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In this stunning debut novella, Rebecca Walker turns her attention to the power of love and the limitations of the human heart. When Farida, a sophisticated college student, falls in love with Adé, a young Swahili man living on an idyllic island off the coast of Kenya, the two plan to marry and envision a simple life together—free of worldly possessions and concerns. But wIn this stunning debut novella, Rebecca Walker turns her attention to the power of love and the limitations of the human heart. When Farida, a sophisticated college student, falls in love with Adé, a young Swahili man living on an idyllic island off the coast of Kenya, the two plan to marry and envision a simple life together—free of worldly possessions and concerns. But when Farida contracts malaria and finds herself caught in the middle of a civil war, reality crashes in around them. The lovers’ solitude is interrupted by a world in the throes of massive upheaval that threatens to tear them apart, along with all they cherish.   Haunting, exquisite, and certain to become a classic, Adé will stay with you long after you put it down. This is a timeless love story set perfectly, heartbreakingly, in our time....

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Adé: A Love Story Reviews

  • Rowena
    2019-05-30 06:56

    “Again, I felt a sense of belonging- the slow, irrational dissolution of the self I had known, and another core truth of being emerging in concert with the landscape.” - Rebecca Walker, AdeA mixed race American girl (probably Rebecca Walker herself) takes a year off from university to travel around Africa with her best friend. While in Africa, the friends go through very different transformations. When the unnamed narrator goes to an island off the coast of Kenya, she falls in love with an African Muslim man, Ade. What I liked about the book the most of all was the beautiful writing style. Rebecca Walker uses such lovely poetic language, especially when she falls in love with Ade. I also liked the themes that were investigated, especially belonging: “I was being apprehended and to speak would have been to thrust the process, to deny these women the chance to run me through their filters, to digest me and, therefore let me inside and I knew that inside was where I wanted to be; that I would be accepted in the eye at the centre of the storm, and so I calmed myself and let myself be pulled across the divide.”Overall I found the story a bit rushed. It was a novella that I feel could have worked better as a novel. Character development would have been very welcome, as well as a more in-depth look at various themes. The idea of a privileged atheist American teenager living on a predominantly Muslim African island was so intriguing to me but I don't think it was developed enough.I did enjoy the book. It was a quick read and if you’re a romantic, not a skeptic like me, you’ll probably enjoy it more!

  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)
    2019-05-20 06:43

    She is nineteen, half black, daughter to successful but divorced parents. At Yale University she meets Miriam, a vivacious, confident twenty-one-year-old woman who, with her forceful, lively nature, takes her younger friend under her wing and introduces her to the wider world - both at home and abroad. Together, they take a year off and travel, thanks to their moneyed parents. In Africa, she begins to feel a sense of homecoming, no longer standing out with her copper colouring but "one in a great mass of long lost reflections of myself. The language was different but the skin, the way we looked moving in the colors and contours of the world, was the same."As the two women travel across north-eastern Africa, they eventually find themselves on the island of Luma, off the coast of Kenya. Predominately Muslim to Nairobi's Christian, they settle in quickly, effortlessly. On her first night there, she meets Adé, a handsome young man who "radiated an honesty that was unfamiliar, a blend of humility and self-awareness, confidence and modesty all at once, and when he turned to face me, I gasped a little at his unselfconscious beauty." With a mouthful of sweetened spaghetti, their love affair begins, an honest bonding of two souls who find themselves in each other - as well as a new and dangerous world.It is Adé who names her Farida. She needs an Arabic name, he tells her, and chooses this one which means "the woman who is exceptional, a jewel. There is no other like her. She stands alone." He introduces her to his family - his mother, Nuru, and her other children, his cousins and even, eventually, his father who lives on the mainland in a village of rundown huts with his four wives and their many children. Farida continues to learn the language, Swahili, and adapt to the customs of the island, but it is for Adé that she stays, while Miriam leaves for more travel.After Farida agrees to marry Adé, there is much discussion among the women of his family and the imams in the town about how to get the permission of her parents. It is a custom and one they must respect, even though Farida knows her parents won't care. So it is decided that they must travel to America before they can marry. To do so, Adé needs a passport: no easy matter in a country run by a dictator and divided along tribal lines. It is while in mainland Kenya that disaster strikes the happy, carefree couple. Farida succumbs to a rare form of meningitis and cerebral malaria. After weeks at a local hospital, it becomes clear that she must return to America for more treatment. Only, it's August 1990. Saddam Hussein has invaded Kuwait, and America launches the Gulf War in retaliation. All flights are cancelled. The only way Farida can leave is on a specially chartered plane picking up foreign nationals with connections in the right places. Her father has arranged a seat for her on the plane. But there is only one seat.This well-written novella is a tidy homage to love and identity as it explores the all-too-human barriers between race, class, religion and nationalism. The telling is simple but rather beautiful, never overdone or portentous or flowery. Walker, a poet, brings Farida's first-person voice to life in an understated way, capturing her sense of smallness and her quiet search for a place to belong. The West's penchant for romanticising Africa is one of the themes at the heart of this book. Farida and Miriam experience Africa differently, with different eyes and different expectations. For Farida, whose mother was born in Africa and made sure her daughter grew up with a love for all things African, it is a place that allows her to seek a sense of identity that had before been elusive. I know for many reasons that it is unfair, exploitive, and blasphemous to think this, but I began to feel at home there, walking between the palms, looking at the pink and purple, turquoise and orange clothes, faded but clean, fluttering on gray clotheslines above me. Some might say it was only first world romanticism causing me to see myself reflected in the faces of those to whom I could not speak. And yet at each house, even though I had no words to tie us together, a recognition between me and my hosts rose up and hung in the air, roping us together long after I had walked away. [pp. 9-10]The powerful feeling of "fitting in" is new to Farida, and blissful. She is already slipping over the line from first-world to third even before they arrive in Luma and she meets Adé. In Adé, Walker has created a true gentleman, a man respectful of his culture, his people's traditions, his religion and Farida herself. He is loving, tender, passionate, thoughtful and loyal. He's a sweetheart, and it's not hard to see how someone like Farida could fall in love with him and be so willing to give up everything she knows, the lifestyle she grew up in - electricity and washing machines and so on. At the same time, she is young and idealistic, yet she doesn't come across as impressionable. She lacks the experience that comes with age as well as the jaded cynicism, but she sees clearly and is telling her story some two decades later, with the gift of hindsight. The voice of Farida as a young woman is the voice that comes across strongly in the story, not that of her present self.It is a long time before Farida loses her rosy glasses. The trip to Nairobi for a passport for Adé is the beginning of the end of paradise for her. First, soldiers board their bus, ransack the passengers' belongings to steal anything of value, and Farida - in her Western, American pride and arrogance - demands that they stop, she finds the nozzle of a gun pressed to her cheek. Adé has to talk them out of killing her. Later, when tanks roll through town and the streets are deserted but for one young boy whom Farida sees get shot simply for running away, the last of her innocence is stripped away. The sound of the gunshot haunts her.I could not imagine a day when Adé would turn against me, but I could, for the first time, imagine something far worse: death, imprisonment, or cruelty at the hands of a foreign government. Dictatorship and secreted civil wars created a terrible isolation for the people who lived within their unfolding. I saw a hideous and surreal picture of reality with no escape. Adé would not mistreat me, but I had not considered the state. And suddenly I felt less than I had yesterday, and far less than I had the week before. I was losing something. I was going dark. [p.84]It is her sense of "white privilege" that Farida loses - a privilege that she absorbed by dint of being half-white and affluent and living in America. Here in Africa, she is one of them by skin colour alone. It takes the rude awakening on the bus to make her realise that while she may subconsciously believe she possesses white privilege, it's not visible to anyone else there. It won't protect her. The one thing that lingers is the buried knowledge that if the going gets too tough, she can still leave. This, too, is part of white privilege, of being a tourist to the harsh realities of life in a place like Africa. It is something that Farida comes face-to-face with and acknowledge.I looked at Adé, extending the fork again and again, whispering encouragements, and I saw, for the first time, not a stranger, but a person from another place, another world. I saw someone I loved but could never really know. Adé knew how to talk murderers out of pulling the trigger. His father had abandoned him and his mother for four other wives and twice as many children. His island did not have a hospital. He made his living with precise movements of his hands and knowledge of the sky, chiseling flowers into wood for the rich, and knowing the direction of the wind as he steered his dhow. He lived in a house with no electricity and no running water, and shoveled feces from the bathroom - the hole in the ground at the back of his mother's house - every month. Five times a day Adé washed his hands and arms, knelt on a beautiful rug, and prayed to an invisible God.But it was more than this. Yes, I could see it now. It wasn't him it was me. I had done what I swore I would not do: I had romanticized the truths of Africa. I had accepted Adé's life before I realized what it might mean for my own. [pp.94-5]Adé is a classic story of trying to find your place in the world, of being from neither here nor there, of wanting to connect with your roots only to find that, no matter how much you want it to be otherwise, your upbringing has already shaped you. It is a simple story but rich, honest, full of feeling and the stripping away of innocence, naiveté, arrogance. After the clear flow of events throughout, I did find the ending a little vague, requiring more reading between the lines than anything that came before, which made it a bit disjointed and abrupt. The ending also seemed to strengthen the romanticisation of Africa and Farida's relationship with Adé, preserving it in the memories of youth - almost as if Farida made the decision she made not because of the actual difficulties but because the truth of those difficulties, of reality itself, was too much, the sacrifice on her part too great. I don't quite know what to make of it yet, it's something that will stew in my head for a while and would be clearer after a re-read. Overall, though, Walker's debut novel is strong and relevant, told in loving detail and narrated by a woman whose journey will resonate.My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via TLC Book Tours. Please note that quotes in this review are from the uncorrected proof and may appear differently in the final copy.

  • Mayka
    2019-05-29 10:43

    Disclaimer: I have lots of bias for this book.I'm a sucker for culture. I'm a sucker for immediate, unquestionable love. Particularly when it is met with heartache.But mostly I'm biased because this book was the soundbooktrack to my engagement.My then-boyfriend and I had pulled over mid-way through a road trip to stretch our legs along the California coast. I specifically brought Adé with me so that I could photograph the cover against the horizon – I am obsessed with this cover! – On the way I had spent at least twenty minutes telling my then-boyfriend how much I would be willing to purchase the cover's photograph as an oversized print. When we finally pulled over, I took out the book. "You're bringing a book on our break?" he asked.I told him how I was going to accomplish this mission and photograph Adé against the water. He looked at me like I was silly and crazy, but let me carry on with my very niche goal.Photograph taken (, I wandered as far as I could along the highway's tangential trails. He trailed behind me, trying to keep up. Finally we perched on a rock, surrounded by sundried ice plants and swirly cerulean sea. I held onto Adé as we gazed into the waves. We were taking it all in, having a lot of feels, when my then-boyfriend started to scoot away from me. "So, this has been a long time coming..." he said. And then I don't know what else was exchanged.We left the coast engaged. I made sure to take Adé back with me.Actual Review: Adé is the first book I've read by Rebecca Walker, and actually another GoodReads review criticizing that Walker borrowed too much from her own life for Adé just makes me want to read her memoir and compare notes. While I'm particularly interested stories immersed in cultures that I could never just "blend in" to and experience, I haven't read much in the way of African cultures. As an Asian diaspora in the US who had her own culture shock visiting mainland China, it was particularly interesting to read about "Farida" visiting Lamu as a foreigner.I think there could have been more to the end. It was somewhat abrupt, but then I also think that is how we often survive tragedy forced through extenuating circumstances. We remember all the feels up to the moment, but just like I blacked out with overwhelming emotion when my now-fiancé proposed, our defense mechanisms move us along to the next moment so that we cannot dwell.

  • Melissa
    2019-06-16 09:57

    Magical. Lyrical. Haunting. Those are the three words that came to mind from the first page of my copy of Rebecca Walker’s amazing novel Ade’, a Love Story, and by the time I was just a few more pages into the story, I was already swept into the tide of Farida’s life – from college student to world traveler to lover, to, finally, just WOMAN, she seemed as real to me as many of my own friends. I could see her in my minds eye, asking local people in various desert countries to help her broaden her vocabulary, until their words felt like her own, and I could feel her thirst for connection and passion.Her friend Miriam also reminded me of people I knew – still know – and while I can’t say that I disliked her, there were times when she annoyed me a little. “Stop trying so hard,” I’d tell the version of her in my imagination. But then I’d remember my own feelings of being an outsider.Ade’, the title character himself, was also very real to me, but I saw him in soft-focus, through Farida’s eyes. Maybe it helps that my mother dated an Iranian man when I was a toddler (my father was never in the picture) or that I grew up in a diverse group of people from many different cultures, but I could almost hear his accent, his speech patterns – almost smell this skin.It’s no secret that I read in the bath a lot. Even though my copy of Ade’ was a digital copy, and an uncorrected proof version at that, courtesy of TLC Book Tours and NetGalley, I took my Kindle into the bath with me to read this novel, and didn’t come out til the water was ice cold and my fingers and toes totally pruney. Why? Because this book is THAT entrancing. The language, the settings, the characters – all so vivid and so real.Rebecca Walker, I know from her bio, writes for Marie Claire so it’s possible that I’ve read some of her stuff without knowing it, as I’m a long-time subscriber to that magazine. At times her voice seemed incredibly familiar, and that only made me enjoy the book more.Ade’ is a love story, and I am in love with Ade’ and with Ms. Walker’s writing. Brava!

  • Jacques
    2019-05-28 13:49

    I think this book is probably the best novel I've read this year, behind 'The Street' by Ann Petry. The fluidity of the story, along with the lush descriptions of Africa literally MOVED me. I am not a reader of love stories, I find them to be typical and corny; yet this book was way more than a love story. I felt it was a kindred exchange by happenstance of two people who merely belonged. So worth the purchase. Will definitely read again. I now anticipate all the works of Rebecca Walker.

  • Madison
    2019-06-17 12:49

    A TRUE LOVE STORY: I finished this book the day I got it out of my mailbox. I have no words to describe how I felt after finishing it. I guess you could say I was in awe or shock. of course the tears came in the last pages of the book, but the last two paragraphs I was bawling. I personally have never been so moved by a book in my life, and I have a feeling this book will never leave my mind or memory. I've cried over books twice before but that was because someone was dying never had I bawled like this over a love story. And to be honest what really had me on tears was because I wanted there to be a happy ending neatly tied up with a bow, if you will. Also this book shoes the TRUE BEAUTY of Africa. (makes me want to go there lol) The author did an exceptional job explaining everywhere the girls went. To sum up my review, I give this book 5 stars. It truly was "haunting and exquisite". I have never been so moved by a book. My only question for Farida would be: "Why didn't you go back?"

  • Elizabeth
    2019-06-09 05:55

    Well written, but annoying. It romanticized an unconvincing relationship between a privileged American Yale graduate and a Kenyan, without ever looking at the implications of the decision to marry a man who had never even been to his capital city or ridden an elevator, while she grew up between San Francisco and Manhattan (and as the daughter of Alice Walker, although it is a novel rather than a memoir). She is half Jewish and seems to blithely agree to wearing head coverings, and doesn't seem to even think about what her life as his wife will be. Of course, she ends up leaving (due to illness, but I have no doubt she would have ended up leaving regardless.) Now she looks back sentimentally 20 yrs later with no real reflection. She read like a naive, self involved, elite American without any insight into how her (to me) impetuous marriage may have affected him and his family, and we don't ever hear about the aftermath. (Oops, that was kind of harsh! Maybe if it was longer all these criticisms would have been addressed.)

  • Maria Adams
    2019-05-21 09:09

    I had huge expectations for this book since Rebecca Walker has been one of my favorite writers for years now. Perhaps I set myself up for disappointment by building up the debut fiction book release in my mind. While I read through the tiny book quickly and did enjoy it, Ade did not excite me in the same way Walker's previous books have (I.e. Black, White, and Jewish; Baby Love; To Be Real; etc...). In my opinion, characters were not fully developed and the plot felt very rushed. Regardless, I still love Walker and will await her next book, fiction or nonfiction with great anticipation.

  • Wendy
    2019-06-14 09:45

    Adé is a coming of age love story. It captured me from the first page and I didn't put it down until I was finished. Wonderfully written Rebecca Walker creates a captivating portrait of a young American woman who travels abroad to Africa and finds love with a Swahili Muslim man. There they create their own paradise, plan to marry and are then faced with the unsettling and often violent realities of life just as the Persian Gulf war begins. This is an extraordinary love story and tale of survival. Adé will stay with me for a long time.

  • prettybooks
    2019-06-13 10:55

    13/20La pureté d’un amour confrontée à la violence d’un contexte politique, c’est le sujet de ce roman intense. L’auteur aborde la difficile acclimatation à une culture différente, et la difficulté pour un amour de survivre à tous ces obstacles. Ce fut une belle lecture même si la première moitié du roman m’a un peu laissée de marbre.Ma chronique :

  • Nicole Summer
    2019-06-11 05:42

    Did not like it. I still love Rebecca, but I was disappointed that she borrowed so many details from her personal life for this book. It was way too obvious to anyone who has read her memoir. Also, it's too short to call itself a novel.

  • Rianna Jade
    2019-06-07 08:58

    Rebecca's words are seductive and whilst I didn't particularly want to read a love story, I danced with her for a 111 pages then sat down completely satisfied.Do you remember, mpenzi?

  • Tatiane Lima
    2019-06-10 07:53

    Casa de Palavras - Uma história de Amor é o nome do livro de Rebecca Walker sobre a vida que descobriu com Adé. É curto, mas intenso ao mostrar o complexo Universo de escolhas a se fazer para viver.

  • Jocelyn Jenee
    2019-06-18 13:57

    HmmmmNot sure how I feel about the book overall. I enjoyed the beginning and end most. A quick and easy read.

  • Carmon Camp
    2019-06-18 06:07

    It is awesome to read a piece by a true writer whose love for words is evident by my transportation to the setting of the book.

  • Jacques
    2019-06-20 07:08

    years later & it's still my favorite story of love and loss.

  • Debbie
    2019-05-23 08:01

    (Fiction, Contemporary, Literary)This is subtitled a “love story” but this is no romance novel. An American (or was she a Brit? It doesn’t matter really) falls in love with a native Swahili man while in Kenya. When an epidemic breaks out, they attempt to flee to the first world.Adé is a love story in the tradition of Romeo and Juliet. Haunting and heart-breaking, it deserves to be a classic of 21st century literature. I have not been as touched by a book in a long time as I was by Adé.I’m not saying more—you’ll just have to read the book. It’s short, it’s lovely, and it will stay with you a long time.4½ stars

  • Alysia
    2019-06-07 11:04

    I just finished reading this book and had to sit down and right this review right now.Again I have to say..."Where do you start when you read a beautiful book?"One. You should read this book. There is not enough hype going on about Rebecca Walkers book Adé. It is the pure meaning of short and sweet. Ok let me start and the beginning. I received a box full of copies of this book from TLC book tours as a gift to Mocha Girls Read book club members for our 2nd Anniversary last year. Yes, it has been sitting on my shelf since then. Every single book club meeting there would be at least one lady to mention she just finished reading Adé and how much she loved it. How could I not pick it up and read it?The story centers around Farida (her Arabic name) when she leaves college and travels throughout Africa with her college friend Miriam. Once in Africa the two have their friendship tested as Miriam feels like an outsider while Farida feels like she has just come home and is at peace with her new surroundings. From Egypt to Kenya, the girls travel to a small Kenyan island called Lamu. This is where the love story starts. Once they meet Adé and Farida start building a life together and make plans to be married in the most traditional Kenyan way. But with her family in the states plans have to be made so Adé can ask her family face to face for her hand in marriage. I LOVE THIS BOOK! Sorry! I just lost a bit of control there for a minute. Rebecca Walker is a beautiful writer whose style is graceful and vivid. But the one thing about this book I can not get over is the....about the spill the beans...the similarity to my life experience decades ago in Egypt. I felt at home there the day I landed and had no concept of the language and/or the real Egypt. But I fell in love anyways with the country, the people, the beach I lived on and a man of course. But the reasons for leaving where not the same and I didn't think I could stay like Farida does. It was not an option for me and I have to say that I am a bit jealous of Farida for just going head-over-heels into a marriage. I love that! I wanted to stay but I couldn't see it like she did. Ok! That is enough about me. LOL! Oh...What was my Arabic name? Zahara (flower) LOL! Me a flower. LOL! I loved it and it fit me at the time. The author did an excellent job of describing Adé and his tenderness. I can see all the female readers falling in love with him too. Thank you Rebecca Walker for your style and grace in telling this story. You had me tearing up and smiling at the same time. Love that! What more can I say about this book? It WILL be on my 2014 Best of List! and...Read it!

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-20 10:41

    Stunningly beautiful prose. The depth of Ms. Walkers writing is stunning.

  • Catherine King
    2019-05-27 09:44

    An incredibly silly book that took itself way too seriously. A frustrating narrator, blissfully un-self-aware, romanticizes the third world, with an author eager to indulge her. There's the narrator's slapdash friendship with a girlfriend from college (which is dripping with biphobia -- the narrator and her friend are briefly lovers, but purely for the sake of riling up straight men around them, and later they end the romance to get to "the meat of things -- men," because, you know, no one is ever actually interested in more than one sex, it is only ever for attention)... there's the sojourn in a quiet Egyptian town which apparently has so little internal reality that they think nothing of throwing a party for the Americans who have stayed there a couple of weeks. A party.Then we get to a little resort island, where the narrator falls in love with Ade, a local man. Again, this is hailed as the best thing that ever happened in this tiny town, and no one has any problem with it at all, unless they are already a bad person and grr, the narrator shouldn't like them. Our narrator's friend reveals herself as the spiteful shrew that 50% of all female friends in women's literature reveal themselves to be, and says that the romance is bogus because the resort island isn't the "real" Africa, it's just a tourist trap. The reader, meanwhile, is coming up with many more reasons why this match is a bad idea: they barely know each other a month before deciding to get married; Ade is a devout Muslim, the narrator is an atheist who was raised Jewish; she's from an upscale New York background and is traveling the world to "find herself," he's never left his island, and has never even been on an elevator. (The writer shrewdly keeps these pesky little details out of anyone's head, and the spiteful friend, who is clearly just jealous, leaves, taking any concern that this wedding is a bad idea with her.) The narrator and Ade get married and for a while all is bliss, until plot contrivances ensue to rend them apart.The resolution is then rushed and tacky, with a desperate promise between the lovers that they will find each other again, only to end with an abrupt "that was twenty years ago," giving the reader the idea that the narrator never bothered to find Ade again, and once he was out of sight, he was way the heck out of mind, only useful for the occasional reminisce about ahh, those simpler days, those simpler little islands on the edge of Africa.

  • Spes
    2019-06-13 06:07

    Che cosa vuol dire essere americane e al contempo metà ebree e metà afroamericane? Che cosa significa andare a fare un viaggio in Africa alla ricerca di se stessi e cercare la propria identità? Che cosa è uno scontro di civiltà?Il libro tratta di questo e altro ancora, ed è un romanzo breve a metà tra il rosa, il romanzo di formazione e di avventure. Sicuramente ha un posto di primo piano la storia d'amore della protagonista americana con un ragazzo keniota, che sorge spontanea e forse un po' troppo subitanea e idilliaca per risultare credibile. È un buono sfondo però per descrivere l'impatto che ha la ragazza con l'Africa: lei nera, ma bianca dentro, intrisa di pregiudizi suo malgrado o soprattutto di immagini edulcorate del continente nero. Sente una vicinanza quasi epidermica con le persone; vuole scoprire, vivere, capire la religione islamica e le usanze delle persone e vi si butta a capofitto immergendosi in un turbinio di sapori, odori e esperienze. Arriva ad accettare in modo remissivo la cultura locale e si trova in una posizione in cui rimane straniera, ma è accolta e stimata. Pensa di aver capito e invece non ha capito nulla delle dinamiche complesse e anche violente che dominano il continente: ha romantizzato l'Africa. Probabilmente non potrà mai rinunciare veramente alle sue libertà e alla sua indipendenza di donna occidentale. E allora... Penso che l'aspetto più interessante del libro sia il problema delle identità culturali e delle diversità: l'autrice riesce ad andare oltre al naif "siamo tutti diversi, ma anche tutti uguali; quanto è bello conoscere nuove culture e imparare nuove usanze!" e altre espressioni politicamente corrette; e va naturalmente anche oltre a idee dell'Africa come di un continente barbaro e retrogrado o della religione musulmana come repressiva e violenta. Mostra invece una grande sensibilità.Certo il libro rimane, come recita il sottotitolo, "a love story" e alcune tematiche che avrebbero potuto essere approfondite sono lasciate pescare dal lettore attento che vuole andare oltre ai bei sentimenti puri descritti. Insomma va bene per chi cerca il romance o per chi vuole avere un approccio disimpegnato con le problematiche interculturali, ma se si è in cerca di una dissertazione più approfondita meglio leggere un saggio ad hoc.

  • Glenna
    2019-05-20 05:46

    A book about love that is planted between cultures and timesThis is a remarkable book about a copper colored American girl who goes on a trip to Africa with a friend. Her mother had taken a long trip to Africa that defined her when she was a girl, so she encourages her daughter to go too--to experience it, not to just visit. And our American girl is renamed by a man she meets, Ade, Farida there in Kenya. And in fact, she is reborn and she is changed by her stay in Africa. She falls in love and feels more at home in Kenya that she did from where was from. In her quest to get a passport for Ade so he can take her home and formally ask her family to allow him to marry her, she falls ill and experience the other side of Africa. On other occasions she experiences the other Africa, the real Africa, like watching a young boy shot down in a deserted street by soldiers in a tank, but she ignores those ominous warnings due to her love for Ade and the land. But when she is struck deathly ill by malaria she can no longer choose to ignore this other side of Africa. She is sent home, miraculously allowed to leave, to regain her health and she leaves Ade and Africa behind. The book is beautiful. The language used is clear and thoughtful and inspiring. If you were looking for a book that explored the appreciation for another culture, than this book is for you. If you aren't looking for a book about love that destiny sometimes brings to a rare few, and is therefore short lived, than this book is for you. If you don't care a bit for appreciating other cultures and peoples than this book is still for you, although it will surprise you, because it is a well told story related in such a way that you will appreciate all the nuances of love found unexpectedly and you will not care that you learned something along the way. This is not a very long read, just a good one. I can't recommend it enough to you. I enjoyed it immensely. The beginning make me think of the Karen Blitzen's Out of Africa.

  • Monika
    2019-05-21 13:58

    Originally posted on my blog, A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall:THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! I kid you not, my heart skips a beat whenever I think about this book. It was that good.I was surprised by two things. First, Rebecca Walker's writing is very descriptive in a wordy kind of way, something I normally do not enjoy at all. But the style here was simply magnificent. I soaked in every word. Second, it's a love story. This is something I normally avoid. But this novel wasn't a vapid, silly love story. Farida and Adé's story was stunning. Sensitive, superb, and perfectly timed.Adé makes me want to eat coconut rice and cassava and chicken biryani. I loved learning about Lamu, Kenya. I gained intimate insight into Swahili culture, but was also reminded that many experiences are just plain human. And oh my word, was I ever reminded of my own "first world problems."By the end, with only a few pages of the book left, I was still completely absorbed in every word, every phrase. Then the main character, Farida, comes to a profound realization. It's something that, when I read it, I thought, "umm, yeah, that's never good, I could have warned you about that." But then I realized, I did this very same thing while I was reading! Rebecca Walker's ravishing descriptions of the culture and people tricked me into doing something I was so high and mighty about when I recognized it at the end. (I know this is vague, but I don't want to spoil it.)Walker swept me in so that I was fully invested in the characters and their lives. At only 128 pages, you do not want to miss out on the incredible, moving experience of reading Adé.I received a copy of this book from the publisher via TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.

  • Brigitte Alouqua
    2019-05-26 13:42

    Que dire, si ce n’est que ce n’est pas tout les jours que l’on rencontre un amour tel que nous le raconte Farida (de son prénom arabe donné par Adé).Elle va s’envoler pour une année sabbatique en compagnie de son amie, elles vont visiter l’Afrique. C’est lors d’une de leurs escales qu’elle fera LA rencontre qui changera sa vie.Mais tout n’est pas si simple pour autant…Ce n’est pas parce que leur amour est sincère, qu’il sera forcément accepté plus facilement, elle va devoir « faire ses preuves ».Tout se passe malgré tout très vite entre eux, rapidement ils vont vouloir franchir le cap du mariage, mais Adé devra avoir le consentement de ses futurs beaux-parents, c’est la tradition qui le veut. Mais il n’a jamais quitté son « chez lui », n’a pas de passeport, il faut donc commencer par-là. Ce qui prendra pas mal de temps, et d’argent.Comme s’il n’y avait pas encore assez d’obstacles à leur bonheur, il faut qu’une foutue maladie vienne en plus s’en mêler…Je ne vais pas tout vous raconter quand même !!!J’ai lu que Madonna elle-même, avais aimé cette histoire, à un point tel qu’elle veut en faire l’adaptation ciné. Je ne peux que lui donner raison, c’est une très belle histoire remplie d’amour, le vrai amour. Et, même si j’avais espéré une autre fin, j’ai adoré faire ce voyage sur un autre continent, j’y ai croisé de superbes paysages, mais également la différence de culture, des coutumes que l’on pourrait trouver vieux jeu, plus de notre temps.L’ensemble, nous donne une histoire pleine de sincérité, on en ressort avec des étoiles et des larmes au fond des yeux.

  • Kathleen Hagen
    2019-06-12 09:53

    Ade (pronounced Aday),, by Rebecca Walker, Narrated by Janina Edwards, Produced by Brilliance Audio, downloaded from this is a novel, it is clear that the family background of Farida follows pretty closely the autobiographical background of Rebecca Walker, Alice Walker’s daughter. In this novel, Farida, and a friend of hers, Miriam, decide to spend a year in Africa. Miriam’s idea is to do a tour of all the countries not staying anywhere very long. But Farida finds, when they get to an isolated island, that she has fallen in love with a Swahili man, Ade, and wants to stay with him in Africa forever. Everything goes well until Ade determines that in order for them to be truly married, he must come to the U.S. and meet her parents. The troubles begin as Ade is thwarted at every turn toward getting a passport and can only get one through the continuous bribes Farida is able to pay the various officials. Then, civil war starts between various countries, and the couple finds it very hard to move toward their goal of coming to America. Finally, it becomes necessary for Farida to leave for the U.S. immediately as she has a virulent form of malaria which cannot be treated there and she must go home for treatment or die. This ultimately brings about the end of their relationship. This is a beautiful heart-breaking love story as the couple learns that love cannot surpass all other cultural barriers. The publisher’s note calls it a “timeless love story” and they’re right.

  • Anne Ku
    2019-05-25 12:52

    When Rebecca Walker read an excerpt from her new novel "Ade: A Love Story" last October (2013) in the home of my writing teacher in Wailuku, I felt as though I was reliving my own experience on that island of Lamu. No one else in the room had been there. None of my classmates from our summer writing course could have experienced what it was like to go to this African island, knowing no one and where to go.I decided I had to get the book and read it. I brought it with me on my three-month sojourn on mainland USA and read it deliberately. Each sentence was a gem. I did not want to speed read, the way I usually do to get through the plot. I hung on every word. I caressed each page with my hands. Once I got into the flow of reading (as I have been out of touch, no time to read for pleasure in the last few years of "busy-ness" on Maui), I didn't want to stop. Once I finished the book, I didn't want to read another book.I just want to escape back to Lamu and at the same time back to when I was that age --- young, carefree, and daring. It was as though I, too, went back to a time when I fell in love with someone I thought I'd be with forever.It's that kind of love story.

  • Melinda
    2019-06-11 05:46

    A young biracial American girl travels for a year with her best friend. While in Africa, the friends go through various individual changes. Traveling to a remote island off the coast of Kenya, she falls in love with an African Muslim man, Ade.The reader can’t help admiring Walker’s exquisite writing. Her words are full of emotion and depth leaving you agog.The unnamed narrator sheds layers of her old self like a snake molting. We are privy to her metamorphoses as she discovers who she is as she feels comfortable and at home exploring different countries, traditions and cultures. Her falling in love with Ade is innocent and beautiful as their hearts and feelings unfold and contract. Slowly love develops, as these two souls from contrasting worlds blend uninterrupted as you remain hopeful their union fails to become irreparably disjointed.“Again, I felt a sense of belonging- the slow, irrational dissolution of the self I had known, and another core truth of being emerging in concert with the landscape.” -Thoroughly enjoyed this novella, however, I felt it was too short and subsequently underdeveloped.

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-25 05:48

    Adé is both a coming-of-age story and a love story.A young woman and her friend leave Yale behind to explore the world, with a focus on Africa. When they arrive in Egypt she feels at home as so many of the people look like her. After coming too close to the political realities of the big cities, they retreat to Lamu, an island off the coast of Kenya. There she falls in love with Adé, a young Swahili man, and they begin to face the differences in their cultures.Author Rebecca Walker, the daughter of writer Alice Walker, writes with such clarity that this book feels more like a memoir than a short novel. It is written in the first person with rich descriptive language - I feel that I am in Africa with her. Once I got past the introduction, and met Adé, I did not want to put the book down. Our young woman does not get a name until her boyfriend gives her a Arabic name. It is Farida. Adé ends at the right moment, when we want more, but more would ruin the story.I purchased this book on a whim when it was an Amazon deal of the day, knowing that it had recently been an Amazon Editor's choice. I was not disappointed.

  • Kerry
    2019-06-05 14:08

    Undoubtedly, the book is beautifully written--the writing style is ephemeral and impressionistic. But the story is not about love: it is about naivete. Perhaps it could be considered a cautionary tale. Though the shortness of this book is to its advantage, much of of the main character's background was too convenient or not believable. Well, sure, maybe only a person with wealthy parents could manage to find her way sublimely to an African island and live for months there without worrying about future or finances or bureaucracy, and maybe that is partially the point. But without knowing more about the parents, it surely even these cultured, affluent individuals would have questioned their daughter's choice after they send her to Yale and pay her way through a continent. They don't seem to be chafing at their own metropolitan lifestyles, and it seems unlikely they would be willing to allow their daughter to throw away her education and the future they foresee for her to isolate herself from the world that she clearly (and it should have been clear, even to them) that she knows so little about.

  • Katina
    2019-06-14 07:57

    I lost myself in this little book and devoured it in the course of one flight from ATL to LAX. It's definitely a quick read, since I was able to complete it while also occupying a 2 year old on the airplane.To me it read more like a memoir than a "love story." The main character describes everything from her point of view and has a blind spot for her unique privilege (as my book club buddy put it, not just for her status as an American, but also as a wealthy and very well-connected American). I did not dislike this aspect necessarily, and I think it made good fodder for discussion. The language is lyrical and lovely and made me remember, fondly, my own first love story. At the end, SPOILER ALERT, I was left wondering what exactly went wrong. What happened to the duo when they went their own ways? How long did their heartache last? Was Ade able to look back on this relationship like the narrator? As similarly formative, and with so much fondness?