Of The Penguin Prize For African Writing Fiction Destined From Birth To Inhabit Two Very Different Worlds That Of Her Father, The Wealthy Joseph Sakavungo, And That Of Her Mother, His Mistress This Emotive Tale Takes Us To The Heart Of A Young Girl S Attempts To Come To Terms With Her Own Identity And Fashion A Future For Herself From The Patchwork Of The Life She Was Born Into Beautifully Constructed, Warm And Wise, This Is A Novel That Will ✓ Patchwork ☆ Download by Ç Ellen Banda-Aaku Transport The Reader To A World In Which We Can All Become Of The Sum Of Our Parts This little book is excellent, but don t be fooled by the brief page count it takes time than you might expect.
Pumpkin is a 9 year old girl growing up between two households, competing for her father s attention, dealing with her mother s alcoholism and her stepmother s disregard And because she s growing up in Zambia in the 1970s, there s some violence from across the border as well Then, flash forward to her as a grown woman she thinks she s made peace with her parents, but the scars from her childhood continue to distort her life.
I found this book very engaging, with a writing style that soon immerses the reader in the story and makes it easy to relate to Pumpkin and her experiences The characters are believable without having to be explained, the protagonist especially Pumpkin often behaves poorly, as both a chi Winner Of The Penguin Prize For African Writing Fiction Destined From Birth To Inhabit Two Very Different Worlds That Of Her Father, The Wealthy Joseph Sakavungo, And That Of Her Mother, His Mistress This Emotive Tale Takes Us To The Heart Of A Young Girl S Attempts To Come To Terms With Her Own Identity And Fashion A Future For Herself From The Patchwork Of The Life She Was Born Into Beautifully Constructed, Warm And Wise, This Is A Novel That Will Transport The Reader To A World In Which We Can All Become Of The Sum Of Our Parts I read a book called Poppadom Preach at around about the same time as I read this novel, Patchwork, by Ellen Banda Aaku They re both very similar first person narrations by neglected children suffering at the hands of their parents However, where Poppadom Preach uses a heavy dose of black humour to illuminate the story, Patchwork follows a much traditional path In other words, you ll be filing this under Heavy Going.
Set in Zambia in the 1970s 80s, 9 year old Pumpkin is an unwilling accomplice in her mother s alcoholism, hiding her empty bottles, mopping up her vomit and heaving her unconscious weight into bed night after night They live in a community housing block, the setting for most of Pumpkin s early memories, not to mention street wise education The bulk of their material needs are met by Pumpkin s father, a wealthy businessman who keeps his lover and illegitimate offsp I finished this last week but had to sit on it a while For my read Around The World bookclub, we travelled to Zambia this month and this is the story of Pumpkin, who we meet as a child living with her single mom, Mistress to someone of standing, Pumpkins father The book stood out most for its two abrupt changes of narrative in the middle and then at the end Still, the overwhelming feeling I have is that I am glad that I read it Glad I read a different story, of someone whose life is different and yet relatable This whole reading around the world project is breaking me open in a way that s hard to describe Even if I don t like the book, we chose, I still feel I am coming to understand just how big this planet is How different we all are and yet at our core, we all just want a home, to love and be loved, to be safe, looked after and yet we do not get on with each other re This little book is excellent, but don t be fooled by the brief page count it takes time than you might expect.
Pumpkin is a 9 year old girl growing up between two households, competing for her father s attention, dealing with her mother s alcoholism and her stepmother s disregard And because she s growing up in Zambia in the 1970s, there s some violence from across the border as well Then, flash forward to her as a grown woman she thinks she s made peace with her parents, but the scars from her childhood continue to distort her life.
I found this book very engaging, with a writing style that soon immerses the reader in the story and makes it easy to relate to Pumpkin and her experiences The characters are believable without having to be explained, the protagonist especially Pumpkin often behaves poorly, as both a chi This is the author s first adult novel, though she has written several short stories and poems for both children and adults The first part has nine year old Pumpkin as she is known by everyone as the main character in the second part she is a mother herself To me the first part works the second not so well Maybe it is because the mis perceptions of a child are easier to accept than those of an adult.
This is the author s first adult novel, though she has written several short stories and poems for both children and adults The first part has nine year old Pumpkin as she is known by everyone as the main character in the second part she is a mother herself To me the first part works the second not so well Maybe it is because the mis perceptions of a child are easier to accept than those of an adult.
Set in Zambia, Patchwork tells the poignant story of Pumpkin, a bastard child who grows up to become an emotionally tormented woman The novel opens in the 1970s when Pumpkin is a 9 year old girl Her father is a wealthy businessman with a family of his own her mother is an alcoholic who believes that someday Pumpkin s father will marry her Because of her mother s drinking problem, her father eventually takes Pumpkin to live with his family, a decision that his wife does not handle well The tale of Pumpkin s childhood is heartbreaking the neglect and poverty of life with her mother, the longing she has for her father s love, the aching estrangement she feels from her father s family In the second portion of the book, Pumpkin is an adult, and she is still reacting to her childhood scars and trying to unders this was a quick read it could have been longer i m used to thick books i really enjoyed the story and it was one of those books that i found hard to put down i love reading about other cultures and what makes people tick i love the name of the book as it clearly comes through in the story there were quite a few mistakes in the book, which wasn t cool, but at least i enjoyed the story not a prize awarding book, but all in all worth reading.
This book is well written and gives a good picture of life in Zambia across social classes The story is not an uplifting one, none of the characters are at all likeable and the author doesn t resolve the dilemmas by the end of the book.
So why did I read it apart from just because I wanted a book from Zambia for my World Tour Because it really is good, a page turner, just not one to make you laugh.
I was teetering between rating this book a 3 or 4 I enjoyed this book and was compelled to keep reading The writing was excellent and the author did a great job of describing cultural nuances, language, and experiences unique to Zambian society She also did well to get into some very touchy social subjects and to describe how hurt can shape a person s entire life and being Almost every character was living with so much pain All of this was penned beautifully But I went with the lower rating in the end because I felt the story didn t go anywhere It was like a long descriptive essay But not a story that you could sink your teeth into or get immersed in I ll certainly look out for her next book though Ö Patchwork à I m glad that I read this book even though it felt unnecessarily chopped up into a few sections I enjoyed following the story of our unreliable narrator, Pumpkin even though I was quite frustrated with her.
Patchwork follows the life of Pumpkin first when she was around nine and then in the second part in her early 30s The book describes a childhood that had this girl stranded between the worlds of her rich dad whose illegitimate child she was and her alcoholic mother The story also covers, how some hurt that happened in the past can have wide reaching impacts in the life of people and their families I thought the book was easy to read, the narrative just sucked you right in, but it was nevertheless impactful.
I read a book called Poppadom Preach at around about the same time as I read this novel, Patchwork, by Ellen Banda Aaku They re both very similar first person narrations by neglected children suffering at the hands of their parents However, where Poppadom Preach uses a heavy dose of black humour to illuminate the story, Patchwork follows a much traditional path In other words, you ll be filing this under Heavy Going.
Set in Zambia in the 1970s 80s, 9 year old Pumpkin is an unwilling accomplice in her mother s alcoholism, hiding her empty bottles, mopping up her vomit and heaving her unconscious weight into bed night after night They live in a community housing block, the setting for most of Pumpkin s early memories, not to mention street wise education The bulk of their material needs are met by Pumpkin s father, a wealthy businessman who keeps his lover and illegitimate offsp

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