The wonderful writer, Edwina Dandicat, recounts her life and the life of her family, particularly the Haitian uncle with whom she spent her early childhood. I listened to this just as the recent earthquake and its devastation was being broadcast on all the media and it gave me a human context to the recent history, the land, and its people. However, beyond that, it is a powerful memoir of a family, their love, their courage, and the ties that bind. I enjoyed the reading very much. It enhanced the story.
Although the premise of the book sounds morbid, it is an interesting and ultimately redemptive book. It is told in the voice of a 5 year old with other characters being voiced in this recording as well.(as other characters with different readers). What is particularly interesting and creative about this book is the way it imagines a young character trying to make sense of a limited world and what lies outside it. Its orignilality and warmth make it a wonderful experience, and the readers are excellent.
While I greatly enjoyed this book and found it an interesting reminder of conditions in our country not so long ago, I thought that the readers on this recording made it particularly outstanding. The variety of voices and the acting made this feel almost like watching a very engrossing theater performance. It was hard to stop listening!
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