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Life in Rwanda after the genocide
am 26. September 2015
I found this novel to be an unsuccessful mix of the feel-good fluffy with a million happy endings and the extremely serious .
The writing is almost childish in its simplicity, the characters are paper-thin and the dialogues are terribly stilted.
This lightweight story almost breaks down under the weight of the Rwandan genocide, orphans, child soldiers, AIDS, Ebola, malaria, the plight of African women, female genital mutilation, homosexuality prostitution, poverty, the IMF, the luxurious lifestyles of the representatives of international care organizations, the suffering of the Batwa minority, etc. etc.
I may have a low boredom threshold but in truth how many times in one book can an author – without exasperating the reader – have the protagonist
- clean her glasses with the corner of her kanga
- make mugs of sweet milky tea spiced with cardamom
- peel away the paper case of a cupcake
- show her photo-album of cakes to potential customers ?
If Angel had delved one more time into her brassiere for a tissue I would have screamed.
I imagine the author wanted to cash in on the success of Alexander McCall Smith’s Ladies’ Detective series.