Nhamo is an unloved, unwanted orphan. And rather than face a hateful marriage she decides to flee her Mozambique village. Alone for the first time in her twelve years she paddles upriver towards Zimbabwe in her canoe. She sees off hippo and crocodiles, narrowly escapes drowning and survives for months on an island with only baboons for company. As ...
Nhamo is an unloved, unwanted orphan. And rather than face a hateful marriage she decides to flee her Mozambique village. Alone for the first time in her twelve years she paddles upriver towards Zimbabwe in her canoe. She sees off hippo and crocodiles, narrowly escapes drowning and survives for months on an island with only baboons for company. As if this were not enough, she is conscious wherever she goes of the spirits crowding around her - the benign shade of her mother, and the witches and other destructive spirits who must constantly be appeased. Nhamo is a heroine of unquenchable courage. Her transition from half-starved wild child to a strong, independent young woman with a place in the modern world gives a tender, moving and warmhearted quality to an extraordinary adventure story.
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Publishers Weekly, 1996-10-28 Farmer (The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm; The Warm Place, see p. 84) returns to Africa for the setting of this gripping adventure, equally a survival story and a spiritual voyage. When cholera decimates a village in Mozambique, a muvuki (traditional healer) identifies the cause of the illness as the work of an ngozi (avenging spirit) who had been slain by the orphan Nhamo's father. The muvuki decrees that Nhamo must marry the ngozi's surviving brother-a diseased and brutal man. Urged by her grandmother, Nhamo runs away, in hopes of finding her father's family in Zimbabwe. The two- or three-day boat trip, however, turns into a months-long odyssey through wilderness, where Nhamo must call upon all the skills she has ever learned in order to stay alive. Farmer overlays this suspenseful tale with a rich and respectful appreciation of Nhamo's beliefs. Without slowing the pace or changing her tone, she interpolates folktales that illuminate Shona culture; she also casts Nhamo's ordeal in terms of the spirit world, so that Nhamo confronts not just wild animals but witches, and communes not just with memories but with ancestral spirits. Nhamo herself is a stunning creation-while she serves as a fictional ambassador from a foreign culture, she is supremely human. An unforgettable work. Ages 11-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1998-02-16 This 1997 Newbery Honor book, which is set in Africa, is both a survival story and a spiritual voyage. "[The heroine] is a stunning creationæwhile she serves as a fictional ambassador from a foreign culture, she is supremely human. An unforgettable work," said PW in a starred review. Ages 10-14. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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