The Garden Of Burning Sand

The Garden Of Burning Sand Lusaka Zambia Zoe Fleming is a young idealistic American lawyer working with an NGO devoted to combatting the epidemic of child sexual assault in southern Africa Zoe s organization is called in to h

  • Title: The Garden Of Burning Sand
  • Author: Corban Addison
  • ISBN: 9781443419710
  • Page: 213
  • Format: ebook
  • Lusaka, Zambia Zoe Fleming is a young, idealistic American lawyer working with an NGO devoted to combatting the epidemic of child sexual assault in southern Africa Zoe s organization is called in to help when an adolescent girl is brutally assaulted The girl s identity is a mystery Where did she come from Was the attack a random street crime or a premeditated act A beLusaka, Zambia Zoe Fleming is a young, idealistic American lawyer working with an NGO devoted to combatting the epidemic of child sexual assault in southern Africa Zoe s organization is called in to help when an adolescent girl is brutally assaulted The girl s identity is a mystery Where did she come from Was the attack a random street crime or a premeditated act A betrayal in her past gives the girl s plight a special resonance for Zoe, and she is determined to find the perpetrator She slowly forms a working relationship, and then a surprising friendship, with Joseph Kabuta, a Zambian police officer Their search takes them from Lusaka s roughest neighbourhoods to the wild waters of Victoria Falls, from the AIDS stricken streets of Johannesburg to the matchless splendour of Cape Town.As the investigation builds to a climax, threatening to send shockwaves through Zambian society, Zoe is forced to radically reshape her assumptions about love, loyalty, family and, especially, the meaning of justice.

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    1. Set in Zambia, Corban Addison’s book ‘The Garden of Burning Sand’ beautifully captures the ugly legacy of the AIDS epidemic on a society with a complex political, cultural, and economic fabric. Told through Zoe Fleming, a human rights lawyer working in Zambia, the story of a brutal assault of an adolescent girl navigates the many layers of Zambia’s social hierarchies.Granted, the story includes the standard stereotypes of novels set in Africa which perpetuate the danger of a single story [...]

    2. After reading all the glowing reviews given to this book I have to admit that I found it a disappointing read. I am not disputing in any way that AIDS is not a major problem in Africa, but so is malaria and other endemic diseases such as Ebola which has caused so many deaths in the past months.I grew up in Zambia and have many fond memories of a beautiful country populated with some very wonderful people. I also spent many years living in South Africa and herein is the problem with a book of thi [...]

    3. I feel bad giving this book only two stars, because I think that Corban Addison can write really well and there were some very good sections. The problems came with the main character, Zoe. She was annoying beyond belief, professed to love Africa so much, yet was constantly sneering and rolling her eyes at things that weren't Western, and of course, she had to be beautiful, rich and a senator's daughter. I didn't understand why her African boyfriend would bother with her or vice versa. They didn [...]

    4. Oh dear! This is my second Addison high expectation ( created by the reviews) dashed on delivery. Whilst trying to create action - and maybe adventure - as our rich and privileged heroine zooms around the world, from the US to South Africa to Zambia and round again - this book lacks depth. The countries are from a travel log, the characters are cardboard and the issues are excessive. I'm starting to feel that Addison needs to focus on one thing. Maybe rape, OR disability, OR Aids, OR the legal s [...]

    5. I couldn't help being tied in knots reading this novel although a work of fiction it was inspired by real issues and offered an authentic glimpse into the horrifying world of child sexual assault in the sub-Saharan Africa. This is actually of story of good people struggling to do right in this world.This novel is a page turner and weaves together romance, family and human rights issues. While exploring a wide range of pressing world topics including the treatment of women in Africa Mr. Addison [...]

    6. This book was an eye opener for me. Reading this book I got a peek at how people like us, with just the same needs, feelings and rights live in fear of living with nothing. Unprotected, physically, mentally and lawfully. It is so not fair but what do I know, a white teenager in a country that most people don't starve or aren't afraid of leaving their house at night. Someone that has all the basics and doesn't give a second thought at how lucky I am. The novel deals with rape, AIDS, superstition [...]

    7. Insufferably judgmental, American Zoe Fleming claims to love Africa but spends the entire novel shaking her head, rolling her eyes, or feeling nauseous about things African. She apparently has the ability to know in advance who is corruptible (pretty much everyone). Chimamanda Adichie has discussed 'the danger of a single story'; here we get Africa the Aids/poverty/corruption-blighted, only redeemable by Western largesse, in Zoe's expert opinion and she is an expert: I mean, she's read Achebe, [...]

    8. If this story had centered on Africa, it would have been a good crime investigation-law court story of justice, as well as a story of a nation at the brink of change. Within are the people, customs, society and traditions of Zambia in the modern world. However, it is told through the eyes of a more privileged North AmericanZoe Fleming is a whiny, rich, "woe is me" American and her story interferes with the story of Zuyeya and Africa. She gets in the way. As the story progresses, it becomes more [...]

    9. I was instantly drawn to this book and anticipated its release, even watching for it by the minute for it to land on KOBO. Addison’s previous (and debut) novel, A Walk Across The Sun is one of my favourite books. The entire story, The Garden of Burning Sand, was fast paced and kept me engaged from beginning to end.It picked up even more speed around chapter 20t a book you should skim ahead on or you’ll miss details that are necessary to the unfolding of the story.every word moved this story [...]

    10. A copy was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review. Zoe Flemming is a highly regarded attorney who has made a life for herself in Zambia. She is sent to investigate a horrific crime. A young girl with Downs Syndrome is raped and left for death in the slums of Lusaka.I had read A Walk Across the Sun a few years ago so I was really looking forward to getting into this.Zoe joins forces with Joseph Kambuta to help solve this case. She ends up relying heavy on Joseph as the locals do [...]

    11. Audio & hard cover: 4+ Beautiful writing and storytelling despite some despicable social injustices it covers. I really enjoyed the book whether I was reading or listening to it (though audio is particularly well done, covering several accents very well). There was a spot or too that it may have slowed or started to bore me very slightly, then got back on track AND I was a little jaded in rating b/c I just read his A Walk Across the Sun a few weeks ago and it was an amazing debut and had me [...]

    12. Sad but good story about child rape in Africa. Some parts of the main characters personal life and history seemed irrelevant at worst and boring to me at best.

    13. Happy hours are spent with a book when it entertains, gives suspense, adds to knowledge of a country and sets forth issues that are current. The entertainment included a love story between Zoe Fleming, a lawyer who had a Mother who "did good" in Africa while often leaving Zoe & her brother to be raised by hired help and an upwardly mobile father who eventually runs for Senate and President in the US. The country was Zambia including the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls and City of Lusaka slums [...]

    14. An idealistic American lawyer waging battle against corrupt African politicians and an unsympathetic society to find justice for a rape victim with Down’s syndrome should be a sympathetic protagonist for the average reader.Unfortunately, I found Zoe Fleming a bit too perfect and would have preferred to see one of her Zambian colleagues in the leadership role. Why should it always be an American who teaches the rest of the world how to behave?That said, Corban Addison’s second novel was gripp [...]

    15. I didn’t like Zoe at the beginning of the book. I thought she was unreasonably and naively idealistic. I stereotyped her as single-issue candidate who neglected the hard work of the big picture. But what I discovered was her tenacity had more to do with principled convictions driven by her personal story. My fear at the beginning of the novel was that the story would be trite in dealing with a complex issue – that is aids and rape in Africa. My fear was not met. I appreciated Addison’s bal [...]

    16. When I began this book by reading the prologue, I hesitated because the writing seemed so stilted and the main character not very appealing to me. Since it was the only book I had brought with me on vacation, I decided to give it a go and am I ever happy I did. I am sure others have written about the plot/story/characters so I won't talk about the actual structure of the book or any of the three elements. What I truly enjoyed was the flow of the writing and the ability of Addison to feature char [...]

    17. "Garden of Burning Sand" takes the reader on a journey to Zambia, Africa current day, and tells the story of the cruel rape of a teenage girl, under the age of 16, with Down's syndrome. Rape has been tolerated in Zambia for centuries, especially among the disabled and poor. Luckily there is an organization with the resources to challenge traditions and a powerful family to go after and punish the man responsible. The man has AIDS which adds to the travesty of the crime. Author, Corban Addison pu [...]

    18. I've read so many tragic books that have left me speechless and this is no exception. Seriously, who rapes a disabled young girl? I want to go to all third world countries and punish those men myself. (That's how I felt when I read that bit, I even cried.) I'm glad everything didn't end on a happy note, things ended well but a few problems were still there, I like this as our lives aren't perfect and I hate books that end in a fairytale! I'm hoping for a sequel, (fingers crossed)

    19. This the second book from Corban Addison, once again tackles a subject that we often rather avoid knowing about. He does it as thoroughly as in his first book with great research and accuracy in the telling of the story. I hope he continues to take the covers off these very real issues that are happening very close to home

    20. Set in Zambia - full of rape and corruption. An enjoyable read but found it a bit shallow and quick to jump to conclusions at times. Story was interesting and kept me reading. Worth a read so give it a try.

    21. Kitabı çok etkilenerek okudum. Hele yazılanların Afrika gerçeğini yansıttığını düşündükçe daha fazla etkilendim. Açlık , parasızlık, geçim sıkıntısı , hastalıklar ve çocuklara yapılan tacizler. gerçekten çok üzücü. Bu kitaptan harika bir film olacağını da söylemeden edemeyeceğim.

    22. I really hate page-turners. I liked the story of Kuyeya, but the writing is terrible! He was clad in a long-sleeved shirt and jeans, she was wearing capris and a white linen shirt. Who cares?!? Boring!!!

    23. I liked it way more than the reviews would indicate. Book club bookThe New York Times bestselling author John Hart raved that "If you like stories of good people struggling to do right in the world's forgotten places, there is no one better suited than Corban Addison to take you on the ride of your life." In The Garden of Burning Sand, Addison, the bestselling author of A Walk Across the Sun, creates a powerful and poignant novel that takes the reader from the red light areas of Lusaka, Zambia, [...]

    24. 2011 in Zambia, Africa, a young girl with Down syndrome wanders out of her house and into the dangerous night. She is drugged, raped, and then returned. A group of individuals dedicated to fighting human rights abuses called the Coalition of International Legal Advocates (CILA) dive in to help discover who violated the girl, and how to go about prosecuting the rapist for the crime. However, several things stand in their way to prove that such a crime happened, such as many Africans view the chil [...]

    25. I'm planning a trip to Zambia next summer as a medical missionary and so read this with interest. It is set in Lusaka and our heroine is a brace American lawyer string out to correct injustices to rape victims and included it that is AIDS and handicapped individuals. It's a huge topic and handled fairly well but almost too much for one book. Like most novels, the end is somewhat more predictable than real life ever would be. It was definitely worth reading but I wish the author had chosen a real [...]

    26. Can't decide whether to go with a 4 star or 5 star on this one. Mid book it dragged a tiny bit, then hit with a real surprise which I should have seen coming but didn't. The rest of the book was a page turner. One character's behavior I found a little questionable at the end, but it enabled that red bow, so okay. Interesting to read about politics not on our soil for a change, and causes deserving of so much attention.

    27. If I didn't think it would have looked weird, I would have sat in my drive just to listen to this book. I listened to this book on cd in my car. Normally it is not an issue since I drive some distance to work. But I got so interested in this book, I didn't want to put it down so to speak. It was an interesting story that kept uncovering clues along the way. I highly recommend this book if you have an interest in human rights outside our own country.

    28. The author manages to highlight the issues of social injustice towards women, superstition, poverty and ignorance about HIV in Africa. The characterization and setting are somewhat lackluster, but the plot moves along steadily, building to a satisfying ending. Not great literature but an entertaining read.

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