EBOOK Redemption in Indigo

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Free download Redemption in Indigo Karen Lord Õ 0 Free download Summary Ð Redemption in Indigo µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Paama's husband is a fool and a glutton Bad enough that he followed her to her parents' home in the village of Makendha now he's disgraced himself by murdering livestock and stealing corn When Paama leave Everything teaches everyone preaches all have a gospel to sell Better the one who is honest and open in declaring an agenda than the one who fools you into believing that they are only spinning a pretty fancy for beauty s sake This review is about Karen Lord s 2010 novel Redemption in Indigo Spoilers follow as well as a discussion of eating disordersSo What s It About from Goodreads Paama s husband is a fool and a glutton Bad enough that he followed her to her parents home in the village of Makendha now he s disgraced himself by murdering livestock and stealing corn When Paama leaves him for good she attracts the attention of the undying ones the djombi who present her with a gift the Chaos Stick which allows her to manipulate the subtle forces of the world Unfortunately a wrathful djombi with indigo skin believes this power should be his and his alone What I ThoughtThis is mostly a weird and delightful fable that unfolds before you in a winningly conversational manner It truly feels like you re listening to an old storyteller spin a yarn with all of the commentary and little asides that you would expect from someone telling you a story It s a delightful effect and it helps that the narrator s voice is as charming and clever as it is The sense of humor that shines throughout is another strong point you have no idea how talking animals operate Do you think they would have survived long if they regularly made themselves known For that matter do you think an arachnid with mouthparts is capable of articulating the phrase I am a pawnbroker in any known human language Redemption in Indigo features another cruel ruthless African immortal in the same vein as Octavia Butler s Doro from Wild Seed and Tananarive Due s David from My Soul to Keep As befitting the much lighter tone of this book however the djombi ends up being disillusioned because of the unending thankless nature of his work with mortals being confronted with the never ending problems of mortality It was like being made to play with broken toys and the moment a few were fixed to some degree of functionality a fresh set of broken ones was pushed his way And also befitting the much lighter tone of this book the whole point of the book is to emphasize that redemption is possible The djombi learns to respect mortals again through his relationship with Paama and is his process of development throughout the book was another of my favorite aspects of it I think the other theme of the book is that mortals and immortals alike we are all constantly confronted with choices and that these choices define us They may be desperate wise calculated or foolish but at the end of the day they re all we are left withThere is one aspect of the book that I debated whether or not to discuss because I know that my feelings around it are so deeply rooted in Personal Issues Ultimately though I figured that someone else might benefit from knowing that this book was kind of difficult to read as someone in recovery from anorexia because of the way that Paama s husband Ansige is treated He is constantly binging and portrayed as a bumbling selfish and foolish character because of his obsessive relationship with food Ansige is based on the traditional Senegalese folk tale of Ansige Karamba the Glutton and I know that the intent behind the character is to portray the dangers of excess of any kind but at the same time it did feel as though we were supposed to laugh at him and hold him in contempt for his behavior what I could not interpret as anything other than an eating disorder I m not sure that it totally strays into the territory of fat shaming but if you have ever had a dysfunctional relationship with food in one way or the other it might feel like people like you are kind of the butt of the joke here Towards the end of the story I did feel like he was treated with a lot compassion but this might only have been because he was dyingThe plus side of the focus on food is that there are some truly luscious descriptions of Paama s cooking I could relate for you a description of a morsel of her honey almond cake a delicacy which is light enough to melt on the tip of the tongue and yet it lingers on the palate with its subtle flavours long into the dream filled reaches of the night I could sing the praises secondhand alas of her traveller s soup a concoction of smoothly blended and balanced vegetables and herbs guaranteed to put heart and strength back into the bones of the weariest voyager I have heard of her pepperpot wherein meat from the hunt simmers slowly all the day long in a fantastic chutney of seasonings selected spices peppers and green pawpaw And forgive my tears but I have just this moment recalled a certain jar that sits in her kitchen filled with dried fruit steeping in spice spirit red wine cinnamon and nutmeg patiently awaiting that day months or even years hence when it will be baked into a festival cake that will turn the head of the most seasonal toper The F WordThe story begins with Paama leaving her husband because she will not tolerate the way that he treats her any In addition I think Paama is a very interesting protagonist because she is principally defined by fairly stereotypical feminine characteristics her compassion and her skillful cooking It s a great example of a successful and effective female character who doesn t simply ape the characteristics typically associated with masculinity in order to be considered a Strong Female Character I also loved the inclusion of a mysterious order of magical Sisters who can read the future they reminded me strongly of the Greek FatesFinally I love that the story is based in a West African setting and is entirely based on West African folk stories and mythology from the previously mentioned Ansige Karamba the Glutton to the inclusion of an animal trickster god that is definitely based on AnansiAbout the Author from Random House Press Karen Lord has been a physics teacher diplomat part time soldier and academic She is now a writer and research consultant BSc MSc MPhil PhD Her novella Redemption in Indigo won the Frank Colly Literary Award and the William L Crawford Award among others Her novel The Best of All Possible Worlds was published internationally and won the Frank Colly Literary Award RT Reviewers Choice Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and Locus Awards Best Science Fiction Novel She has been nominated for the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer

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Free download Redemption in Indigo Karen Lord Õ 0 Free download Summary Ð Redemption in Indigo µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook All the djombi are happy about this gift the Indigo Lord believes this power should be his and his alone and he sets about trying to persuade Paama to return the Chaos StickChaos is about to reign supreme Based on a Senagalese folk tale Redemption in Indigo follows a similar uirky story telling style to weave an intricate and sweet little story about a woman named Paama Paama is the elder of two daughters married to a not overly impressive lord The match seemed like it would work well enough though since Paama is an exceptional cook and Ansige loves food But after ten years of feeding his insatiable maw Paama has had enough and returns home to her family Ansige follows with his moronic bumbling but Paama reveals her true character by never once trying to make him look bad though he does it well enough on his own When they finally part ways the djombi see her true heart as worthy of the Chaos Stick but the indigo lord disagrees and demands she return his power What happens next is both surprising and bittersweet This originally popped up as a Goodreads recommendation and I uickly grabbed it though I ended up reading and loving Lord s second book The Best of All Possible Worlds first The two books are very different in many ways the latter being of a subtle science fiction story that sneaks in romance but both books share Lord s artful storytelling It s something that I can only describe as comfortable because that s how it makes me feel when I read her books Her words flow so smoothly and unobtrusively uietly sucking you into the story and characters before you even realize it Lord is uite simply a master storyteller Re imagined fairy tales and folk tales are not uncommon but it is rare to find ones that aren t based in European lore Some might recognized the trickster spider Anansi making an appearance in Redemption in Indigo but otherwise this is a refreshingly different tale And different is very very goodSee reviews atThe BiblioSanctum

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Free download Redemption in Indigo Karen Lord Õ 0 Free download Summary Ð Redemption in Indigo µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook S him for good she attracts the attention of the undying ones – the djombi – who present her with a gift the Chaos Stick which allows her to manipulate the subtle forces of the worldUnfortunately not 45 starsThis is a fable almost a fantasy with an all knowing narratorstory teller I must admit I am sometimes wary of fantasies remember The Alchemist but I enjoyed this one It is a reworking of a Senegalese tale Ansige Karamba the Glutton the main protagonist being Paama his wife She is driven away by his greed and selfishness and returns to her family home She is noticed by the djombi undying ones some of whom gives her the Chaos Stick a totem that has some power However another djombi with an indigo skin hence the title claims the right to wield it A fantastical journey ensuesKaren Lord speaks thus about Paama the main character It was a risk making Paama the protagonist After all what makes for good living does not always make for good story But Paama told me very clearly the kind of heroine she was going to be and the plot moulded itself around her personality She failed and did not despair cried and stayed strong left and returned on her own terms Her enemy expected a head on confrontation but she countered with strategic yielding She kept making choices good and bad and never stopped learning from the bad and improving on the good She mastered the art of serendipity which is than mere luck She wielded the Stick well And she sums up her tale in this way Don t get distracted by the talking animals the deathless beings the Object of Power and the other staples of fantasy that I ve added to Paama s story Redemption in Indigo is a novel which celebrates ordinary people and everyday magic because sometimes all it takes to be a heroine is to choose wisely walk softly and carry a small Stick This is Lord s first novel and she has continued to write speculative fiction based on tropes from Caribbean and African tradition I m going to uote from Lord again talking about her work and what Caribbean speculative fiction is and how it differs from other types because she writes rather well Location language worldview It won t be set in the same places it won t be told in the same voice and it won t seek the same outcomes The Caribbean is a beautiful paradox insular and cosmopolitan ancient and modern radical and conservative accommodating and unforgiving The novel moves at a good pace and is easy to read and in a fabulist narrative it is a good to encounter a strong female protagonist and there s a nice little twist at the end It is essentially about change and choices learning and teaching Food is also a central theme I have heard tales of how magnificently she can cook I could relate for you a description of a morsel of her honey almond cake a delicacy which is light enough to melt on the tip of the tongue and yet it lingers on the palate with its subtle flavours long into the dream filled reaches of the night I could sing the praises second hand alas of her traveller s soup a concoction of smoothly blended and balanced vegetables and herbs guaranteed to put heart and strength back into the bones of the weariest voyager I have just this moment recalled a certain jar that sits in her kitchen filled with dried fruit steeping in spice spirit red wine cinnamon and nutmeg patiently awaiting that day months or even years hence when it will be baked into a festival cake that will turn the head of the most seasonal toperThe novel is well written and has great human warmth and it was good to come across a fable that is Non European roots Lord herself is an interesting character and I will certainly read of her work


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  • Paperback
  • 280
  • Redemption in Indigo
  • Karen Lord
  • English
  • 19 July 2020
  • 9781780873084