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Children of the Moon

SUMMARY Children of the Moon

Ho to fight for and who to leave behindPó and Zeca come together in a time of momentous change Love connects these two outsiders forcing them to confront the shattering impact of colonialism and war Children of the Moon is a stunning and unforgettable exploration of the love of two people at once bound and separated by forces beyond their contr Children of the Moon is a compassionate exploration of the horrors of war and the vagaries of memory Told with restraint DeSa brings together three perspectives three vantage points to explore the impact of colonialism racism love and war The novel asks some pretty big uestions What is truth? Is truth absolute? What is the value of a life? Who gets to tell the story? This story while seemingly very different from his earlier work still mines the ‘Portuguese’ experience and still fundamentally addresses our shared human experience and explores how we build community Po is a person with albinism Zeca is a former child soldier suffering from dementia Serafim is a journalist trying to repent for the unintended conseuences of a prior article Together through each of their narrative threads we get a glimpse into the reality of the post colonial experience in Mozambiue and TanzaniaThe novel is also about memory The vagaries of memory The ways in which memories wash over us and haunt us The way that memory is and is not selective The memories we hold to ourselves The memories we choose to share with others The structure of the novel mirrors the content of the novel Nothing is linear or chronological Time if fluid moving back and forth as memories arise This makes for a sometimes disjointed reading experience but it is true to the way the mind and memory workWhile the novel addresses some pretty heavy content it’s actually a fairly uick and easy read that leaves you with lots to think about L'Islam pour les Nuls poche shattering impact of colonialism and war Children of the Moon is a Histoire du Proche-Orient contemporain (Repères t. 654) stunning and unforgettable exploration of the love of two people at once bound and Dr. Saoud et Mr. Djihad (Le monde comme il va) separated by forces beyond their contr Children of the Moon is a compassionate exploration of the horrors of war and the vagaries of memory Told with restraint DeSa brings together three perspectives three vantage points to explore the impact of colonialism racism love and war The novel asks O Jérusalem some pretty big uestions What is truth? Is truth absolute? What is the value of a life? Who gets to tell the AMNESIQUES story? This Histoire du Moyen-Orient (Poches essais t. 266) story while L'Islam pour les nuls seemingly very different from his earlier work La question de Palestine, tome 1 : 1799-1921 still mines the ‘Portuguese’ experience and Les Femmes du prophète still fundamentally addresses our PENSEE ARABE shared human experience and explores how we build community Po is a person with albinism Zeca is a former child Le mois le plus long. Ramadan à Istanbul soldier Figures du Palestinien: Identité des origines, identité de devenir suffering from dementia Serafim is a journalist trying to repent for the unintended conseuences of a prior article Together through each of their narrative threads we get a glimpse into the reality of the post colonial experience in Mozambiue and TanzaniaThe novel is also about memory The vagaries of memory The ways in which memories wash over us and haunt us The way that memory is and is not Le Vent jaune : Récits selective The memories we hold to ourselves The memories we choose to L'inconscient de l'islam share with others The L'Expansion musulmane, VIIe-XIe siècles, 5e édition structure of the novel mirrors the content of the novel Nothing is linear or chronological Time if fluid moving back and forth as memories arise This makes for a L'Inconscient de l'islam sometimes disjointed reading experience but it is true to the way the mind and memory workWhile the novel addresses Les Palestiniens dans le siècle some pretty heavy content it’s actually a fairly uick and easy read that leaves you with lots to think about

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From celebrated author Anthony De Sa comes a raw and compelling novel of love war and the heartbreaking effects of memory ' You must listen to my words You must promise to tell my story the way I have shared it with you'Tanzania 1956 A Maasai woman gives birth to a child with albinism The child is seen as a curse upon her tribe and so begins Pó “What is it you want from me?” I ask out loud and like a match striking its strip I think I have an answer The recordings and the transcripts I have made of Pó are an intimate invitation to experience this world through her recollections Unencumbered Raw The uestion What for? comes back at me I flick my cigarette over the balcony orange ember spinning I don't know how this story will end But I know how it began I press my pencil to paper write They are called children of the moonAuthor Anthony De Sa was raised in Toronto's Portuguese community and is known for his books set within that heritage With Children of the Moon De Sa takes this a little further afield focusing mainly on African characters – with a Portuguese twist Pó is a Masai woman with albinism living out the end of her days ravaged by cancer suatting in the officially abandoned Grande Hotel Beira in Mozambiue Serafim is a Brazilian journalist who has travelled to Beira in order to get Pó's story and Ezeuiel is an old man living with dementia and Parkinson's in a Toronto basement apartment suffering PTSD and hallucinations about his time as a child soldier in Africa – first in the charge of guerrilla soldiers and then as an aide to the Commander of the Portuguese forces sent to uell the rebel forces Point of view rotates between these three characters and eventually it is revealed how Pó and Ezeuiel were linked in the past As often happens I'm a little uneasy about the suitability of a white Westerner writing African voices but with this slim book De Sa gives the reader plenty to think about – and the Portuguese aspects make it feel authentic Note I read an ARC and passages uoted may not be in their final forms My mother pushed me out into a warm evening where I took my first breath I was told this story countless times by Simu I never tired of it The moment I slipped out from my mother I was greeted by the moonlight that crept into the mouth of our mud hut My pale body dragged across my mother's belly and to her breast My skin white as bone A curse A moon child the men muttered before running away Simu remained to soothe the concern in her sister's eyes As an African villager with albinism Pó's life was in danger from those who believed that her skin and body parts could be used for charms and medicine After being moved several times for her protection she ended up at the Grande Hotel in Beira as an adult where she now lives with thousands of other refugees; acting as an unofficial advocate for those around her and getting just enough notoriety to attract the attention of international journalists She has always been careful with how she reveals her life story and as she knows this will be her last chance to get it right Pó is forthcoming with Serafim than she ever has been before Shortly after I checked into the Hotel Tivoli I dragged a chair and table out onto the fourth floor balcony of my corner room arranging them so that I could see bits of the ocean to my left and the fragile buildings of this poor city to my right The shouts from shop vendors and street brawls that spilled from bars onto dirt roads the smell of smoke from outdoor kitchen fires all reminded me of the favela where I was raised Like Serrinha and surrounding Florianópolis there's nothing beautiful about this city; nothing about its architecture inspires me except at dusk when lights twinkle from apartments or the glow from open storefronts floods the streets and I think of uieter times The journalist Serafim is a blackout drunk on the run from the fallout over his last big story in which he revealed the existence and location of a previously uncontacted ian tribe He is sincere in his desire to honestly capture Pó's story but he seems eually committed to protecting his own reputation I don't deserve to participate in life not after what I saw and what I did I used to catch myself smiling – children playing piri piri shrimp All in the Family – and I would feel guilty for letting joy creep inside me They give me risperidone which dulls the noises in my head and lets me drift off to a time and place where everything seems real I keep telling myself that it's better not to look back Nothing good comes from going back Now I spend part of my day or what is left of the night in my bed or in my chair staring into the dark until my eyes can pierce the thickness to see clearly through it I see people animals and objects all around me though they try to hide in the carpet pattern or in the paintings on the wall I never switch lights on in the basement I like it this way “I used to have a dream as a boy – not a nightmare” I say Then I realize I am alone Still I'm careful not to speak too loudly or to give too much away You never know who is listeningThe chapters from Ezeuiel's POV were my favourites – abandoned at a Mission as a baby this child of a white father and black mother was raised by a European pastor and his wife until Mozambiue's war of independence came roaring through Going on to do whatever it took to survive Ezeuiel's story was even affecting than Pó's – and as there was nothing very graphic shared about the fates of those with albinism what Ezeuiel's narrative revealed about Mozambiue's civil war guerrilla tactics and the ugly racism of the Portuguese military was the engaging story Children of the Moon isn't a very long book and there's something very careful and uiet about De Sa's writing Before Pó speaks she considers what she'll share; before Serafim begins his writing he carefully assembles notes striking through “albino” to replace with “persons with albinism”; striking through “witch doctors” to replace with “healers” and this carefulness creates distance between the reader and the narrative However this is balanced by Ezeuiel's uncensored dementia related memories and hallucinations and these sections provide the book with the necessary heart In the Acknowledgments at the back of the book De Sa thanks the people from Under the Same Sun who educated him about people with albinism people who brought him to Mozambiue's Gorongosa National Park people who got him access to the hallways of the Grande Hotel Beira and his uncles and those veterans who shared their stories with him this is obviously a book with extensive factual basis but it's not a very narrative driven read Yet this makes the book feel respectful of the material and I'm not left with that uneasy feeling of cultural misappropriation; I learned some interesting things and was engaged enough with the three characters to want to know how their stories would develop I'd give this three and a half stars and am rounding up for Ezeuiel France et Islam — Je t'aime, moi non plus: Petites Chroniques, T22 story the way I have Chronique de France asservie shared it with you'Tanzania 1956 A Maasai woman gives birth to a child with albinism The child is Finance islamique et pouvoir politique seen as a curse upon her tribe and La croix et le croissant: Actes de la IVe Université d'été de Renaissance catholique, Quarré les Tombes, août 1995 (à reparaître) so begins Pó “What is it you want from me?” I ask out loud and like a match Les Islamistes sont déjà là : Enquête sur une guerre secrète striking its CONNAISSANCE DE L'ISLAM strip I think I have an answer The recordings and the transcripts I have made of Pó are an intimate invitation to experience this world through her recollections Unencumbered Raw The uestion What for? comes back at me I flick my cigarette over the balcony orange ember La description de la priere du prophete spinning I don't know how this Vie du Prophète Mohammad (la) Deux Tomes story will end But I know how it began I press my pencil to paper write They are called children of the moonAuthor Anthony De Sa was raised in Toronto's Portuguese community and is known for his books Nectar Cacheté (Le) : Biographie du Prophète Muhammad (bsl) set within that heritage With Children of the Moon De Sa takes this a little further afield focusing mainly on African characters – with a Portuguese twist Pó is a Masai woman with albinism living out the end of her days ravaged by cancer Le Seigneur des tribus. L'islam de Mahomet suatting in the officially abandoned Grande Hotel Beira in Mozambiue Serafim is a Brazilian journalist who has travelled to Beira in order to get Pó's Mahomet : Contre-enquête story and Ezeuiel is an old man living with dementia and Parkinson's in a Toronto basement apartment Mahomet suffering PTSD and hallucinations about his time as a child Al-Sîra : Le Prophète de l'Islam raconté par ses compagnons soldier in Africa – first in the charge of guerrilla Mahomet l'européen: Histoire des représentations du Prophète en Occident soldiers and then as an aide to the Commander of the Portuguese forces Mahomet 571-632 sent to uell the rebel forces Point of view rotates between these three characters and eventually it is revealed how Pó and Ezeuiel were linked in the past As often happens I'm a little uneasy about the As-Sîra, la biographie du prophète Mohammed : Les débuts de l'islam suitability of a white Westerner writing African voices but with this Le Prophète Muhammad. Sa vie d'après les sources les plus anciennes slim book De Sa gives the reader plenty to think about – and the Portuguese aspects make it feel authentic Note I read an ARC and passages uoted may not be in their final forms My mother pushed me out into a warm evening where I took my first breath I was told this Les Derniers Jours de Muhammad story countless times by Simu I never tired of it The moment I Comportements et traits de caractères du Prophète slipped out from my mother I was greeted by the moonlight that crept into the mouth of our mud hut My pale body dragged across my mother's belly and to her breast My Franz von Assisi skin white as bone A curse A moon child the men muttered before running away Simu remained to Les secrets du prophete arabe soothe the concern in her Aïcha : La bien-aimée du Prophète sister's eyes As an African villager with albinism Pó's life was in danger from those who believed that her Vie de Mahomet skin and body parts could be used for charms and medicine After being moved La Maison muhammadienne: Aperçus de la dévotion au Prophète en mystique musulmane several times for her protection Al-Sîra : Le Prophète de l'Islam raconté par ses compagnons Tome 2 she ended up at the Grande Hotel in Beira as an adult where Comportements et traits de caractères du Prophète (Revivification des sciences de la religion) she now lives with thousands of other refugees; acting as an unofficial advocate for those around her and getting just enough notoriety to attract the attention of international journalists She has always been careful with how La foi ou le dépôt confié et son actualisation she reveals her life Les compagnons du Prophète, des diamants humains : A propos de certains compagnons du prophète Mohammad story and as Prophète de l'Islam (Le) : Sa vie, son oeuvre (Cartonné) she knows this will be her last chance to get it right Pó is forthcoming with Serafim than Al Sira T.2 she ever has been before Shortly after I checked into the Hotel Tivoli I dragged a chair and table out onto the fourth floor balcony of my corner room arranging them L'arbre aux secrets : Ou de la signification de la Prière sur le Prophète so that I could Al-Sira T.1: Le prophète de l'Islam raconté par ses compagnons see bits of the ocean to my left and the fragile buildings of this poor city to my right The La vie du prophète Mahomet shouts from Vie du prophète Muhammad (Spiritualité) shop vendors and Muhammad, Vie du Prophète. Enseignements spirituels et contemporains street brawls that L'Arbre du monde (Shajarat al-kawn) spilled from bars onto dirt roads the Ordo Ab Chao : La franc-maçonnerie dans la lumière du Prophète smell of Muhammad, l'ultime joyau de la prophétie : Le nectar cacheté smoke from outdoor kitchen fires all reminded me of the favela where I was raised Like Serrinha and Mais au fait, qui était vraiment Mahomet ? : Le Prophète comme on ne vous l'a jamais raconté surrounding Florianópolis there's nothing beautiful about this city; nothing about its architecture inspires me except at dusk when lights twinkle from apartments or the glow from open LES DERNIERS JOURS DE MUHAMMAD storefronts floods the La vie de Muhammad T.3: Le parcours du Prophète à Médine et le triomphe de l'islam streets and I think of uieter times The journalist Serafim is a blackout drunk on the run from the fallout over his last big Quarante paroles du prophète Muhammad : Traduction et commentaires story in which he revealed the existence and location of a previously uncontacted ian tribe He is Nobles traits du Prophète MUHAMMAD (bsl) (Les) sincere in his desire to honestly capture Pó's Mahomet l'européen : Histoire des représentations du Prophète en Occident story but he 10 questions réponses pour découvrir le Prophète Muhammad (bsl) seems eually committed to protecting his own reputation I don't deserve to participate in life not after what I Mahomet saw and what I did I used to catch myself Qui sont les témoins de Jéhovah ? : Les origines smiling – children playing piri piri Les hadîth qudusî : Paroles sacrées du Prophète Mohammad shrimp All in the Family – and I would feel guilty for letting joy creep inside me They give me risperidone which dulls the noises in my head and lets me drift off to a time and place where everything La Vie de Mahomet seems real I keep telling myself that it's better not to look back Nothing good comes from going back Now I Mahomet : histoire d'un Arabe, invention d'un prophète spend part of my day or what is left of the night in my bed or in my chair Le Défi de la Prédication: Transmettre La Parole de Dieu Dans Le Monde d'Aujourd'hui staring into the dark until my eyes can pierce the thickness to La biographie du prophète Mahomet : Texte traduit et annoté par Wahib Atallah (Biographies Historiques) see clearly through it I Le Voyage nocturne de Mahomet, suivi de : L'Aventure de la parole see people animals and objects all around me though they try to hide in the carpet pattern or in the paintings on the wall I never Mohammed messager de Dieu switch lights on in the basement I like it this way “I used to have a dream as a boy – not a nightmare” I Voyage Nocture & l'Ascension Céleste du Prophète Mohamed (bsl) (Le) say Then I realize I am alone Still I'm careful not to La psychologie de Mahomet et des musulmans speak too loudly or to give too much away You never know who is listeningThe chapters from Ezeuiel's POV were my favourites – abandoned at a Mission as a baby this child of a white father and black mother was raised by a European pastor and his wife until Mozambiue's war of independence came roaring through Going on to do whatever it took to Khadija - La première musulmane et femme du Prophète Mohammed (PBSL) survive Ezeuiel's Mohammed, prophète de l'islam story was even affecting than Pó's – and as there was nothing very graphic Al-Chifâ - La guérison à travers la connaissance du rang et de la dignité de l'élu MUHAMMAD (bsl) shared about the fates of those with albinism what Ezeuiel's narrative revealed about Mozambiue's civil war guerrilla tactics and the ugly racism of the Portuguese military was the engaging Muhammad (saas) story Children of the Moon isn't a very long book and there's Mariage en Islam (Un guide complet, précis et simple à partir des fatwas d'éminents savants) (Le) something very careful and uiet about De Sa's writing Before Pó L'histoire des quatre califes bien-guidés speaks Petit guide du Coran : Tout ce que vous devez savoir de ce que dit vraiment le Coran she considers what Petit guide du Coran : Tout ce que vous devez savoir de ce que dit vraiment le Coran she considers what L'islam: « Que sais-je ? » n° 355 share; before Serafim begins his writing he carefully assembles notes Le Dictionnaire des Zikrs: Les Zikrs en Islam striking through “albino” to replace with “persons with albinism”; Ṣalāh: Le Manuel Complet Et Illustré De La Prière striking through “witch doctors” to replace with “healers” and this carefulness creates distance between the reader and the narrative However this is balanced by Ezeuiel's uncensored dementia related memories and hallucinations and these Dictionnaire élémentaire de l'Islam : Les mots-clés pour mieux connaître la religion musulmane sections provide the book with the necessary heart In the Acknowledgments at the back of the book De Sa thanks the people from Under the Same Sun who educated him about people with albinism people who brought him to Mozambiue's Gorongosa National Park people who got him access to the hallways of the Grande Hotel Beira and his uncles and those veterans who Ṣalāh: Le Manuel Complet Et Illustré De La Prière shared their L'Islam stories with him this is obviously a book with extensive factual basis but it's not a very narrative driven read Yet this makes the book feel respectful of the material and I'm not left with that uneasy feeling of cultural misappropriation; I learned Dictionnaire des arts de l'Islam some interesting things and was engaged enough with the three characters to want to know how their Les arts de l'Islam: Itinéraire d'une redécouverte stories would develop I'd give this three and a half Dictionnaire encyclopédique du Coran stars and am rounding up for Ezeuiel

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's tumultuous story As Pó navigates the world she must claim her life in the face of violence and ostracismFurther south in Portuguese controlled Mozambiue Ezeuiel struggles for acceptance too Adopted by missionaries he is not recognized by his Portuguese father's community or by his Makonde mother's tribe When civil war erupts he must choose w I have read several previous books by De Sa and found them of mixed uality This powerful novel however is excellentBased mostly in Mozambiue and Tanzania it is a penetrating story of Po born an albino African and her troubled life in the face of hunters of body parts cut from people like her since these are supposed to overcome illness or other afflictions Arranged as interviews with a Brazilian journalist Po recounts her childhood how she had eventually to flee into exile from her Tanzanian birthplace her love affair with Ezeuiel an adopted outsider like herself who had been kidnapped by an armed band that burned the church community where he lived and her work to establish a refuge for other albino Africans in MozambiueThis is an emotionally deep novel not just because it portrays the grim realities that albino Africans experience in East Africa but also because it brings alive the conflicted and caring characters within its pages Po becomes than a tragic figure with her intelligence and courage portrayed vividly; Ezeuiel escapes as a refugee to Toronto but in so many ways can never leave behind his tormented past; the Brazilian journalist also has his challenges as he tries to convey Po's situation yet does not entirely win her trustI enjoyed this book immensely It captures realities of Tanzania and Mozambiue that I have seen But at the same time it shows characters grappling bravely with their pasts and trying to build their futures without letting despair overwhelm themDe Sa writes very well better than I remember in his past books But what stands out most is his sensitivity and sympathy for his characters A very fine novel highlighting major social concerns and conveying people confronting these with courage and resilience Histoire du Proche-Orient contemporain (Repères t. 654) story As Pó navigates the world Dr. Saoud et Mr. Djihad (Le monde comme il va) she must claim her life in the face of violence and ostracismFurther O Jérusalem south in Portuguese controlled Mozambiue Ezeuiel AMNESIQUES struggles for acceptance too Adopted by missionaries he is not recognized by his Portuguese father's community or by his Makonde mother's tribe When civil war erupts he must choose w I have read Histoire du Moyen-Orient (Poches essais t. 266) several previous books by De Sa and found them of mixed uality This powerful novel however is excellentBased mostly in Mozambiue and Tanzania it is a penetrating L'Islam pour les nuls story of Po born an albino African and her troubled life in the face of hunters of body parts cut from people like her La question de Palestine, tome 1 : 1799-1921 since these are Les Femmes du prophète supposed to overcome illness or other afflictions Arranged as interviews with a Brazilian journalist Po recounts her childhood how PENSEE ARABE she had eventually to flee into exile from her Tanzanian birthplace her love affair with Ezeuiel an adopted outsider like herself who had been kidnapped by an armed band that burned the church community where he lived and her work to establish a refuge for other albino Africans in MozambiueThis is an emotionally deep novel not just because it portrays the grim realities that albino Africans experience in East Africa but also because it brings alive the conflicted and caring characters within its pages Po becomes than a tragic figure with her intelligence and courage portrayed vividly; Ezeuiel escapes as a refugee to Toronto but in Le mois le plus long. Ramadan à Istanbul so many ways can never leave behind his tormented past; the Brazilian journalist also has his challenges as he tries to convey Po's Figures du Palestinien: Identité des origines, identité de devenir situation yet does not entirely win her trustI enjoyed this book immensely It captures realities of Tanzania and Mozambiue that I have Le Vent jaune : Récits seen But at the L'inconscient de l'islam same time it L'Expansion musulmane, VIIe-XIe siècles, 5e édition shows characters grappling bravely with their pasts and trying to build their futures without letting despair overwhelm themDe Sa writes very well better than I remember in his past books But what L'Inconscient de l'islam stands out most is his Les Palestiniens dans le siècle sensitivity and Le Gouvernement divin. Islam et conception politique du monde sympathy for his characters A very fine novel highlighting major Les Barbaresques (TEMPUS t. 220) social concerns and conveying people confronting these with courage and resilience