The Place of Stunted Ironwood Trees Book Summary and Study Guide

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Set in one of the most remote corners of Africa and emerging from the shadows of apartheid, this remarkable book chronicles the lives ofa dozen or so Himba over the course of a year and the experiences of a lifetime: birth, maturation, aging, and death; generosity and trust, accomplishment and failure. through subtle yet vivd description, the author draws the reader into a world that appears so utterly foreign. Yet as the leading characters' lives and personal qualitites, their joys. hopes, and anxieties, and moral dilemmas unfold, the exoticism of their world fades and the experience of life rings curiously familiar. Indeed, the extraordinary power of the narrative lies in its finely woven depiction of the great commonality of human life and the human condition in the midst of peculiar and foreign setting. In the end, the reader is left with a beautiful and compelling portrait of a world and a people in which the familiar and the strange freely mix and mingle. It is a powerful and beautiful read
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Plot & Themes

Political/social activism    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Black people in America/Europe Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Son Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Woman's story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   farmer Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   Black Africa Desert?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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