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Yasmin Ladha's experimental and provocative novel weaves story, essay, and poem together in an exquisite exploration of the ways in which one can love a country....

Title : Blue Sunflower Startle
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ISBN : 9781554810161
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 168 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Blue Sunflower Startle Reviews

  • Rebecca Foster
    2019-04-11 00:07

    As its title suggests, Blue Sunflower Startle is jolting and often disorienting. Ladha’s language surprises, as in “little mounds of jasmine beds, gentle as babies’ graves.” The novel opens in Tanzania in 1964, when the unnamed narrator is six years old. Among a dizzying plurality of ethnicities, religions and languages, she struggles to construct a coherent identity. ‘Home’ for these characters is not so much a place as an emotion, often triggered by food. Indeed, Ladha’s most common metaphors are culinary; she consistently renders food a symbol of comfort and nostalgia: “Puddings assert home” and “Home is where kebabs are served with coriander chutney.”(Full review in Wasafiri literary magazine, Volume 29, Issue 1.)

  • Coralie
    2019-04-10 03:12

    I think I would have appreciated this book more had I been familiar with any of the locations mentioned.

  • Deirdre
    2019-04-19 03:17