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The bite of the mango by Mariatu Kamara

The bite of the mango (2008)

by Mariatu Kamara, Susan McClelland

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I apparently have a soft spot for Sierra Leone. I loved Ishmael's book, A long way gone, and I really liked this book also. Both are such brave people for sharing THEIR personal stories! ( )
  patsaintsfan | May 23, 2014 |
I wanted to like this book more than I did and I feel a little bit bad about this review in advance. There are a few reasons why I didn't really connect with it as much as I'd hoped to and they are mostly based on what my initial expectations of the book were. Perhaps the fault lies more with me than with the writer, nevertheless, it's my personal review.

1. The history buff in me had hoped for a bit more background and insight to the civil war in Sierra Leone at that time. As it were, the book was very vague and simplistic when addressing the issues. Though, it is fair to say that perhaps this is in direct reference to the common, rural people of Sierra Leone not fully understanding the conflict themselves. However, for the sake of the book and it's readers, it would have been helpful to have.

2. The whole England portion of the book kind of rubbed me the wrong way. It's very hard to dislike (even that is too strong of a word, for me) somebody who has clearly suffered so much, but it is that suffering that had sort of led me to believe that Mariatu would have been a little bit more grateful for the opportunity she was given to leave the war-torn country she grew up in. The England portion of this book felt like complaint after complaint to me.

3. Based on the description, I'd expected more of the book to be about how she had adjusted to a life without her hands. To be frank, it's kind of her shtick (for lack of better word) and probably a pretty large reason why the book was published in the first place.

That said, I do sympathize with all the struggles and hardships faced and did enjoy, for the most part, reading about the strength it took to overcome it and find a way to live a better life. It was a very quick read and I do feel like I can connect a little bit more with a people that I knew little about previously. ( )
  ashleeeyyy88 | May 16, 2014 |
The true story of Mariatu Kamara, born in Sierra Leone, who endured the evils of civil war in her country before moving to Canada with the assistance of a sponsor family. ( )
  JMBridger | Feb 15, 2014 |
This autobiography tells the life story of a young African girls life. I never realized before reading this book how war can hurt people so much. Our protagonist suffers so much tragedy, loss, and pain in her life and truly connects with the readers on such a personal level. It's almost hard to believe what you're reading is real which is why I recommend it. People need to understand what it's like in some parts of Africa and this book can help that understanding grow. ( )
  BookSeekers | Dec 28, 2013 |
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When Mariatu set out for a neighborhood village in Sierra Leone, she was kidnapped and tortured, and both of her hands cut off. She turned to begging to survive. This heart-rending memoir is a testament to her courage and resilience. Today she is a UNICEF Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.… (more)

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