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Little Stones Kindle Edition
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'Elizabeth Kuiper is a wonderfully perceptive and observant writer. In this story of a Zimbabwean childhood, she subtly captures the complexity of political and family turmoil through the eyes of a young girl. An exciting new voice.' Emily Bitto, author of The Strays
'Little Stones is a compelling debut with a heartfelt, distinctive voice. Hannah is sharp and feisty, wise and funny, and shows a new way of seeing the world and this complex part of history.' Laura Elvery, author of Trick of the Light
'Clearly carved from raw experience, this is a powerful elegy to youth in a place where the only thing worse than staying is leaving.' Aidan Hartley--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07SFKPGWZ
- Publisher : University of Queensland Press (4 June 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 1040 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 272 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 40,805 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The skillful dialogue brings out the characters of the various people in the story - especially that of the grandfather and Gogo. Gogo is so real and true to life.
The writing is descriptive and flows easily. I loved the subtle humour.
I like the way the book is written from a child's perspective which is difficult when an adult. This has been managed without imprinting an adult's view and emotions onto the way she sees life.
The turmoil and uncertainty in the country is shown through the conversations and tensions of the adults in her life which she picks up on unbeknown to them. The hardships suffered on a daily base, which she sees as commonplace and usual, show aspects of the times.
The story demonstrates the enormous vulnerability of a young person when violence impacts on their life and leaves a lasting impression. The loss of home, relatives, friends and the security of a stable environment comes out clearly. As well the challengers that then need to be faced in a strange country.
The story is told from the point of view of an 11 year girl growing up in Zimbabwe and being raised by her single mother. I enjoyed reading from this perspective, since I don’t know much about Mugabe’s reign, so nothing was “assumed knowledge” and I was able to understand what was going on, even though I was unfamiliar with the political context. 11 year old girls see everything very simply and matter-of-factly, so we are able to make our own judgements.
Reading this book reminds me of how lucky we are to live in a country where we all have rights and justice. Sometimes my stomach was clenching at the unfairness of the different characters’ situations. To live in a country filled with so much corruption is such an uncertain way of life. And I was so in love with the narrator’s mum, Jane. She is such a strong woman, and embodies everything I want to be as a working mum! What a beautiful inspiring character!