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By NoViolet Bulawayo | Comments: ( 551 ) | Date: ( Jan 28, 2020 )

An exciting literary debut the unflinching and powerful story of a young girl s journey out of Zimbabwe and to America.Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo s belly, and grasp at memories of Before Before their homes were destroyed byAn exciting literary debut the unflinching and powerful story of a young girl s journey out of Zimbabwe and to America.Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo s belly, and grasp at memories of Before Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad.But Darling has a chance to escape she has an aunt in America She travels to this new land in search of America s famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few NoViolet Bulawayo s debut calls to mind the great storytellers of displacement and arrival who have come before her from Junot Diaz to Zadie Smith to J.M Coetzee while she tells a vivid, raw story all her own.

  • Title: We Need New Names
  • Author: NoViolet Bulawayo
  • ISBN: 9780316230810
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

NoViolet Bulawayo

NoViolet Bulawayo pen name of Elizabeth Tshele is a Zimbabwean author, and Stegner Fellow at Stanford University 2012 2014.Bulawayo won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story Hitting Budapest, about a gang of street children in a Zimbabwean shantytown.Her first novel We Need New Names 2013 was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, making her the first African female writer to earn this distinction She has begun work on a memoir project.

Comments We Need New Names

  • Rowena

    This is a book that really grew on me. It starts off following a group of children in Zimbabwe: Darling, Stina, Chipo, Bastard and Godknows, seemingly innocent children living in a not so innocent environment. As a child, Darling and friends lived in shanty towns in Zimbabwe after Mugabe’s paramilitary police bulldozed down their homes. They spent their days stealing guavas,getting into mischief and daydreaming about the typical things African kids do- about eating good food and ultimately bec [...]

  • Samadrita

    EDIT 10/09/2013:- Oh boy! This has been included in the shortlist despite my misgivings to the contrary. Heartiest congratulations to NoViolet Bulawayo! Books like this one have me fumbling around for the right approach to review them, because they try to cram in too much within the scope of a regular sized novel and consequently just stop short of resonating strongly with the reader. It's like Bulawayo had a message to give me, something potent and fiercely honest enough to burn right through a [...]

  • Richard Derus

    I had a spirited chat with a fan of this book. She (naturally) stated I was behaving in a sexist manner and implied, with dark tones of voice, that I was probably a racist too, because I don't think this is a particularly good book, and *certainly* don't think it's Booker-worthy.Rating: 2.75* of fiveThe Publisher Says: A remarkable literary debut -- shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize! The unflinching and powerful story of a young girl's journey out of Zimbabwe and to America.Darling is on [...]

  • Paul Bryant

    A few years ago I was listening to one of those From our Own Correspondent programmes on the BBC. A female journalist was on an assignment in Mali and had got herself completely lost. She drove up to this village the middle of nowhere and a whole crowd of teenagers spotted her and came crowding around. She noticed with a jolt that they all had Osama Bin Laden t-shirts on. With a sinking feeling, she figured that she might be in some serious trouble. They demanded to know who she was. She told th [...]

  • Mary

    I don’t think I’ve ever rated a book based mostly on its second-last chapter, but I think that’s what I did here. For the majority of this book I thought it was an average read. The first part with the child narrator in Zimbabwe was ok, but so scattered and not overly interesting (how many times can the kids steal guavas, eat guavas, get constipated from guavas?). It felt like a bunch of observations and anecdotes, some standalone short stories even, not really a cohesive novel. Then the c [...]

  • Paul

    4.5 stars rounded up. I had read mixed reviews of this novel with comments focussing on it being disjointed or running through a ticklist of African problems to squeeze in them all. Some have taken issues with the first half of the book, some with the second half. It is the story of Darling; she is born in Zimbabwe and in the first part of the book she is ten years old. Darling and her gang of friends Chipo, Godknows, Bastard, Stina and Sbho, do pretty much what children left to their own device [...]

  • Margitte

    Darling is a dispossessed soul in conflict with everything she ever knew. She grew up in Buluwayo, Zimbabwe, but never really names the country or its leader until in her acknowledgement at the end of the book. In truly picturesque prose Darling shares her memories of violence, pseudo-religious events headed by Prophet Revelations Bitchington Mborro on the mountain, and numerous incidences of hunger, and the joy of their childhood games like 'Catching Osama Ben Ladin", 'Country-game" and "Vasco [...]

  • Moses Kilolo

    You may love a book and hate it at the same time. I did, for this one. Why love? Too many reasons, African, Man Booker tagging at it, youngish writer, and a powerful and unique style that is not too easy to forget. Why hate? Because, because, why cram in a million things into a single book? At some point I felt like I was reading a reportage of Zimbabwe and the American immigrant experience all rolled into a tight, clever, linkage to the main character incidents and (mis)adventures. So that the [...]

  • Rick Riordan

    Hard to say what drew me to this book -- the author's name is just awesome. The cover is eye-catching. The reviews have been stellar. Also, I've long been interested in the painful history of Zimbabwe (once British colonial Rhodesia) since I tried to figure out how to teach this hugely complex subject and do it justice in my middle school social studies classroom. (I can't say that I ever really succeeded.) Bulawayo writes a searingly beautiful story -- a fictionalized memoir -- about a young gi [...]

  • Trish

    NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut novel has just been added to the long list for the 2013 Booker Prize. A short story of hers called “Hitting Budapest” won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Literature and became the first of several astounding chapters inNew Names. The work feels brave and completely fresh--raw even. The perspective, voice, and language held me spellbound.On Bulawyao’s websiteis a quote from Chinua Achebe: “Let no one be fooled by the fact that we may write in English, for we i [...]

  • Maxwell

    2.5 starsI'm really sad because this book started off with so much promise, but it completely lost me in the second half. My main issue with this book is that Bulawayo didn't leave the reader with any ideas to develop on their own. She uses her characters as mouthpieces for her ideologies--not that I disagree with any of her statements--which makes for a rather pedantic piece of fiction. If I had wanted these themes & messages delivered in the way she delivers them, I would've read some non- [...]

  • Elyse

    This book was chosen as 'Book of The Year" Here in San Jose, California.The story is told through the eyes of a 10 year old girl named'Darling', who first grew up in Zimbabwe. The first half of the book she lives in the slum called Paradise.Darling and her friends play in the streetseal guavas Look for other food.Living with extreme povertyd daily life difficulties ,Darling seems to accept her life. Her friendstye still her home. It's what she knows. During the second half of the book, when Darl [...]

  • Tinashe Mushakavanhu

    I have always wanted to read myself in contemporary Zimbabweanliterature. We Need New Names does just that for me and more. Itevokes songs of my childhood, games we played and other familiarmemories such as falling off a neighbour's guava tree. And nobody whohas ever lived in a township forgets - the buzzy streets, the jostlinghumanity, the smells and sounds, the vivacity and the infinitevariety.NoViolet Bulawayo harnesses all her creative energy and formidablecommand of craft to produce a debut [...]

  • Ellie

    Darling is 10-she lives in a shantytown in Zimbabwe. Like any child, she plays with her friends but their games are fraught with danger. They are surrounded by violence that can explode at any time. Just a few years earlier, Darling lived in a real house and her parents had good jobs. Now the political situation has changed and their homes were bulldozed and they were forced into this makeshift village.But Darling is going to leave-she has an aunt in the United States ("Destroyedmichygan"). And [...]

  • Yasmin

    More like 3.5 starse beginning while raw and realistic was slow for mee second half picked up and was more engaging. Not sure that I would classify this as a novel as the plot wasn't linear but seemed more like a group of short stories meshed together. Also, the character development wasn't flushed out for some of the characterse pregnant friend, the dying father, the crazy uncle soon as their stories began they ended. Enjoyed reading about the cultural, food, family, childrearing nuancesbut the [...]

  • Tania

    There are times, though, that no matter how much food I eat, I find the food does nothing for me, like I am hungry for my country and nothing is going to fix that.3.5 stars. I loved that the kids in the story were typical kids and just adapted to their circumstances and kept on playing their made-up games. The author definitely has a sense of humour and you can see this in the names she chose for these kids (Bastard, Godknows etc), but this was still a very dark and unsettling book. Darling (the [...]

  • Antonomasia

    This had been on my radar for a while, but due to a few disappointing reviews I doubt I would have bothered with it if I hadn't been reading the Booker longlist. And whilst the book's not perfect, it was a great deal better than I'd been led to believe.The freshness of the voice hit me from the first page. Darling, the young Zimbabwean narrator is on the way to steal guavas from a rich area with her friends, says We didn't eat this morning and my stomach feels like somebody took a shovel and dug [...]

  • Cheryl

    The author of We Need New Names chose her own new name for her writing. ‘NoViolet’ is a tribute to Elizabeth Tshele’s mother Violet, who died when Elizabeth was only 18 months old.She also chose interesting names for some of the characters in this book set in Zimbabwe. The story is a first person narrative by Darling, beginning at about age 10. Her close friends include Bastard, Chipo, Godknows. Her grandma is Mother of Bones. They live in Paradise; in the first chapter Hitting Budapest (w [...]

  • Mocha Girl

    My thoughts:- An enlightening debut that takes the reader to Zimbabwe during the Mugabe regime. The subject matter is a bit grim as the novel opens with Darling and her friends leaving their shanty town to roam the finer neighborhoods in search of guava for food. - We learn of the daily routines of the displaced civilians: the adults who neglect children in search for work in the mines and the borders; the games the children play to fight boredom and make sense of the dire futures. - The author [...]

  • Julie

    This book was really a disappointment after I read so many positive reviews. I have read many books about southern Africa in particular, and this one really lacked direction and a compelling heroine. The first half of the book is set in a small village in Zimbabwe, and, while there is evidence of terrible things happening, the danger is told about in more of an abstract way. I accepted that, because Darling, the main character, is only 11 or so and the novel is told exclusively with her voice. W [...]

  • Heather Fineisen

    Oh stars, ratings. Bulawayo' s writing has effectively depicted such a bleak picture in my brain of life in Zimbabwe, life in America, life anywhere, that I am thoroughly depressed and somewhat shamed. This is a writer who charms you with the antics of the poor but creative and precocious children in their "Paradise" with the clever and intelligent games they play. Through the memorable character of Darling, we experience these games, and then the hard realities of coming to America. Bulawayo sl [...]

  • Zanna

    It took me almost to the end to get my interpretation of this book straight, since I was thrown off the scent by a snippet of praise from Peter Godwin "NoViolet Bulawayo is a powerful, authentic nihilistic voice - feral, feisty, funny". I haven't read Godwin's book so to me he is just some white guy, and I've gotta say I hate the gendered word feisty which is supposed to mean 'spirited' but throws off sexual connotations and also 'feral' which means wild like a free undomesticated animal and in [...]

  • Julie Christine

    We Need New Names is a lyrical, vibrant vignette of experiences, less a cohesive novel than a keening coming-of-age observation of loss, change, loneliness, and assimilation. It is separated in two parts: Ten-year-old Darling's Before: her life in a shantytown in Harare; and her After: an adolescence in Michigan, where she is sent to live with an aunt after Zimbabwe's socioeconomic and political collapse in the early 2000s. The writing is lovely and Bulawayo's observations are heartbreakingly vi [...]

  • Friederike Knabe

    [revised] NoViolet Bulawayo's debut novel, We Need New Names, is the story of Darling, a young Zimbabwean girl living in a shantytown called 'Paradise'. She is feisty ten-year old, an astute observer of her surroundings and the people in her life. Bulawayo structures her novel more like a series of linked stories, written in episodic chapters, told loosely chronologically than in one integrated whole. In fact, the short story "Hitting Budapest", that became in some form an important chapter in t [...]

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/NoViolet Bulawayo tells a tale that is almost unfathomable. Who could ever imagine living the first few years of life as an average middle-class girl, in an average house, in an average town, attending an average school and having that world flipped upside down? That is the story of what happens to Darling and her friends when bulldozers sweep through their average lives in Zimbabwe, demolishing everything in their path. Now the children and their familie [...]

  • ☕Laura

    I thought the writing in this book was often lovely, and the author did a good job of allowing Darling's voice to mature as she grew up. I very much enjoyed the insight into Darling's childhood in Zimbabwe and was glad to be able to gain some understanding of the history of this nation. However, overall I felt like the book tried to do too much in too few pages, touching on as many issues as possible, including poverty, oppression, race relations, AIDS, incest, illegal immigration, assimilation, [...]

  • Sonja Arlow

    3 ½ starsThe writing was something else! The first 50% that deals with Darling and her friends (Bastard, Godknows, Bornfree etc) was amazing. I absolutely loved it and I think if you have a connection with Zimbabwe or Africa you will probably, like me, have a deeper connection to the story. I saw a lot of hidden meaning in what these kids saw, told and played. They run wild every day in their shanty town, stealing guavas from the rich houses, playing games like Find Bin Laden with no idea what [...]

  • Cynthia

    Contradiction, humor, freshnessI came away from “We Need New Names” in a state of blissed out confusion. Darling is the main protagonist. We follow her from the age of ten to about age fourteen. She was born in Zimbabwe and soon immigrates to the US where she joins an aunt. This is a book of contradictions as is Africa.d America. Compared to Zimbabwe America seems to Darling equal parts blessing and curse, a step up and a step down and away from the majesty of Africa, an Africa that is being [...]

  • Diane S ☔

    3.5 I loved the names of the children in this novel, Godknows, Bastard and Darling to name a few. Darling is our narrator, she is ten years old in a very changed Zimbabwe, once they went to school , now the schools are boarded up and the children roam and steal. They live in Paradise, which is a sort of shanty town, but they go to Budapest, which is where the wealthy black and the white people live. Chipo, her 11 yr. old friend is pregnant and the children try to understand how she got that way. [...]

  • Melindaaaa

    Dějově vlastně hrozně chudá, nicméně silná (a tak nějak nadčasově aktuální) knížka, která vás donutí se zamyslet nad asi tunou věcí. Při čtení cítíte neuvěřitelnou pokoru a snad i stud. Skrývá se v ní hrozně moc pravdy schované za naivitou a i když možná lehce podsouvá názory jako hotovou věc, je moc dobře uspořádaná. Prostě Odeon. Co na to říct.Recenze books-postcards-geocaches.blo

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