|Plot Summary of The Place of Stunted Ironwood Trees|
|"Set in one of the most remote corners of Africa and emerging from the shadows of apartheid, this remarkable book chronicles the lives ofa dozen or so Himba over the course of a year and the experiences of a lifetime: birth, maturation, aging, and death; generosity and trust, accomplishment and failure. through subtle yet vivd description, the author draws the reader into a world that appears so utterly foreign. Yet as the leading characters' lives and personal qualitites, their joys. hopes, and anxieties, and moral dilemmas unfold, the exoticism of their world fades and the experience of life rings curiously familiar. Indeed, the extraordinary power of the narrative lies in its finely woven depiction of the great commonality of human life and the human condition in the midst of peculiar and foreign setting. In the end, the reader is left with a beautiful and compelling portrait of a world and a people in which the familiar and the strange freely mix and mingle. It is a powerful and beautiful read"
david p crandall, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Place of Stunted Ironwood Trees|
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Inside culture (main char)
Family, struggle with
- family young v. old guard
- visiting a culture in other country
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
- African Black
If story of urban/rural...
- Small town life
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- natural phenomena
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- an average amount
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
Kind of Africa:
- Black Africa
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
- No single main character?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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