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Yefon: The Red Necklace (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Sahndra Fon Dufe , David Gregory , Ethel Tawe , Natasha Brown

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About YEFON: The Red Necklace:

A powerful, emotional tale of ambition and courage by Cameroonian-born Sahndra FON DUFE, the Common Wealth of Nations recognized author of the poem ‘Dear momma’. (2004). Yefon:The RedNecklace (YRN) is the first book of the YEFON trilogy series. It will have you wrapped up with emotions you didn’t know you had. For more information visit website at www.yefonthenovel.com
SYNOPSIS:

Young tribal girl, Yefon Labam, knows she’s different.

During the 1950's, in her Central African village, women are uneducated and are expected to either work on a farm or be one of many wives, but Yefon dares for more—she wants to learn how to read, even if looking at a book could mean her death. Although everyone thinks she’s an abomination, including her mother and sisters, her father knows she’s destined for greater things.

When he is murdered, Yefon clings to the gift he gave her for inspiration—a red necklace. She soon comes to realize that the necklace is no ordinary ornament, but a talisman crafted by the spirits. Yefon walks a dangerous path that could lead to her freedom…or her death.

THE TRILOGY BEGINS...

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

About Author Sahndra Fon Dufe: Cameroonian-born author, actress, humanitarian and business mogul Sahndra Fon Dufe is the young CEO of African Pictures International, and co-founder of Gifted Minds Africa Foundation. She works at exposing the history, culture, and truth about Africa, women and the spirit within. The remarkable actress has been featured in numerous feature films, and commercials, and presently lives in Los Angeles with her hunk of a man, a closet full of shoes and too many vintage clothes. Sahndra spends her spare time perfecting her craft and soul-searching, on a journey to regain wholeness and cure the spirit. She also hunts for Egyptian artifacts, pieces which have captivated her imagination since childhood. To read her full biography visit her official website at http://www.sahndrafondufe/bio, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sahndra_Fon_Dufe, and http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4677827 You can follow Author Sahndra Fon Dufe on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sahndrafondufe and Like her Facebook at www.facebook.com/sahndrafondufeofficial

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 5813 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 291 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1495452360
  • Verlag: African Pictures International; Auflage: 1 (27. Mai 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00KM8U488
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #778.969 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A powerful narration of emotions of a young woman's struggle, an excellent thrilling read 30. Mai 2014
Von CHICHI OKONKWO - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
"Yefon The Red Necklace" is a breath of fresh air to a book lover like me. It is a tale of an inspiring young female survivor, who wants nothing more out of life other than to make a difference in the lives of the women in her family and her community.
Subsequently, in her quest for more and not settling for the norms of her culture, she encountered all sorts of challenges and obstacles but she never gave up when the journey got tough.
The story of Yefon is refreshingly rich in African cultural contents, well detailed you feel like you are right there with the Nso people; yet, so captivating and emotional.
This book leaves you salivating for more... But most importantly, it gives you the feeling of a Survivor, Hero, Hope and Freedom. I really enjoyed reading this book and can't wait for the next phase of the trilogy.
To the young author -Sahndra Fon Dufe -BRAVO!!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great and Inspiring Book!!!!! 9. Mai 2014
Von maya holt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Yefon is a riveting and compelling read that captivates the reader within the first chapter. Its a powerful, emotional tale of a woman who is expected to live up to the low standards of women in her village. Her ambition is to learn to read despite that desire putting her life in danger. The courage that builds on this woman is impeccable and the story was descriptively written and suspenseful, its definitely a story for every woman to read.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen a strong narrative is lost in a childish voice 11. Oktober 2014
Von Charlie Anderson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was a complete flop for me. If you keep up with me on Goodreads, you have probably already seen the star rating I assigned this book, and that is highly unusual and out of character for me.

Yefon is the second daughter of the first wife in her compound in Cameroon. The novel starts off in such a way as to turn off a reader, almost bashing the conveniences and technology of modern times, compared with those of the time Yefon grew up.

"One didn’t curb boredom by lying on a comfortable couch and turning on a 42-inch flat screen TV to watch Keri Washington fix things on Scandal. It’s not like you could log onto Yahoo news to see Miley Cyrus twerking at the VMAs either! These are the sorts of things that my grandchildren are now obsessed with. In my time, you sat by a massive hearth, alongside twenty other skinny black rustics, to hear your grandmother tell stories."

I understand older generations wanting to impart “their days” to their offspring – or anyone who will listen – but this Yefon did not endear herself to me. However, Yefon did paint a pretty clear (and ugly) picture of women’s stature during this time. It is very bleak.

"Regardless of whether your husband slept with your sister or used you as a punching bag, it was your job to hold your family together or else you had failed as a woman.

The man had all the financial power, and you were nothing but a childbearing cook with genius farming skills."

In fact, the entire first half of the book was a mess of characters, terms, tangents, and unclear plot lines. I was so very tempted to DNF this book, but I kept pushing myself. If you had asked me what the book was about at the 20% mark, I would have told you it seemed like random babbling about all manner of things, which only served to confuse me.

In Yefon’s culture, polygamy is common, and Yefon hates her father’s second wife’s daughter, Sola, who is beautiful and gets out of doing anything. In fact, she gets beauty treatments all the time! In such a time, with so little, and needing workers, I find that hard to believe was possible for 20 years.

Yefon also does not get along at all with her mother. She is incessantly getting in trouble, and crying and screaming until her father, home from working away, would come and have it out with her mother. This carried on even until she was 16, 17, and she would jump upon her father as if she was a small child when he would come home or rescue her.

"I hated that my mother insulted me with a title so malevolent. Ogbanje children are evil children that die when they are born and come back again many times, plaguing their mothers with trouble in their lifetime."

Yefon forges a relationship with her half-sister Kadoh, who is the daughter of a slave. All that’s said about the slavery is that Kadoh couldn’t do some of the things Yefon got to do, or be in her compound all the time, and that their language was different…and yet it seemed Kadoh was there all the time. Kadoh was an interesting character, very different than other people, eccentric, but very supportive of Yefon. But Kadoh would always hold out on Yefon, even in times of stress, so I didn’t see how this relationship could sustain under such one-sideness. It was obvious that Yefon looked up to Kadoh, but even into their late teens and early twenties, neither marry, which I gathered was unusual.

There were moments in the book when Yefon’s character had strong moments, but they were few and fleeting.

Now, the red necklace! It is a gift from Yefon’s father, and Yefon wears it all the time. It provides her guidance on occasion, being an item belonging to what seemed even to Yefon to be a mythical goddess-type character. Although this magical, mystical item has fallen into Yefon’s hands, in the end I don’t think it served her too well. This seemed anticlimactic after the title, and all that the necklace means to Yefon, and all that her father has trumped Yefon up to be – that she will change the future. How very flat that falls.

In the latter part of the book there seems to be a clearer plot line, but the ending falls completely flat, and the necklace that has guided Yefon for years fails her. The book ends on a major cliffhanger, which only serves to continue the storyline in the following books.

Another reason I had issue with some things in this book is that Yefon uses terminology in retrospect (such as describing substances as jello-like and referencing the internet), when no one in her compound at that time knew what any of those things are. It gave an unauthentic voice to Yefon that carried throughout the novel. It reminded me of Scout’s voice in To Kill A Mockingbird, but the effect was completely lost in the dramatic Yefon.

Unless you are overly interested in this book based on the premise or the setting of Cameroon, I would recommend a pass on this book. It is not a story for every woman.
4.0 von 5 Sternen The story brings the tribal culture alive 24. Juli 2014
Von mrs s martin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Yefon is a young girl that was born into a favoured and highly respected family of the Nso tribe in Cameroon and one of the families that are eligible to bear the heir to the throne. You will come to love and cherish her, she is ambitious, independent and dreams of a life that is far from the traditional role of the tribal women, where boys schooled and girls worked with their bare feet. Even thinking about being anything but a housewife is punishable, you had to master household tasks and had to make your husband proud and happy or face disgrace. Although more of a tomboy than a young girl, she lacks confidence and is continually beaten down, both physically and mentally by the lack of love from her mother who makes her feel more of an outcast than a daughter. Luckily for Yefon she has a close bond with her father who she idolises which comes across warmly to the reader, he has the knowledge that his daughter is set for greater things. On each occasion he has to go away to work he always brings Yefon a treat on his return and one day he brings her a beaded necklace, which a long time ago belonged to the mother of the people. Why is this so important? What will happen to Yefon as she grows? This is where the book really picks up pace and by the end of the book you will find yourself needing book 2 to continue.

I have a fascination of tribal life, learning about their ways and enjoyed reading about the daily life of the tribe, getting an insight of how they lived and thought and how they connected with each other. Sitting round a fire telling stories to each other is heartwarming and sounds like a life miles apart from the world we currently live in where it's all computers, xbox and the like. The story brings the culture alive and tribal words are included here and there in the read, which you gradually get used to although I wish I had known about the Glossary of these terms at the beginning and not when I had reached the end There are also beautiful drawings of each character at the back of the book and a lovely note from the author.

I was literally glued to the book half way through to the end, following Yefon on her journey, unable to put it down. Seriously you get to the end of the book at a pinnacle moment and I found myself tingling inside to find out more from the author. This book will inspire all women worldwide to allow yourself to meet your true potential and live your dream.
3.0 von 5 Sternen A Young Girl Longs to Escape Polygamy and Abuse 31. Juli 2014
Von Tara - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I liked this heroine very much and also appreciated the peek into another culture and their ways. There's polygamy, child abuse (though it's acceptable in this time and place, among these people), and lots of details about the tribe's cultures, customs, mannerisms, and clothing (or lack of it.) Born in 1940, Yefon guides us through the fifties from her childhood to womanhood and the period in her life when she began wanting more from life. Not content to be a man's first, second, or third wife, nor to stay at home where she's beaten for every imagined slight, Yefon dreams of going to the city, of making something of herself. She just doesn't know what.

One of the most interesting things to me was how her Albino sister was looked upon. Other villagers even wanted to sacrifice her. I love how Yefon is quick to come to the rescue, even though her sister never helps her. It goes to show that one can be a better person, despite what they are surrounded by.

There is one major downside though, and that is the narrative. I don't mind the first-person narrative, not at all. It is completely appropriate for this story, but it's all telling/no showing and at times I found myself drifting or getting bored.
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