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Maru 1st Edition
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This review will be full of SPOILERS, because the book is only 127 pages long and so nearly everything is a spoiler, and also to fully explain my confusion. But the story begins at the end, so it isn't exactly a suspense-driven narrative.
Margaret is an orphan from a poor, marginalized and much-hated tribe in Botswana, but she's raised by a missionary, gets an education and becomes a teacher. Her first job is in a remote village where she knows no one, and many of the locals are horrified when they learn of her ethnicity. She handles this situation with grace, and finds fulfillment in setting up her home, developing her artistic talents, a friendship with another teacher and a crush on a local Lothario, who reciprocates her interest.
Enter Maru, the Lothario's best friend and the other teacher's brother, and here's where it gets weird. After one brief meeting, in which he confiscates her bed, Maru decides he wants to marry Margaret. So, he apologizes for his poor behavior and begins courting her, proving himself more steadfast than his friend... no wait, he doesn't, because that would make sense. Actually, he keeps his distance, has other people spy on her for him, and threatens his friend to stay away, ultimately coercing him into marrying Margaret's best friend. Margaret is heartbroken over this development, and Maru, of course, is concerned for her well-being:
"`Is she sick, Ranko?' he said smiling. `Is she dying? Don't worry about that. Let her suffer a bit.Read more ›
The main character Maru is deeply sensitive and is aware of his emotions, and also of the world around him. He feels the earth, the air, and the motions of life. With logic and love, Maru is able to create solutions beneficial for all. Dark thundercloud is what his name means, and it is overtly shown with his looming wisdom and powerful mind. Though despite his goodness, a balance is still needed. Moleka acts as an opposite to Maru, and so their society is able to flourish in a state of perfect equilibrium.
The book Maru dazzles the audience, and acts as a beacon of hope. Yet, with its poetic writing style, readers are able to interpret the novel for themselves and create themes beyond what I have already stated. I strongly recommend the thought provoking, and entrancing novel, Maru.
Written by Molly and Michael.
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Maru is a simplistic story written in a complex way. The narrative begins in the future, before quickly jumping back to the past and moving chronologically towards the end. Read morePublished on May 25, 2014 by Nathan Reinholz
The plot of Maru is a lot easier to understand once you realize that there doesn't seem to be any deeper meaning to the words on the page. Read morePublished on May 23, 2014 by Katherine D. Morgan
Maru of Bessie head is great writing. It is a book that explores issues of prejudice, love, jealousy and betrayal. Well written and beautifully told storyPublished on February 9, 2014 by Afro Book Club
One of my favorite books. I loved reading it in college and I enjoyed reading it again. I'm so glad I could download it.Published on February 8, 2014 by Star19
When people of Dilepe village heard about the marriage of Maru, they began to talk about him as if he had died. Read morePublished on August 23, 2005 by Cindy Kotze
We had to read this book for school, and as I read it, I had several words for it. Plodding, prattering, rote, banal, boring. Read morePublished on April 11, 2001 by George Buttner