Gods of Noonday: A White Girl's African Life

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University of Virginia Press, 2003 - 308 עמודים
The daughter of medical missionaries, Elaine Neil Orr was born in Nigeria in 1954, in the midst of the national movement that would lead to independence from Great Britain. But as she tells it in her new memoir, Orr did not grow up as a stranger abroad; she was a girl at home - only half American, the other half Nigerian. When she was sent alone to the United States for high school, she didn't realize how much leaving Africa would cost her.
It was only in her forties, in the crisis of kidney failure, that she began to recover her African life. In writing Gods of Noonday she came to understand her double-rootedness: in the Christian church and the Yoruba shrine, the piano and the talking drum. Memory took her back from Duke Medical Center in North Carolina to the shores of West Africa and her hometown of Ogbomosho in the land of the Yoruba people.

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Interesting memoir that at times meanders - I was never sure exactly what was the author's purpose in telling this particular story in this particular way. Some sections were fascinating, others much less so. I would enjoy another piece of writing with a slightly more focused perspective. קרא סקירה מלאה

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I think I expected more of this as an expat (though not missionary) kid myself, having been in Nigeria around the same time. Whilst the Nigerian background was evocative at times and certainly ... קרא סקירה מלאה

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Prologue
1
O Thou Fount of Every Blessing
7
Family
14
Memories Like Palm Nuts
18
The Rough Guide
28
Crossroads
37
Better Homes and Gardens
44
Widening Circles
55
American Shrines
164
Miracles
171
Many a Winding Turn
172
Detention
185
Not a Grove but an Island
186
Burning Love
192
Trials and Errors
200
Though the Mountains Shake with the Swelling Thereof
204

Metamorphosis
64
In the Shade of the Guava Tree
70
Into the Forest
71
God Bless Nigeria Land That I Love
85
Dislocation and Mother Loss
90
The Groves of
102
Brother
111
Lessons on the Road
117
Urhobo Land
125
Gods Jewels
129
The Piano
131
Straining the Calabash
137
Deep in the Country
139
O Blessed Water
147
Fellowship
148
The Fall
154
Bamidele
163
A Brief Happiness
209
Fathers
218
Wenger
223
God with
228
Bleeding
231
Civil
236
Uncle Connell
250
The Spirit of Malice
257
Last Chance
265
The End of This World
279
Breaking the Calabash
283
Wandering through Lifelong Years
295
Restoring the Calabash
297
Coda
303
Works Consulted
305
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מידע על המחבר (2003)

Elaine Neil Orr is a professor of contemporary literature and women's studies at North Carolina State University.

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