Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed audiobook

Black Mamba Boy

By Nadifa Mohamed
Read by Kevin Kenerly

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780374114190
8.92 Hours Unabridged
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Yemen, 1935. Jama is a half-feral child scavenging with his friends in the dusty streets of a great seaport. For Jama, life is a carnival, at least when he can fill his belly. When his mother dies young, she leaves him only an amulet stuffed with one hundred rupees. Jama decides to spend her life’s meager savings to search for his missing father, rumored to be a driver for the British in the north. So begins Jama’s extraordinary journey of more than a thousand miles to Egypt. 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 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.

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A 2010 Guardian First Book Award Finalist

Longlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction

A 2010 NPR Best Book Debut

Yemen, 1935. Jama is a half-feral child scavenging with his friends in the dusty streets of a great seaport. For Jama, life is a carnival, at least when he can fill his belly. When his mother dies young, she leaves him only an amulet stuffed with one hundred rupees. Jama decides to spend her life’s meager savings to search for his missing father, rumored to be a driver for the British in the north. So begins Jama’s extraordinary journey of more than a thousand miles to Egypt. 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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An accomplished first novel.” Independent (London)
“Odysseus has nothing on Jama, the peripatetic hero of this vibrant debut novel by Somali writer, Nadifa Mohamed…Jama emerges from this tale the kind of hero you weep for. And in a subtle way, Mohammed reminds those of us who live in cities where emigrants wash ashore, that we probably see a man like him every day.” NPR
“[A] beautifully rendered debut…Jama is a charming protagonist whose peregrinations—assisted by clansmen, kind strangers, and ghostly visitations—are directed more by historical and biographical significance than by the demands of plot. Mohamed vividly recreates the complex atmosphere of the era, and her personal investment in the story gives it a passionate edge.” Publishers Weekly
“Black Mamba Boy is uplifting, inspiring, and heartwarming…Reader Kevin Kenerly gives an exceptional performance. His experience as a Shakespearian actor is evident in his modulated voice, and he has an excellent range of tones and accents. Kenerly’s interpretation of one of Jama’s adult friends—with a warm, booming African accent—is particularly enjoyable, and the thin, sinister voicing of violent Italian soldiers is equally chilling. Kenerly certainly adds to Nadifa Mohamed’s compelling novel.” SoundCommentary.com (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Nadifa Mohamed

Author Bio: Nadifa Mohamed

Nadifa Mohamed was born in Hargeisa, Somalia, in 1981 and was educated in the United Kingdom, studying history and politics at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford. She lives in London and is currently working on her second novel.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.92
Audience: Adult
Language: English