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Publisher's Summary

From the Booker Prize shortlisted author of This Mournable Body, one of the BBC's 100 women for 2020.

Two decades before Zimbabwe would win independence and ended white minority rule, 13-year-old Tambudzai Sigauke embarks on her education. On her shoulders rest the economic hopes of her parents, siblings and extended family, and within her burns the desire for independence. A timeless coming-of-age tale and a powerful exploration of cultural imperialism, Nervous Conditions charts Tambu's journey to personhood in a nation that is also emerging. 

©2021 Tsitsi Dangarembga (P)2021 Faber & Faber Ltd.

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"Unforgettable." (Alice Walker)

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Unfinished | throughly Enjoyed it

I enjoyed listening to this book, it was easy to follow and as a Venda speaking person it was interesting to pick up so many similarities in the way of life of the Shonas. I could relate and often found myself imagining the set up of the storyline. I highly recommend.

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  • Dunbur
  • 07-02-21

Moving & thought provoking.

If you have had (as I have had), a relative who lived in Zimbabwe when it was Rhodesia, and who told stories of the struggles in that country over many decades, you must ‘read’ (listen to) this book.
If you have never known anyone who lived in Zimbabwe when it was Rhodesia, but have an interest in the impact of colonial rule, you must ‘read’ this book.
If you want to begin to understand Africa, even from the perspective of one local culture, you must ‘read’ this book.
It is beautifully written, moving, provocative and challenging.
Oh Africa, what have the colonials done to you. What would that extraordinary continent be like now, it is had not been culturally overwhelmed by Europeans and denuded of its riches, resources and people, by outsiders.
Tsitsi Dangaremba is an extraordinary writer. She deserves to be read and to be listened to, in every way.

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  • michelle spry
  • 04-02-21

Bathe yourself in Zimbabwe.

The voice sounds authentic for the book and region - I hate English sounding voices reading books set in Africa. Fabulous story. I love the sense of Zimbabwe that comes through in this. This gets into themes of gender, race, poverty, and colonisation. All through the story and you can almost smell Africa and feel it on your skin.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-12-21

Brilliant telling of the search fo self-identity

A brilliant telling of what it means to be African in a multi-ethnic society, and our place within new family dynamics brought on by changing attitudes and the blending of cultures.

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  • 10-01-21

Excellent

Great story, well told, am very impressed would not change a single line, looking forward to more

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-22-21

My first audiobook- loved it!

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. thank you so much. our book club will never be the same again.

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  • Sigrin
  • 08-07-21

May be it’s me?

I just could not connect to this story despite the outstanding narration by Chipo Chung.

I feel it meandered too much and needs pulling together.

May be, I am not on the right place to feel the substance of this book.

Sorry, but I gave it a good shot.

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  • Ed Armston
  • 08-04-21

great book

A fascinating and well written book. I really enjoyed it! would listen to again.

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  • vicky nyanga
  • 08-03-21

A story that African women can relate to.

I really enjoyed this book. the last 15 minutes had me howling with laughter at the phrase "it's the Englishness" ..it' was even funnier when I translated it back into Shona...
Chipo Chung's reading voice takes you right to the scenes of story.......Super!

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  • mo
  • 12-15-21

A gripping read , giving much food for thought.

The story gives much food for thought and the narrator really brought it to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-20-21

Alright read

Heavily descriptive book and it was a shame that the performer chosen didn’t pronounce vernacular words properly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-21

Very engaging

The story was very engaging and it kept you wanting to know more.It was Amazing