Breathe To Read

Breathe To Read

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Read The World - Namibia - The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo

 Book: The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo

Author: Peter Orner

Pages: 336

Book takes place in the country: YES

Author is from the country: NO

I have visited: NO

This is my 110th read for the year

Here is what Amazon has to say about this book (hey - it is the end of the year - I needed a break from summarizing)
Though physically isolated in semi-desert beneath a relentless sun, the people of Goas create an alternate, more fertile universe through the stories they tell each other.  The book's central character is Mavala , a combat veteran who fought in Namibia's long war for independence against South Africa. 

She has recently returned to the school - with a child, but no husband.  Mavala is modern, restless, and driven, in sharp contrast to conservative Goas.  All the male teachers try not to fall in love with her.  Everyone fails - immediately and miserably.

The book is well written, but there wasn't much of a story.  Some of the chapters were only a few paragraphs.  It jumped a bit and then would come back to Mavala.  Then jump some more.  Choppy reads like this are hard to hold my attention.  I was engrossed in the longer chapters - trying to get deeper into the story.  But then a small, choppy chapter would follow and I would lose my flow.  It was a good one for this past week because we were so busy getting ready for the holiday, so it worked well enough.

Stars: 3

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