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We Need New Names by NoVoilet Bulawayo

We Need New Names: A Novel

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I came away from “We Need New Names” in a state of blissed out confusion. Darling is the main protagonist. We follow her from the age of ten to about age fourteen. She was born in Zimbabwe and soon immigrates to the US where she joins an aunt. This is a book of contradictions as is Africa..and America. Compared to Zimbabwe America seems to Darling equal parts blessing and curse, a step up and a step down and away from the majesty of Africa, an Africa that is being torn apart from the inside and from the outside. Writer Bulawayo never gets maudlin no matter how horrible things are. She describes hunger, disease, religious fanaticism, funerals, rape, etc. and she does it in a believable way through the eyes of Darling and her friends and they’ve known little else so they just get on with their lives and make the best of things. Of course their experiences upset them but they always find a way to have fun. Obstacles are there to go around as are the adults in their lives.

I came away from “We Need New Names” in a state of blissed out confusion. Darling is the main protagonist. We follow her from the age of ten to about age fourteen. She was born in Zimbabwe and soon immigrates to the US where she joins an aunt. This is a book of contradictions as is Africa..and America. Compared to Zimbabwe America seems to Darling equal parts blessing and curse, a step up and a step down and away from the majesty of Africa, an Africa that is being

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‘We Need New Names,’ by NoViolet Bulawayo - The New York Times

A very readable book which gave me quite a bit to think about - glad I gave it a go after all. The quotes I've used don't reflect the freewheeling sense of adventure in We Need New Names/, which isn't a tediously worthy book as I may have made it sound here - it's as vibrant as its cover.

We Need New Names had some totally unfussy reflection on the differences and kinships between black American / Ebonics culture and recently-arrived immigrants from Africa. Something I'd heard a little about in a British context but not enough. And a great scene about trying to communicate with officialdom in English as a foreign language which made me think & was reminiscent of .