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This is a curious book, and one I instantly found myself lost in. The narrator is an eight year old girl called Nyree, who lives on an isolated farm in 1970s Rhodesia. The country is ravaged by political unrest, which Nyree is very scared of, and the author manages a brilliant mix of childlike innocence and fear, such as Nyrees obsession with her Grandfathers biblical views and her fairytale books, and the real world, where Nyree longs for her absent father and is scared by the looming war.
The story turns dark when Ronin arrives, Nyree's 'bad' cousin. At the start we do not know much about him, other then Nyree's wish for him to leave, and the sense of doom that he seems to carry. The book unwinds slowly, showing a different side to each character, and we begin to realize why Nyree feels how she does.
An excellent story, this manages to educate about South Africa and the horrible situation there as well as telling a gripping tale about poor children forced to live as adults.