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Response to "Nervous Conditions" by Tsitsi Dangarembga

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Nour Soufia Nervous Conditions by: Tsitsi Dangarembga G. Holmes Braddock Essay Assignment August 31, 2012 Tsitsi Dangarembga made it very easy to sympathize with Tambu. At every inch of the book I felt sad, then happy, then sad again. The fact that the story was written in first person made it more personal, emotional, and real. I felt like I was the one going through the journey with Tambu. When she felt pain I did, and when she was happy so was I. As I was reading I had to stop myself and realize that it is not me going through it all. When I read a book and I can see the characters acting the scenes out in my head, I know that it is a great story. That is exactly what happened to me while reading this book. ...read more.


But no matter what, she never gave up and her perseverance is what made me root for her. She wants to do certain things but she cannot because she is an African girl living in the 60?s. Racism was not written in the book but in some cases it was shown. The scenario that jumped out to me was how Babamakuru?s family loved the white people and wanted to be just like them in every way. They should be proud to be African American. Instead of embracing who they are, they were trying to be something they are not. Also at Sacred Heart School, they were not very welcoming to the African American community. They put more African American girls together to keep them separate from the rest. Her brother on the other hand lost sight of himself in all the luxury Babamakuru gave him. ...read more.


I was so happy to see that Tambu is doing well. Tambu definitely taught me how to be brave and stand up for myself. She also taught me to always strive for what I want and never give up. I am so glad that I got to experience this lovely journey with her. I was captivated by this book the whole time. At the turn of every page I was sitting on the edge of my chair waiting for the next move. This book stole my heart and I wish I could have been there to help, but I felt as if I was trapped and I could not reach them. I felt like I was on a rollercoaster of emotions. One second I am happy and then next I need tissues. Tsitsi Dangarembga did an outstanding job by capturing my emotions. I was truly amazed at the exquisite writing in the book and I enjoyed it very much. Dangarembga wrote this amazing story that I truly will not forget. ...read more.

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