- File Size: 1010 KB
- Print Length: 470 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 17, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IIVXLKY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,260,055 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Yesterday, when I sat down to finish my read it was just as though I had never stopped reading Milele. The characters are so strong and well written, the story is so captivating and strong I hadn’t forgotten any details. Kudos, Jan Hawke!!
As I’m not one to write spoilers, I won’t give away many details but I will say this: fans of complex and realistic characters and layered and deeply moving stories will love this book. But you need to have a strong heart to stomach some bits of the narrative as this isn’t an easy-breezy book. It’s one that will stick with you and maybe haunt you for a while. Don’t you love it when that happens? I do!
Before writing my review, I read the others - both here on the Kindle edition that I have and on the hard copy - for some reason Amazon has them separated even though they are the same book. The other reviews do a very good job, better than I could, of explaining the detail of the plot and substance of the story. I'll go in a different direction.
This is one of the tightest written books I have read in a very long time. The prose is excellent, the character development equally excellent. One of my pet peeves is when characters are built in one direction then act completely out of character - that never happened, not once, not even with Lyssa the leopard who we get the opportunity to see the world to include tourists from her unique perspective.
I mention Lyssa the leopard because not only does the author give us a rather believable view from the leopards perspective, in doing so she gives us one more angel on the rather amazing story world she develops throughout the book. As with the character development the story world is spot on. You will feel you are there.
This is a book of hope in an often hopeless land. The stories of monstrosities are told with the same excellence and genuineness that supports the characters and story world. I didn't find a single misstep. That is quite an accomplishment for a first time author with such a massive undertaking - this is not a small book or a lightweight topic.
An Eternal Journey is obviously a heart-felt undertaking by the author about a topic that has touched her deeply. If she writes on other topics equally as well, she will become a force in the literary world. I for one hope she continues to exercise her insightful understanding through her keen writing skills.
This, in essence, is the plot of the story presented in "Milele Safari." Yet the story is much deeper and very much darker than such a plot summary suggests.
For this is not Sophie's first trip to Africa, nor her first love affair. And – like the areas she visits now, and like the characters she meets – she is haunted by the tragic events of her earlier experience, which coincided with a widespread genocide.
"Milele Safari" is not in any sense an easy read. It moves steadily from present to past to present again, from the journals and memories of one character to those of another and another. It circles, always, around inexplicable hatreds and unremitting guilt. It does not shrink at shocking truths. At the same time, it never gives way to despair. If you are looking for a conventional thriller, or for a simplistic inspirational "message," you won't find either here.
What you WILL find is a hard look at the complexities of the human spirit, told in terms of modern Africa but pertinent to what has happened and is happening everywhere else in the world. And you'll find characters, situations, and places that will stay with you for a long time.
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Much has been said in previous reviews of this book that may lead a new reader into the false...Read more
It starts off well – the reader engages with the lead character, Sophie, and her back-story, as it is revealed, draws you in.Read more