Saturday, August 28, 2010

Looking for the "Black Mamba Boy" // Debut Novel by Nadifa Mohamed chronicles a Somali orphan's odyssey

Article in Full Here // Excerpt Below

by Lorraine Adams

Nadifa Mohamed’s ambitious first novel tells the story of a Somali orphan’s odyssey from Yemen to Djibouti, onward to Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt, Palestine, Marseille, Hamburg and Wales — and ultimately to an epiphany in London. Toward the end of this trek, the hero meets up with an old friend, with whom he competes “over who had walked the farthest, starved the longest, felt the most hopeless; they were athletes in the hard-luck Olympics.”

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