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Place of Reeds Paperback – 25 October 2006
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster UK; UK ed. edition (25 October 2006)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0743492277
- ISBN-13 : 978-0743492270
- Dimensions : 13 x 3 x 19.71 cm
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Caitlin Davies has since written many other books, but this remains one of her finest and most moving work. I highly recommend reading this book.
Caitlin Davies brings the atmosphere of Botswana beautifully to life. The descriptions of the landscape and animals are exquisite, and she writes knowledgeably and movingly about the local culture, and about the contrast between life in Botswana and in England. She also manages to be extremely unsentimental about what is clearly a very troubled country, showing both the good (the warmth and kindness she received from many of the locals, the beauty of the landscape, the support of family) and the bad (the crime, the restrictions on women, the appalling number of rapes and attacks that occurred in her final years in Botswana, the stifling nature of the family in which she lived). She writes movingly but without bitterness of her struggles to cope with her adopted daughter Alice, who turned from a pensive little girl into a sullen teenager, and with affection but clear-sightedness about Ron's grandmother, who welcomed her warmly into the household, but couldn't cope with Caitlin's being raped, and about Ron's mother, who wanted to run her daughter-in-law's life as well as her son's. The material about teaching and working in journalism in Africa is fascinating. I was also much impressed with how Davies described the increasing difficulties in her marriage without blaming her husband, who largely appears a sympathetic figure.
This is a brave and very vivid memoir, and my favourite of Caitlin Davies's books so far. I felt it brought Botswana much more vividly to life than her slightly soap-opera-ish novel 'Black Mulberries. I shall look forward to reading some of the books that she has written since her return to London in due course.