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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Wordweaver Publishing House (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 999168896X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9991688961
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,402,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All races of people have good people populating the world.
Grapes
A well researched novel that is very enlightening about the Herero people, and how they suffered under German occupation of what is now Namibia.
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I highly recommend this well written and well researched story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lili Serebrov on June 20, 2013
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Years of meticulous research went into the making of this novel and the Amazon description does not do this work justice. Mama Namibia is as historically accurate as can be hoped of a novel and tells the moving story of Jahohora, whose descendents (alive in Namibia today) passed on her story. Jahohora's voice is distinctly African in a way that helps the reader to understand her culture. It is well written with consistency and candor.
The Voice of the Jewish doctor (the other main character) is a wonderful stylistic contrast to that of the young African girl, and the juxtaposition of their stories is striking.
One of the things I most enjoyed about this work is the very holistic sense of both Herero and Jewish cultures. Both cultures come to life as a result of the wealth of detail and as a result of the author's intimate relationship with both cultures. Mari is an adopted member of the Herero tribe along with her husband.
Read this book to be touched by the unimaginable resiliency of Jahohora, and to learn of the little known history that needs to be told.
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This is a very well researched Historical novel that takes place in South West Africa, Namibia. The Germans are at war with the Herrero and the Nami tribes. The Herrero are cattle raisers. The cattle herd is their most important way of surviving. When the Germans arrive, they decide to steal the cattle and land of the Herrero. Also, it is important to exterminate the Herrero. It is hoped that a genocide will be successful. I had to brace myself for all the horrors these people endured. The main character is Jahohora. She loses most of her family in death as they try to escape their lands and head out to the desert. For two years Jahohora wanders alone. She depends on her strength to survive and her wisdom to survive every day without being murdered by the soldiers. Her journey is long and amazing.

Her journey is so long and slightly repetitive that I almost gave up on the novel. However, I am glad to have finished it. As I think about it, a true journey like this one for the sake of survival and not pleasure would be tedious and repetitive. Mama Namibia by Mari Serebrov is worth every bit of time a reader gives it. Along the way Jahohora meets a Jewish doctor whom she will meet again. He is very compassionate. This led me to think of hope while reading the novel. No matter how horrible mankind becomes in his thoughts to other humans there is always a remnant of good people left with the bad. I suppose this happens so that we don't give up hope in living life on earth with our fellowman. All races of people have good people populating the world.

Mari Serebrov, the author, on this journey made me think about, as written, hope as well as enduring love. As Yaakov, the Jewish doctor, fights to hold on while seeing man treat other people so brutally, he writes his wife.
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By Wordsmith on April 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Even the cover captures the contrasting intrigue of this novel: A young native girl, standing tall, eyes cast down, with a background of rotting carcasses. The stories of the two principle characters are very human and detailed. The reader learns about the Herero tribe, it's culture and daily life through the eyes of Jahohora, a prepubescent girl, who escapes the massacre of her family by invading German troops. Jahohora's story is true: She survived, wandering the dessert for two years. The second character, Yaakov, is a Jewish doctor in the German army. Born in Germany, he wants to prove to himself and his father that Germany can be their home, their 'Fatherland'; that the prejudices they've experienced can be influenced.The paths of the two characters cross more than once. The reader can see how the genocide in 1904 of several African tribes serves as a template for the Holocaust. There are some necessarily horrific scenes. Until reading this novel, I had never come across any information about this atrocity. I highly recommend this well written and well researched story.
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