What Language is That (A Story from Say You're One of Them)

What Language is That A Story from Say You re One of Them Uwem Akpan s stunning stories humanize the perils of poverty and violence so piercingly that few readers will feel they ve ever encountered Africa so immediately The eight year old narrator of An Ex M

  • Title: What Language is That (A Story from Say You're One of Them)
  • Author: Uwem Akpan Robin Miles
  • ISBN: 9781600243028
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Uwem Akpan s stunning stories humanize the perils of poverty and violence so piercingly that few readers will feel they ve ever encountered Africa so immediately The eight year old narrator of An Ex Mas Feast needs only enough money to buy books and pay fees in order to attend school Even when his twelve year old sister takes to the streets to raise these meager funds,Uwem Akpan s stunning stories humanize the perils of poverty and violence so piercingly that few readers will feel they ve ever encountered Africa so immediately The eight year old narrator of An Ex Mas Feast needs only enough money to buy books and pay fees in order to attend school Even when his twelve year old sister takes to the streets to raise these meager funds, his dream can t be granted Food comes first His family lives in a street shanty in Nairobi, Kenya, but their way of both loving and taking advantage of each other strikes a universal chord In the second of his stories published in a New Yorker special fiction issue, Akpan takes us far beyond what we thought we knew about the tribal conflict in Rwanda The story is told by a young girl, who, with her little brother, witnesses the worst possible scenario between parents They are asked to do the previously unimaginable in order to protect their children This singular collection will also take the reader inside Nigeria, Benin, and Ethiopia, revealing in beautiful prose the harsh consequences for children of life in Africa.Akpan s voice is a literary miracle, rendering lives of almost unimaginable deprivation and terror into stories that are nothing short of transcendent.

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    1. I listened to the audiobook via Libby. A story of innocent childhood friendship between 2 girls of different faiths, Islam and Christianity, and how the religious riot in their town influences their lives. This story is beautiful and profound and I look forward to reading the rest of the stories in the collection.

    2. Power of friendship and children rising above the prejudices of their parents. The end of this audiobook has an interview with the author. He mentions that he intentionally chose a niche of writing from the perspective of children. Perhaps because I read so much YA and middle grades books, I didn't realize that perspective was missing. Or maybe he said international children, or in the short story genre?

    3. This story was the the least saddest story from the book was very inspiring to watch these two children overcome their situations and find a way to speak to each other instead of retaliating and being bad children to their parents they just accepted the situation and found a way to deal with it. was very nice :)

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