Friday, August 2, 2013
we need new names.
So, the first book on the Man Booker longlist that I attacked was the brightly jacketed We Need New Names. However, the colorful and hopeful outside really has no bearing on the contents within. The story is of Darling, a young girl living in the slums of Zimbabwe. We meet her and her friends at around age ten and they, narratively speaking, take us through what it’s like to be a kid in Zimbabwe. Stealing guavas to stave off hunger, encountering a woman hanging dead from a tree, watching marauding gangs attack the local white population — all like it’s child’s play. And for Darling and her friends, it is. . . read the rest on BookerMarks!