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Interesting details of farm life I enjoyed it I love books about African farm life be it Botswana or Zimbabwe, and this book was everything I wanted. Elise Loves The Farm That Is Her Home She Loves Playing With Beetles And Chameleons In The Garden, Buying Sweets From The Village Shop And Listening To The Stories Of Spirits And Charms Told By Her Nanny, Beauty As A Young White Girl In S Zimbabwe, Her Life Is Idyllic Her Clothes Are Always Clean And Ironed, There Is Always Tea In The Silver Teapot, Gin And Tonics Are Served On The Veranda, And, In Theory At Least, Black And White Live In HarmonyHowever This Dream World Of Her Childhood Cannot Last As Elise Gets Older, Her Eyes Are Opened To The Complexities Of Adult Existence, Both Through The Changes Wrought In Her Family By The Arrival Of Her Step Father Steve, And Through Her Growing Understanding Of The Tensions In Zimbabwean Society As Mugabe S Presidency Turns Sour, The Privileged World Of The White Farmers Begins To Crumble Into Anarchy The Cry Of The Go Away Bird Follows Elise As She Attempts To Make Sense Of Her Place In The World While Her Family Struggle To Stay Afloat In The Collapsing Economy And Escalating Horror That Surrounds Them As The Violence Intensifies And The Farm Invasions Begin, Elise And Her Family Are Forced To Confront Difficult Choices And The Ancient Unforgiving Ghosts Of The Past I thought this book realistically portrayed the life of a white teenage girl and her family during the years that Mugabe rose to power in Zimbabwe I appreciated the perspective of a white Zimbabwean and how this was her country but that she felt she no longer belonged and had to leave because of the colour of her skin. Elise loves the farm that is her home she loves playing with beetles and chameleons in the garden, buying sweets from the village shop and listening to the stories of spirits and charms told by her nanny, Beauty As a young white girl in 1990s Zimbabwe, her life is idyllic Her clothes are always clean and ironed, there is always tea in the silver teapot, gin and tonics are served on the veranda, and, in theory at least, black and white live in harmony.However this dream world of her childhood cannot last As Elise gets older, her eyes are opened to the complexities of adult existence, both through the changes wrought in her family by the arrival of her step father Steve, and through her growing understanding of the tensions in Zimbabwean society As Mugabe s presidency turns sour, the privileged world of the white farmers begins to crumble into anarchy.The Cry of the Go Away Bird follows Elise as she attempts to make sense of her place in the world while her family struggle to stay afloat in the collapsing economy and escalating horror that surrounds them As the violence intensifies and the farm invasions begin, Elise and her family are forced to confront De schettervogel of toerako wordt ook wel go away bird genoemd en is in Zimbabwe een veelvoorkomende, onopvallende, grijze vogel met een spookachtige, hoge roep gowee, gowee ga weg, ga wegElise hoort hem dagelijks.In De roep van de schettervogel volgen we een paar jaar uit het leven van vertelster Elise Aan het begin van het boek is ze twaalf, aan het einde veertien Het verhaal begint rond het jaar 2000 en speelt zich af in het Zimbabwe onder bewind van dictator Robert Mugabe Voor de blanke Elise is het leven dan nog een grote idylle Haar vader is gestorven toen ze heel klein was maar ze mist hem eigenlijk niet Ze leeft met haar moeder een volmaakt leventje in een huis op het terrein van de boerderij waar haar moeder een baan heeft, omringd door bediendes en andere werknemers Elise komt niets te kort, er is voldoende eten en drinken en ze speelt vaak met zwarte kinderen uit de buurt Zwart en blank leven in harmonie met elkaar, in ieder geval op het eerste gezicht.Maar dan kantelt Elise s wereld Mugabe s volgelingen beginnen met de boerderijbezettingen, verjagen de blanke boeren en beginnen te plunderen en te moorden Haar moeder besluit te gaan samenwonen met Steve en ze verhuizen naar een huis op het terrein van de veiliger gelegen tabaksboerderij van Mark Cooper, waar ze allebei werk hebben gevonden.In eerste instantie dringt de ernst van de situatie niet door tot de na eve Elise Ze sluit vriendschap met de zoon van Cooper, en op school met het zwarte Shona meisje Kurai.Naarmate het verhaal vordert raakt Elise steeds beter doordrongen van de ellendige situatie waarin het land verkeert En van de verschillen tussen zwart en blank Ze begint te begrijpen dat niet iedereen gelijk is, en dat ook niet iedereen hetzelfde denkt en vindt In Zimbabwe wonen was net zoiets als een lastige jongere broer of zus hebben Het land was luidruchtig, storend en onbeschoft Het eiste al je aandacht op, vrat energie, verpestte gezinsuitstapjes en gesprekken aan tafel, en s nachts lag iedereen te piekeren hoe het verder met hem moest Al onze problemen draaiden om de problemen van Zimbabwe.Als het echt gevaarlijk wordt en meer en meer blanken Zimbabwe verlaten en naar Groot Brittanni , Nieuw Zeeland en Australi gaan, verkast het gezin van Elise naar een hotel in Harare Steve en haar moeder blijven wel werken op de boerderij, overdag zijn er genoeg collega s op het terrein, maar ze durven niet meer in hun huis te slapen.Het boek springt van de hak op de tak, daar moet je een beetje aan wennen Maar het past heel goed bij gedachtewereld van zo n jong meisje en de situatie waarin ze zich bevindt Ik merkte dat mijn gedachten rondfladderden als een vliegende mier, heel even op iets landden, om vervolgens naar iets anders over te springen, bijna zonder een voetafdruk achter te laten.Auteur Andrea Eames is zelf opgegroeid in Zimbabwe, en heeft de boerderijbezettingen meegemaakt Het verhaal bevat dan ook autobiografische elementen In Nederland zijn bijzonder weinig romans over Zimbabwe verkrijgbaar, zeker niet over de tijd van de boerderijbezettingen Alleen al daarom is De roep van de schettervogel de moeite waard om te lezen Daarnaast is het mooi geschreven en goed vertaald, met zorgvuldig gekozen bewoordingen. This book reads like a Memoir The story is so close to many of the events that happened to the white farmers of Zimbabwe, it makes painful reading because so much is true In fact if anything I was d8ssapointed at the end if the book that it was represented as fiction It s a good story, well told but fiction Most of the backstory is most certainly not even the front story must be based closely on real peope events of the time I know, I was born there. Certainly not what I was expecting and I couldn t connect to it. It had been a little while okay, a couple weeks since I d had a page turner and I found it in Andrea Eames book I d first heard about it when I attended a panel she was on, at AWP about publishing global fiction I was interested in the things she said and in what I d heard about her book, so I bought it online it hasn t been published in the States, btw, but everything s available on it seems.I knew only a little about Zimbabwe and Mugabe before I read this book, but I think this story gave me a human perspective It s one sided, of course, since it s a white perspective, but I found it extremely compelling to hear this story from a teenage girl I think choosing that character as a narrator was a good choice There are occasionally paragraphs that sounds expository, like they d come from a social studies or history book, but they were short and, since I m so ignorant, I appreciated a bit of background Some of the metaphors were a little obvious but they also had ominous weight And there were quite a few lines that I highlighted to be honest, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the writing, since I ve also read some less than favorable comments about her as a writer.All in all, I enjoyed it and would recommend it, especially to anyone who s interested in the general subject matter of the book It made me think a lot about black white race relations all over the world while I was reading, I kept thinking about Kathryn Stockett s The Help and J M Coetzee s Disgrace. The Cry of the Go Away Bird is a powerful coming of age novel that deserves a huge audience this is a story that should be read Like many coming of age novels, Eames has managed to create a character neither that likeable nor aspirational, but defiantly relatable.This book explores so many different themes, but all so simply and evocatively it s hard as a reviewer to express my admiration enough This book is incredibly important as it expresses the horror and fear of people hated because of their race in a clear and accessible way Excerpt from full review of The Cry of the Go Away Bird at For Books Sake