style that is not too easy to forget Why hate Because, because, why cram in a million things into a single book At some point I felt like I wa


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