a nutshell: this 576-page tome follows three Zambian families as their fates entwine over the course of the 20th century into the present day
a line: “it was a version of family better than most”
an image: true or not, I enjoyed (and, in fact, retold) Agnes’ beloved anecdote about why tennis players call 0 “love” – a hand-me-down from l’oeuf, the French for egg, since a zero is shaped like an egg
a thought: this epic narrative manages to convey many eternal truths in such a simple way, like the description of history as, in short, the annals of the bully on the playground
a fact: the Old Drift was a colonial settlement on the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, where the novel opens
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4 thoughts on “The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell”
the novel is sitting on my TBR shelf. Thanks for the reminder to read it.
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It’s a long one!
Really enjoy this format for a review. Currently reading this book and am absolutely loving it! So, so good. I think the experience is enhanced by the fact that I’m listening to it as an audiobook as well.
Thanks for your kind comment! I’ve never listened to an audiobook but I bet this story would work well in that format 🙂