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  1. says:

    This is a bit different type of memoirbiography The author tells the story of her grandmother Yetemegnu Mekonnen who was born in Goudar Ethiopia in 1916 She was married at age eight to a man who was almost thirty years of age Edemanam’ s wri

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    The Wife's Tale is a beautiful history of a family that will pull at your heart stringsMy goodness this book was impossible for me to put down This breath taking recount of a woman's life in Ethiopia was truly incredible I'm Canadian and I haven't left North America so reading about other people's lives has always been something I enjoy Seeing into this woman's life and the troubles and triumphs that occurred It's so incredible that there

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    The twentieth century history of Ethiopia is told here by the author through the remarkable life of her paternal grandmother Yetemegnu to whom this book is also a personal tribute Although a biography rather than a memoir the author attempts to tell the story through her grandmother’s eyesYetemegnu was born in 1916 and died in 2013 She was married at the age of eight you read that right to a priest who was 22 years older than he

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    I think the best advice to a potential reader is to skip to the back of the book and look at the glossary and the timeline For some reason the publisher decided to put this information at the back of the book instead of up with the map at the beginning in the book and it's to the books detriment After being constantly conf

  5. says:

    For anyone unfamiliar with the 20th century history of Ethiopia this is a wonderful and mind broadening introduction The prime focu

  6. says:

    A chilling account of life in Ethiopia I found it hard to follow and understand in places but overall a very interesting bookI rece

  7. says:

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about itWhile definitely a touching story it almost seems like an overdone and cliched one While I do recognize that this was the recounting of a true story it seems as if it could have been better written; the writing style was confusing for instance it was hard to distinguish from the narrator and from her own

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    'A ring was threaded onto her third finger another onto the man’s It would be years before she understood what she had promised’ The Wife’s Tale a personal history is the story of one woman’s life growing up and growing old in her native home of Ethiopia Written by Aida Edemariam she recalls the stories that her grandmother Yetemegn

  9. says:

    I was really looking forward to reading this book when I won it through GoodReads I began reading the book and it was incredibly hard to even get through about 40 pages I could not seem to follow the story It seemed to jump all over the place I finally just gave up as the book seemed to make no sense whatsoever R

  10. says:

    See of my book reviews on my blog Literary FlitsDespite it now being well over thirty years since the infamous Michael Buerk report that showed Ethiopia's terrible famine to the world those are still the only images that flash into my mind whenever the country is mentioned There is so much to Ethiopian culture and history

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The Wifes Tale

Da Edemariam retells her grandmother's stories of a childhood surrounded by proud priests and soldiers of her husband's imprisonment of her fight for justice all of it played out against an ancient cycle of festivals and the rhythms of the season I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about itWhile definitely a touching story it almost seems like an overdone and cliched one While I do recognize that this was the recounting of a true story it seems as if it could have been better written the writing style was confusing for instance it was hard to distinguish from the narrator and from her own thoughts That being said the events in this book are definitely inspiring and sometimes bittersweet which is refreshing amidst the sea of other contemporary true stories

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A hundred years ago a girl was born in the northern Ethiopian city of Gondar Before she was ten years old Yetemegnu was married to a man two decades her senior an ambitious poet priest Over the next century her world changed beyond recognition Sh The twentieth century history of Ethiopia is told here by the author through the remarkable life of her paternal grandmother Yetemegnu to whom this book is also a personal tribute Although a biography rather than a memoir the author attempts to tell the story through her grandmother s eyesYetemegnu was born in 1916 and died in 2013 She was married at the age of eight you read that right to a priest who was 22 years older than her and had the first of her 9 children at the age of 14 a tenth pregnancy miscarried She was born into a feudal slave owning society that had hardly changed in centuries and over the course of her long life witnessed the Italian invasion of the 1930s the expulsion of the Italians in 1941 the overthrow of the Emperor Haile Selassie and the Red Terror that followed as well as the Great Famine of 1984 85 It probably helps if you know something of the country s history before reading this but if not there is a timeline at the back of the book along with a glossary of Amharic words and phrases used in the textI thought the opening 100 pages or so were really good but the narrative seemed to lose a bit of impetus after that Yetemegnu was a very religious woman and and the text delved into dreams visions and spirit possession as well as descriptions of years of litigation around her husband s estate We do get a sense of Ethiopian Christianity which seems to or at least did occupy a central part in the lives of the majority of the population and which involves a level of absolute devotion rarely seen in Western countries these days The book closes with a very fitting salute from the author Yetemegnu was certainly a woman with very great reserves of strength and resilience

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E witnessed Fascist invasion and occupation Allied bombardment and exile from her city the ascent and fall of Emperor Haile Selassie revolution and civil war She endured all these things alongside parenthood widowhood and the death of children Ai A chilling account of life in Ethiopia I found it hard to follow and understand in places but overall a very interesting bookI received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads

  • Hardcover
  • 336
  • The Wifes Tale
  • Aida Edemariam
  • en
  • 12 June 2019
  • 9780062136039

About the Author: Aida Edemariam

Aida Edemariam whose father is Ethiopian and mother Canadian grew up in Addis Ababa Ethiopia She studied English literature at Oxford and the University of Toronto and has worked as a journalist in New York at Harper’s Magazine Toronto and London where she is a senior feature writer and editor for the Guardian writing on everything from politics to literature essays on the academic nove