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Ancestor Stones por Aminatta Forna
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Ancestor Stones (original 2006; edição 2006)

por Aminatta Forna

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"Abie has followed the arc of a letter from London back to Africa, to the coffee groves of Kholifa Estates, the plantation formerly owned by her grandfather. It is a place she remembers from childhood and which now belongs to her - if she wants it. Standing among the ruined groves she strains to hear the sound of the past, but the 'layers of years' in between then and now are too many. So begins her gathering of the family's history through the tales of her aunts." "This is the story of four lives: Asana, Mariama, Hawa and Serah Kholifa, born to the different wives of a wealthy plantation owner in an Africa where change is just beginning to arrive. Asana, lost twin and head-wife's daughter. Hawa, motherless child and manipulator of her own misfortune. Mariama, who sees what lies beyond this world. And Serah, follower of a Western-made dream." "Stretching across generations and set against the backdrop of a country's descent into freefall, Ancestor Stones is a novel about understanding the past and how stories ancient and new shape who we become, and one which offers a different way of seeing the world we share. It is the story of a nation, a family and four women's attempts quietly to alter the course of their own destiny."--BOOK JACKET.… (mais)
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Título:Ancestor Stones
Autores:Aminatta Forna
Informação:Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (2006), Hardcover, 336 pages
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139/2020. A collection of short stories, or a novel with five narrators, set mostly amongst the Temne in northern Sierra Leone, from 1926 to 1999, and following the lives of four women who are daughters of four of the eleven wives of a prosperous and very polygamous Muslim man. The autobiographical stories of these characters become a way of exploring Sierra Leonean history through the experiences of four differing women (although they are all born into what would be the hereditary landed gentry / upper middle class equivalent socioeconomic bracket and don't fall below home-owning middle class more than momentarily even during the civil war).

Motherhood: "She went, leaving behind everything, even her name. So I wrapped it in longing and kept it for her." ( )
  spiralsheep | Oct 7, 2020 |
Londra, luglio 2003. La protagonista riceve una lettera che la invita a recarsi in Sierra Leone per prendere possesso della piantagione di caffè appartenuta al padre. La giovane donna, che vive in Inghilterra con i due figli e il marito scozzese, parte subito per raccogliere un'eredità che non sarà solo quella materiale ma anche quella "spirituale" della famiglia. Metterà su carta le testimonianze di vita di quattro zie, quattro delle figlie che il nonno ha avuto dalle molteplici mogli: attraverso le loro storie personali si ricostruisce la storia della famiglia della donna, ma si delinea anche il ritratto di una cultura e delle sue tradizioni sociali. Sullo sfondo, la realtà politica della Sierra Leone. Aminatta Forna dipinge un quadro poetico e accurato dell'Africa attraverso le voci delle sue donne.
  kikka62 | Feb 29, 2020 |
I found this book stunning. Told through the lives of four women, sisters with the same father and different mothers, we see the phenomenal changes that occur in Sierra Leone through the twentieth century and into the early twenty-first century. We also see how the women make a place for themselves within the culture. ( )
  GailNyoka | Dec 18, 2018 |
Abie asks her aunties - Asana, Hawa, Mariama, and Serah - the story of their lives, growing up the daughters of the wives of a wealthy, African plantation owner. Spanning almost 80 years, I was fully immersed in not only their culture but their country's history. Watching as Islam and Christianity infringe on their Pagan beliefs, as wives wrestled with (or settled into) their roles and hierarchy, as daughters battled expectations and modern choices. I love multi-generational stories, especially those that center women and the myriad joys and challenges inherent to womanhood; Ancestor Stones captivated this reader. The ending was magical and perfect.

4 stars
(And I look forward to reading more by Forna.)

Seeds
"I know it was after Haidera. But how long after, this I cannot tell you - a day, a month, a year; these measures of time change constantly when you are a child. Sometimes a day is longer than a year. Sometimes a month is shorter than an hour. I wish I could remember." (Mariama, "Stones")

"When a cat bites you, it's a sure sign somebody out there is trying to change your luck for the worse." (Hawa, "Fish")

"You can picture a person easily, no trouble - right up to the time when you try to remember their face. Ah, then you can sit and stare at a wall all day if you like. Until you give up. And suddenly, there they are, as clearly as if they were standing before you." (Hawa, "Fish")

Dreams
"But what is a legend if not a story so great it has survived the retelling of countless generations?" (Mariama, "Kassila the Sea God")

Secrets
"And now I look at the change in you and I feel happy. For I know what it is to forget who you are. To feel the pieces falling away. To look for yourself and see only the stares of strangers. To search for yourself in circles until you're exhausted. And I wonder if my story means something to you. If perhaps what happened to me, little by little, isn't the same you felt happening to you. The very thing that brought you back home." (Mariama, "Other Side of the Road")

"It was nothing dramatic. I let the men of the society come to me. I let it be known that I would consider relinquishing the birthright of womanhood in exchange for the liberty of a man. And in time they found me. After all, there are few women who would choose such a life. Naturally, there were those things I missed, mostly the company of other women. But I had made the life I dreamed of, and it suited me. I had taken my own path, neither right nor left." (Asana, "Mambore")

Consequences
"I know, it's the oldest story in the world. The fresh spirit who frees one that has been bottled too long." (Asana, "The Box")

"No, life isn't a straight line. It is a circle, whose slow and gentle bend we fail to spot, until we realise we are back where we started." (Mariama, "Twelfth Night") ( )
  flying_monkeys | Feb 28, 2018 |
I loved this. Beautiful book. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
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"Abie has followed the arc of a letter from London back to Africa, to the coffee groves of Kholifa Estates, the plantation formerly owned by her grandfather. It is a place she remembers from childhood and which now belongs to her - if she wants it. Standing among the ruined groves she strains to hear the sound of the past, but the 'layers of years' in between then and now are too many. So begins her gathering of the family's history through the tales of her aunts." "This is the story of four lives: Asana, Mariama, Hawa and Serah Kholifa, born to the different wives of a wealthy plantation owner in an Africa where change is just beginning to arrive. Asana, lost twin and head-wife's daughter. Hawa, motherless child and manipulator of her own misfortune. Mariama, who sees what lies beyond this world. And Serah, follower of a Western-made dream." "Stretching across generations and set against the backdrop of a country's descent into freefall, Ancestor Stones is a novel about understanding the past and how stories ancient and new shape who we become, and one which offers a different way of seeing the world we share. It is the story of a nation, a family and four women's attempts quietly to alter the course of their own destiny."--BOOK JACKET.

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