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The Orchard of Lost Souls

By Nadifa Mohamed

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Hello all my book lovers. I can’t believe that it is Wednesday already!! This week is half over! I am still working on that diet that I mentioned many posts earlier. I am getting a little discouraged. I have only lost 5 lbs since the beginning of the year. The last few are not coming off like the others. It has been slow going!! I am losing my drive to diet and all of the commercials are about Easter candy. It is like a conspiracy. Why do we celebrate every holiday with candy and cakes? Can you tell that all I think about is food? As my friend Ying would say, move on, move on.

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This is another library book that I found.  This is a current book released in March of 2014.  It is 352 pages. The author has won several awards for her first book Black Mamba Boy. The book is about three characters and their interwoven lives in war-torn Somalia. This is also available for your kindle and in paperback (the one above). Mine the first one was the hard cover edition.

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The eagerly awaited new novel from the author of the acclaimed Orange-longlisted Black Mamba Boy.It is 1988 and Hargeisa waits. Whispers of revolution travel on the dry winds but still the dictatorship remains secure. Soon, and through the eyes of three women, we will see Somalia fall.

Nine-year-old Deqo has left the vast refugee camp she was born in, lured to the city by the promise of her first pair of shoes.

Kawsar, a solitary widow, is trapped in her little house with its garden clawed from the desert, confined to her bed after a savage beating in the local police station.

Filsan, a young female soldier, has moved from Mogadishu to suppress the rebellion growing in the north.

And as the country is unravelled by a civil war that will shock the world, the fates of the three women are twisted irrevocably together.

Intimate, frank, brimming with beauty and fierce love, The Orchard of Lost Souls is an unforgettable account of ordinary lives lived in extraordinary times (synopsis from Goodreads).

This is another book with some haunting scenes. It gives us the portraits of three women and their journeys as their world is torn apart. We are presented with the hardships that existed.  There was violence, poor medical treatment, poor living conditions and female castration.The story is told in a straight forward matter of fact style that provokes emotion. It is shocking at times, but I had to keep reading it to find out what was going to happen next! The history of Somalia is revealed to us by the day-to-day activities of these women. These three women become united at the end when all they have left is each other. It is a story of their survival in a country torn by war. I felt the book did an awesome job of describing the atmosphere and time period of the 1980s in Somalia. This book was a quick read and full of action. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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