Zenzele a letter for my daughter summary

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Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter by J. Nozipo Maraire

Written as a letter from a Zimbabwean mother to her daughter, a student at Harvard, J. Nozipo Maraire evokes the moving story of a mother reaching out to her daughter to share the lessons life has taught her and bring the two closer than ever before. Interweaving history and memories, disappointments and dreams, Zenzele tells the tales of Zimbabwes struggle for independence and the men and women who shaped it: Zenzeles father, an outspoken activist lawyer; her aunt, a schoolteacher by day and secret guerrilla fighter by night; and her cousin, a maid and a spy.

Rich with insight, history, and philosophy, Zenzele is a powerful and compelling story that is both revolutionary and revelatory--the story of one life that poignantly speaks of all lives.
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Nozipo Maraire. The following version of this book was used to create this study guide: Maraire, J. Zenzele: A Letter to My Daughter.
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Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter

However at the same time, she is filled with deep love towards Zenzele and understands her fondness of Western ideology. In a way, this letter is just as important to Shiri as it is to Zenzele because while it provides the motherly advice that Zenzele will always treasure, it also gives Shiri a fighting chance to convince Zenzele to intertwine her education abroad with the roots of her home country and ancestors. Ever since Zenzele was a kid, she would debate with her mother about many things, much of the time about their culture and other times about the world around her. She had always been looking for answers, wanting to explore and understand everything she could. Even her mother had a hard time keeping up with her in a conversation. Shiri lived in a time when her country was not very industrialized and because of this her family was heavily in touch with tradition and culture, so she never had the opportunity to develop the thirst for knowledge that her daughter has. Times change, everyone knows that.

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Nozipo Maraire, Dell Publishing pp. Nozipo Maraire transforms the lessons of life into a lyrical narrative. Interweaving history and memories, disappointments and dreams, like the tales of the traditional village storyteller, this letter is a gift from one generation to the next. As her daughter enters a new world, a mother shares the riches of her own through stories of her personal experiences and those of her generation. She writes of Zimbabwe's struggle for independence, and of the men and women who shaped it: Zenzele's father, an outspoken activist lawyer; her aunt, a schoolteacher by day and a secret guerrilla fighter by night; and her cousin, a maid and spy. Each parable is a shrewd and quite often humorous tale interwoven to form a compelling and powerful story.

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