Black Mamba Boy

Black Mamba Boy

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Yemen, 1935. Jama is a "market boy," a half-feral child scavenging with his friends in the dusty streets of a great seaport. For Jama, life is a thrilling carnival, at least when he can fill his belly. When his mother--alternately raging and loving--dies young, she leaves him only an amulet stuffed with one hundred rupees. Jama decides to spend her life's meager savings on a search for his never-seen father; the rumors that travel along clan lines report that he is a driver for the Britishsomewhere in the north. So begins Jama's extraordinary journey of more than a thousand miles north all the way to Egypt, by camel, by truck, by train, but mostly on foot. He slings himself from one perilous city to another, fiercely enjoying life on the road and relying on his vast clan network to shelter him and point the way to his father, who always seems just a day or two out of reach.

In his travels, Jama will witness scenes of great humanity and brutality; he will be caught up in the indifferent, grinding machine of war; he will crisscross the Red Sea in search of working papers and a ship. Bursting with life and a rough joyfulness, Black Mamba Boy is debut novelist Nadifa Mohamed's vibrant, moving celebration of her family's own history.

Publisher: New York : Picador, 2010
Edition: 1st. ed
ISBN: 9780312569235
0312569238
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 288 p. : map ; 21 cm

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uncommonreader
Jun 18, 2015

A story of the author's father from Aden in the 1930s as he embarks on a search for his father. A family story.

carrilis Feb 27, 2012

A slow read, but engaging characters, so I wanted to see how it unfolded. I ended up happy to have read it.

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