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Juggling Truths (2003)

by Unity Dow

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This book recounts a girl's life experiences in a village in Botswana around the time of Independence. The title refers to the many versions of reality the girl, Nei, struggles to understand and reconcile, the mythic stories of her grandmother, the practical wisdom of her mother, the confusing and sometimes self-contradictory teachings of the Catholic and Reformed Churches, and the sometimes brutally imparted knowledge of the elementary school teachers. While the book deals with serious subjects and confusions that Nei must struggle with, the tone is light and Nei's observations are often wise, often funny and occasionally mischievous. Actually, the only reason I would not rate it more highly is what I would see as formal weaknesses. It reads more like a loosely constructed memoir than a novel. It can be frustrating at times when an idea or plot line is not followed through but simply dropped. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
Of the Unity Dow's I've read, this is by far my favourite; possibly because it was my first but maybe also because of the law aspect. Eye-opening, and beautiful and written with stark clarity. ( )
  ott | Oct 24, 2006 |
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