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Adé: A Love Story Hardcover – October 29, 2013
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"Memoirist Walker makes her fiction debut with a short, sad tale of love that flowers but cannot take root in Kenya. The prose is gorgeous." —Kirkus Reviews
“Vivid… [Adé] will not soon be forgotten.” —New York Journal of Books
“[Adé] reads like a memoir, and its prose is as concentrated and image filled as a parable. Readers will relish the dreamlike story of love and surrender.”—Library Journal
“A fiction debut that is as much a novel of self-discovery and identity as a lucent love story.” —Booklist
“Walker’s prose aches with longing, and a knowingness… [Adé] feels as though it’s told in the weighty quiet of a late night conversation.” —STETnyc.com
“I want to say Adé reads like a memoir, but this heartbreaking, poetic tale of romance versus reality does more than that: it reads like truth. Lush, sensual, seductive, Adé is written with as much love as the story it tells.” —MAT JOHNSON, author of Pym
“In luminous, dreamlike prose, Rebecca Walker has written more than a love story: Adé explores the difficulty of fleeing one’s origins, of relinquishing privilege, even in the name of love.” —DANZY SENNA, author of You Are Free and Caucasia
“Brief and intense, Adé is a surprise gem–a sensuous feast of food, sex, danger, and the life of awakened senses from one of our most celebrated nonfiction writers. A lyrical novel as timeless as Marguerite Duras’s The Lover.” —MOLLY PEACOCK, author of The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life’s Work at 72
“If you’ve ever dared to love outside the predictable geography of your origins, or wished you had, this beautiful novel will grab your heart and not let go.” —BLISS BROYARD, author of One Drop: My Father’s Hidden Life–A Story of Race and Family Secrets
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Landing in Cairo Egypt she and Miriam traveled south, feeling the land deeply familiar. They soon were dehydrated from the heat and saw a doctor. As they learned to keep time by muezzins call to prayer, they could feel the silent intense observations and stares of the women hidden in the hajab covering of muslim dress. The men mostly wore white shirts and skullcaps. Taking a fast dip in the Nile River, they traveled seeing the vastness of the Arabian Sea and the desolation of the Sinai desert, and Mount Sinai, where Moses received the 10 Commandments. In the desert they marveled at how their tour guides navigated around without landmarks, maps, or a compass. Miriam was annoyed at the tourists overall and the disrespect of Muslim men towards women.
They traveled by ferry to "Lamu" the island of sand and stone, in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Kenya. Here, our narrator meets Ade`, a handsome young highly respected Swahili man, who worked very hard, visited his mother in the evenings at Ramadan, and gave her all his money to support their large family. His mother, was one of his father's five wives, who all lived away together on another island.Read more ›
First, I hesitate to call it a novel because it is so short. More like a novella. Then, for anyone who has read her memoir, you will see that half of the book is borrowed from her real life. Ugh.
I know that writers infuse themselves into their characters but this is a whole new level. I was hoping for creativity. Something new and refreshing from her, but I was sadly let down.
The book is an extension of her memoir with a standard love story woven through. By the time you start caring about this couple, she's quickly ending the story.
She's lucky she had the connections to get this published.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rebecca weaves such an intricate tale of what love endures. I was sorry to reach the end. Bravo, Ms. Walker!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Oh, when we were young. Rebecca's book does a wonderful job of portraying that early/first love....how we just fall into it with more of ourselves than we knew existed without a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jen Aly
Beautifully descriptive writing, painted pictures for me.Published 6 months ago by Christine Powers
Great read not many pages but a beautiful read. Would recommend this book to friendsPublished 11 months ago by Gloria Langham
I reading this love story. I would recommend it to others to read. This book kept me interested and wanting to know what would come next.Published 13 months ago by DBoston