By Kathy Rennie My children attended Sakeji School about 10 years after Linda left, but most of the traditions and descriptions were the same for them. I could relate to so much of what she has written. Thank you, Linda, for the time and effort you have given to produce this colorful account of your childhood memories.
This is a very enjoyable, well-written book. Linda's openness in relating her memories is (at times) amusing and captivating. Having attended the same boarding school five years later, I was especially warmed by the familiarity of what she described. I am very glad that she has taken the time to publish this book.
Linda has written a great account of her years at Sakeji. It was a joy to read be reminded of so many uniquely Sakeji traditions and experiences. We were on staff at Sakeji School during the 80's and 90's so can identify rather well with all her stories and escapades. Amazing how the traditions of the children have endured and woe to anyone who tries to change them. The school property is unique and a wonderful place for children to enjoy their childhood years. The stories are entertaining and could also be used to initiate discussions about life, friendship, conflict and growing up. Read it and enjoy.
Linda's book describes with incredible detail and accuracy life in this African boarding school in the 1960s. She has managed to get the balance between being concise, and yet describing events in beautiful detail. The book will be of great interest for anyone who has attended Sakeji School, but also stands up well as a piece of creative writing which will be enjoyed by a wide range of readers. I am in awe>
Linda has such a mischievous sense of adventure that I felt tugged back into childhood alongside her as I read this book. She writes with such immediacy that I almost felt as though I was her "co-conspirator" and that she was whispering her story "sotto voce." There is a tenderness in her writing that extends to the most minute details of Zambian life. She notices aspects of indigenous life, not just the potentially insular experience of boarding school. In disclosing the complexities of her relationships, she reveals a deep seated belief in shared humanity across any cultural divide. I loved it! I also share history in Africa in common with her so she brought memories alive for me though I never actually lived in Zambia. This is so beautifully written and I look forward to re-reading it again.
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