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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 (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I don't think this was the most well written book but it was fascinating. I learned so much about the German occupation and genocide. Man's inhumanity to man continues. This book shows how the Germans used this war as a practice run for the genocide of WWII. Another good read on this topic is
The Kaiser's Holocaust.
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I started reading "Mama Namibia" months ago. A friend of mine told me her book club had read it and liked it. But I didn't like the writing style. As the book starts out, it is the first-person account of a young girl written in present tense. The sentences are choppy and simplistic and, frankly, highly annoying. Example: "Yellow cow calls to us. It's time to milk. I help Mama stand up. Tate laughs. She makes a funny face at him." I didn't think I could read a whole book like that. So I put it aside. This summer I picked it up again because I was on a trip and had little else. As I got further into the book, the young girl's sentences got longer and it was easier to read, plus another character was added. Eventually I found myself thoroughly drawn into the story and I didn't want to put it down. As other reviewers had noted, this is not a part of African or European history that most people learn about. The book has obviously been meticulously researched. The characters seemed real, and the story line had no false notes. For me, that's saying a lot because I'm a picky reader. I recommend the book and would look forward to another by the same author.
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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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Mari Serebrov's Mama Namibia weaves together the parallel paths of the young Herero girl, Jahohora, and a Jewish doctor serving in the German army in South West Africa during a shameful period of plunder and genocide -- and does so with simplicity, humanity and a visceral feeling for the land and people she writes about. One of the passages that particularly sticks with me is when Jahohora encounters the old Herero man she once saved from near death; he is now one of those hunting down the remaining Herero in the desert. The passage speaks of the hard choices people face -- and make -- in the struggle to survive. This book is a must read for anyone who is interested in history, troubled by its propensity to repeat itself and stunned that this story has never been told to a large audience before. It leaves the reader wondering how many more genocides have been quietly buried in the past.
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