Black Mamba Boy

Black Mamba Boy

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In 1935 Aden, Yemen, where 11-year-old Jama and his mother subsist in precarious destitution: Jama spending his days on the streets with other "market boys" while his mother works long hours for little pay at a coffee factory. When his mother dies, Jama briefly returns to his family's home in Hargeisa before running away to search for his long-absent father, who he believes is in Sudan. His quest leads Jama into Italian-controlled Eritrea, where he joins Mussolini's Fascists in exchange for food and shelter.
Publisher: London, England : HarperCollins, c2010
ISBN: 9780007315741
9780374114190
Branch Call Number: MOHAMED
Characteristics: 280 p. : map

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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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