Found my first Doris Lessing book from book swap shelves. I remember my Finnish teacher speaking about her but I've never before read any of her books. Now is my chance! The plot sounds interesting. 😍
I just finished this book with tears in my eyes. This is a true story of the two people in the photo who met through a school pen pal program. Caitlin was 12,living in a Philadelphia suburb, and Martin was 14, living in a poor village in Zimbabwe. It is a YA book. Simple writing. An uplifting story of kindness and determination. A testament to the good in our world. They remain friends. #readingafrica2022 #zimbabwe
Photo: NPR Interview, 2020. I got the point of this, but at the same time I felt a sustained sense of discomfort while reading due to the combination of Tambu‘s self-centered actions and the unceasing “you” which points the finger back towards the reader. It wasn‘t a pleasurable reading experience. However, the author has lived an incredible life and stood up for what she believes in, and I really admire what she tries to do with her writing.
This has been a difficult read for me but I didn‘t want to bail. So, in the hopes of finishing this today, I went for a walk and did some outdoor reading at a local park/forest. I‘ve got about 50 pages left. My plan is to spend the rest of the afternoon with the cats and finish this up. Hwaiting!
“Everything is nice and fresh now…” I am enjoying this book more than “The Book of Not” so far. I had to get used to the change in POV, but there is more plot happening and Tambu‘s character, though increasingly unlikeable, is taking actions which are driving towards what I suspect is a doomed conclusion. I‘m very interested to see where this goes. I suspect it will be a tragic conclusion.
Sobering account of the immigrant experience https://cannonballread.com/2022/09/we-need-new-names-elcicco/