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- File size : 1889 KB
- Publication date : April 24, 2007
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 289 pages
- Publisher : Scribner; Reprint edition (April 24, 2007)
- ASIN : B000QBYEOG
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,608,263 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Behind all the soul-searching, poignant analysis and honest reflection there is a very likeable author.I also enjoy the humor and slight sarcasm by which she pokes insight into relationships and changing attitudes. Her overall observations are acute, too: many marriages ended with the war or soon after, and the loss of identity and general exodus of whites left many families broken up or somehow alienated from eachother.
However, it has structural flaws. The first part is well-written. The last fifth is somehwat deflated and drags on disjointedly. She also fails to reveal some important underlying facts on which the story hinges.
Rainbow's End is an engaging story of her childhood on a wilf-life preserve in war-torn Africa. She explains the divide between blacks and whites from her young girl's perspective and illuminates us on how her opinions changed as she learned more about the differences. I was moved to do more research on the times and places that she described and that was most enjoyable too. Through all her trials, her knowledge and love of animals and people help her survive and grow in understanding the world around her.
In addition to eloquently describing the aura of the African bush, St. John's book was very deep from a relational perspective... her coming to terms with realizing that her entire life's reality as she knew it growing up, wasn't exactly the reality of the rest of her country/culture. I related to that, remembering the first time I realized that my family wasn't "normal" while everyone else was "different from us"... that there really is no "normal" and it is all relative in our perspective. Very deep and profound stuff.
I was also impressed with how she articulated coming to terms with her parents and realizing they are "human" and imperfect in their own ways. She came to understand the sacrifice her mother made, and that her father was far from the perfect man she thought he was. It really touched me and I believe this is key to the overall quality of the story, while it comes at the very end.
She tells of her Zimbabwean childhood, as the first daughter of a white farm manager, during the war that changed so much the country and its population. Lauren depicts herself as a shy tomboy, whose wish of owning a black stallion comes true, while her family struggles for balance. As her world changes and she realizes her parents' marriage is heading for disaster, she grows into a committed and torn young woman, able to spot the surreal aspects of her world and laugh at them, keeping at the same time all her compassion.