So from being a bittersweet celebration of how kids manage to live their own lives amongst adult cruelty and economic catastrophe the story then changes gear, very smoothly, and becomes about awkwardness — the square peg in a round hole-ness of the immigrant experience. Reading correctly, of course, seems to be implied that it should be read in the way you read it. Pages to import images to Wikidata. The title reflects on her change of perception about her country, her new destiny and the changes it all brought in her life. There were moments reading this book that I literally gasped from shock. At the deathbed of an Aids victim, Darling and her friends gather around, excited and confused; then they suddenly begin to sing for him:

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We follow her from the age of ten to about age fourteen. For NoViolet Bulawayo, this is a universal experience among migrants.

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

America is nothing like the life she thought she would have, nothing like the dreams of owning her dream car and being a millionaire. Dec 04, Kelly and the Book Boar rated it really liked it Shelves: It took me almost to the end to get my interpretation of this book straight, since I was thrown off the scent by a snippet of praise from Peter Godwin “NoViolet Bulawayo is a powerful, authentic nihilistic voice – feral, feisty, funny”.

Darling is also aware of the people who are in the Detroit sitting room with her: Darling does not like to ask. Jul 31, Ellie rated it really liked it Shelves: Darling is also aware of the people who are in the Detroit sitting room with her:.


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But each experience of the world is unique! I admire the authors passion to this subject. Then you have to carefully arrange those words in your head. The book stops here. For really, what is the purpose of suffering in literature, especially in a coming-of-age novel, but to serve as midwife to spiritual and psychological growth? Both cannot be true. She sees her milieu in a wry, amused way — a comedy of American and immigrant manners that is a veneer upon the endless embarrassing compromises that have to be made.

Feb 08, Margitte rated it really liked it Shelves: Bulawayo writes a small scene in this chapter about putting on loud music so no one will hear and wailing wailing wailing over the grief of a dead parent you never saw again.

There’s even a rather inexplicable chapter on how the Chinese are taking over Africa, and how, as one of the street kids puts it, the Chinese “are not even our friends”. The novel is a collection of discrete events, almost linked short stories.

Cut these by half and they’d have still been distinctive and memorable. Nobody laughs with him and there is this hot fire of silence…… [p. Those with ambitions are crossing borders.

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo – review

Still told in episodic chapters, Darling appears to lose her vibrant and innocent voice; it becomes more mature and even, but also flatter. What are you doing not in your country right now? At first it worked, namds a nine-year-old girl shared her memories, but then she becomes a grown-up and by the time this tale is told, she is already on her way to college, yet the confusion remained in the text.


But Darling is going to leave-she has an aunt in the United States “Destroyedmichygan”. The intense longing for home yet never wanting to go back. Darling makes every effort to “fit in” and to adapt to the realities she encounters. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the noviopet left for dangerous jobs abroad. Its meaning seems to shift or float freely, suggesting a buffeted will.

Darling has an aunt in the USA and she often tells her friends of her and that she will move to America to live with her aunt and we need new names by noviolet bulawayo experience everything that goes with wealth and comfort: Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate hulawayo fragile and violent world. The destruction of her computer is something too serious to deal with.

For Darling its America, where she goes to be with her auntie, to find an education.