Boomerang, by Temba Magorimbo


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Boomerang is the type of novel where it seems like a whole lot is going on, but there’s really not as much as you think. Things are a little convoluted for me still, so hopefully I get this right. 
Kangira is a wood carver that became embroiled in sneaky shift of power after the chieftain died. His bachelor status is a huge concern for the tribe, and many encourage him to change that. After he takes a wife, the story follows his descendants and their lives through time and into the modern world and the establishment of his own clan. 
The narrative itself was deeply imagined. While fictitious, customs and cultures that were demonstrated allowed for an interesting backdrop. That backdrop slowly changes as time progresses. However, it still maintains a good level of creativity. I think characters really helped with that too. There was a myriad to choose from. All of them had their own, unique stories that contributed to the narrative. 
Being a more character-driven story, description lacked in some areas. It tells like the reader should already know the surrounding areas and the actions in the scenes. Changing that around could make the narrative a bit more powerful. 
Running through three generations of a family tree was also a little confusing. While the characters are distinctly marked, it doesn’t really click as to who they are or why they’re important until the end. The narrative explored their lives, how they’ve changed from generation to generation, and how they’ve progressed into the future. 

Because of that, the tone feels like a familial memoir–one talking about how an empire of sorts. And, I suppose, within their family, they do kind of build an empire.
There was lots of repetitious actions. Not just minor ones in conversations–those were nearly nonexistent. I’m talking more of major plot points. Or rather, the consequences that push the plot forward. I recognize why it’s important, and why it’s necessary, but after a while it got boring. It’s not supposed to be a novel of thrilling proportions, but there was definitely room for less repetition. I think coupled with the fact that the writing itself needed some good, solid editing would do wonders for the narrative. 
It was an interesting story in its raw form. Polishing would be a huge benefit for it. It created creative, interesting characters, who have lives that would be considered unheard of now. Not bad. 
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