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Black Mamba Boy

Black Mamba Boy (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Mohamed, Nadifa

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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 British somewhere 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.
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ISBN 9780312569235
Released NZ 2 Aug 2011
Publisher Farrar Straus Giroux
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780312569235
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Farrar Straus Giroux
Imprint Farrar Straus Giroux
Released 2 Aug 2011
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Mohamed, Nadifa
Category Modern Fiction
War Fiction
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 137mm
Height: 213mm
Spine: 20mm
Dewey Code FIC
Weight 340g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Historical fiction, Fathers and sons, Adventure fiction, Voyages and travels, Africa - History - 20th century
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade