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by Aminatta Forna
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Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it 2 years ago
Sierra Leone gained independence from British colonial rule in 1961, but, like so many other African countries, after enjoying a few brief initial years of peace and democracy, it was torn apart by dictatorial rule, military regimes, civil war and corruption in the decades that followed. As a resul...
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books
Themis-Athena's Garden of Books rated it 2 years ago
Sierra Leone gained independence from British colonial rule in 1961, but, like so many other African countries, after enjoying a few brief initial years of peace and democracy, it was torn apart by dictatorial rule, military regimes, civil war and corruption in the decades that followed. As a resul...
Wandering through fiction
Wandering through fiction rated it 6 years ago
This made me really uncomfortable in parts - very graphic, nonromanticised sex scenes make for difficult reading especially when it's asentences dropped in with very little warning.Found the relationship between Elias and Safia v odd, and quite stalkerish.Just didn't suit the mood I was in while lis...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it 10 years ago
This book has so much going for it. So much. So it's difficult to slap three stars on it and say “meh, it was okay.” Because it was more than okay, but it wasn't. And it was worth five stars, but it wasn't. What a confusing review.First off, let me say the second half of The Memory of Love is p...
refurbishme
refurbishme rated it 10 years ago
I won this book as a first reads give away. I had a really hard time with this book. The author is extremely talented and there is some really beautiful writing but I found myself having to slog my way through it. The first 350 pages were riddled with so much unnecessary detail that I would go fr...
Merle
Merle rated it 52 years ago
On the one hand, this is a well-written book with good character development and a solid sense of place. On the other, it has some structural issues that make me hesitate to recommend it.The Memory of Love is set in present-day Sierra Leone, and follows three men: a dying academic, Elias, relates hi...
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