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Books by Mia Couto. Trivia About Sleepwalking Land.

Published February 21st by Serpent’s Tail first published It is a charming book, but not a cheerful one. The reader is never confronted with it directly, which can be frustrating. Such an enjoyable read. Couto gives us dream-like sequences of horror laced with magical realism.

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View all 3 comments. As the boy reads the story to his elderly companion, this story and their own develop in tandem. All in all I appreciate Couto’s perceived reasoning behind examining the Mozambican Civil War through the lens of magical realism, but for me personally it was not a reading journey I enjoyed or would want to revisit. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

It goes without saying that it was a horrifying period in Mozambican history. Historical FictionMagic Realism. Though I find Couto to be more in control of his novel than Orki was with The Famished Road; the story is tighter, the prose more precise.

Set in a war-torn Mozambique during the end of the civil war when the tension sona,bula rival political parties was at its highest point, Tuahir, an older man, and Muidinga, a boy recovering from illness, met at the refugee camp and fled.

So nightly journal entries alternate with sequences about their daily activities. Lists with This Book. But there are still great moments, and the book probably deserves three stars for dialogue like this alone. miw

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Muidinga and Tuahir take the notebooks with them into the scorched remnants of the bus that they use as a shelter. Retrieved from ” https: Here is a selection of literary gems from a couple of dozens I marked while reading, that show the power of his writing.

What a powerful and reflective book about the aftermath of war. And What a powerful and reflective book about the aftermath of war. Aug 08, Val rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dec 27, Aneta rated it it was ok.

Jul 17, couo jean rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is one of the most gorgeous, devastating and disturbing books I’ve ever read. The notebook will be a grand diversion for the two men from their meager lives.

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It’s traumatic writing, cracked clear through and showing the other side. Sep 02, Jim Fonseca rated it it was amazing Shelves: During the course of the war, which ended infive million pe Normally I reserve my 5-star rating for tried and true books, books that I’ve returned to again and again.

A man tries to dig a river with his own hands to separate himself from the gangs and soldiers, mis the water will wash them all away. Cheio de neologismos e poesia.

I think I went into it expecting it to be a more or less straightforward historical fiction account of the Mozambican Civil War, but I quickly realized that it was going to be one that relied almost solely on magical realism in the telling. Bands of soldiers murdered, raped, burned and plundered across the countryside with no plan or logic. Na altura, pouco percebi, no entanto gostei. The boy dreams of finding his parents but his companion warns him not to even think of it because children are such a burden to parents in this strife-torn land.

I did not like it. Aside from that certain events were just downright disturbing, and I wasn’t sure why they were included at all, since they seemingly had nothing at all to do with the story itself or the over-arching theme of war an example of this is when Tuahir begins touching Muidinga in a sexual way on p.

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War and profiteering and dreams and love, women and animals and monsters. Apr 01, Lucinda rated it really liked it Shelves: I may not receive it until after Christmas, but would anyone who’s reading it like a reading partner?

I can’t explain this to you, except to say it’s a book I read with wide eyes and half-breaths — maybe I just mean it It’s like someone with a mind half Kafka and half Cormac McCarthy, the dreamstates of Doris Lessing, and the ever-loving heart of couot mother of everybody lived in the thick of the Mozambiquan civil war, and wrote a book about it. An old woman in a refugee campus spends all her time in heavy physical labor because she knows she will be abandoned once she is no longer useful.

The reader is never confronted with it directly, wh This is my second novel by Mia Couto and I am definitely noticing some themes in his writing – dislocation, disorientation and isolation in or through war being terfa main one. The narration alternates fouto conversations between Sonambua and Muidinga with the entries of the notebooks being read aloud by the latter. Don’t seek your relatives any more, those who have left for other lands in search of peace.

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