[[ Reading ]] ➸ When Hoopoes Go to Heaven Author Gaile Parkin – Fanfaremedia.co.uk


When Hoopoes Go to Heaven quotes When Hoopoes Go to Heaven, litcharts When Hoopoes Go to Heaven, symbolism When Hoopoes Go to Heaven, summary shmoop When Hoopoes Go to Heaven, When Hoopoes Go to Heaven f1628615 Ten Year Old Benedict Is Feeling Happy His Family S New Home In Swaziland Has The Most Beautiful Garden In The Whole Entire World, Teeming With Insects, Frogs And His Favourite Cinnamon Coloured Birds Here, Crouched In The Cool Shade Of The Lucky Bean Tree, It S Easy To Forget The Loneliness That Comes From His Siblings Playing Without Him, Easy To Stop Himself Fretting About How To Fix His Mama S Failing Cake Baking Business Of Course, There Are Many Things In Africa That Cannot Be Put Right By A Boy Who Isn T Yet Big But In Benedict S Wonder Filled World, Even The Ugliest Situation Has A Certain Magic Warm, Funny And Brimming With Life, Where Hoopoes Go To Heaven Paints A Fresh And Compelling Picture Of Life In Swaziland That Will Capture Your Imagination And Restore Your Faith In Humanity


10 thoughts on “When Hoopoes Go to Heaven

  1. says:

    Forced myself to finish this one so I could say I d read a book set in Swaziland but really not great I hadn t read Baking Cakes in Kigali which may have providedinformation on the characters, but I should have been able to getout of this one whether or not I d read the other It waslike being dropped into a scene of normal life than into a novel where something is actually happening for a reason I gave the book one of its two stars for including bits of interesting cultural Forced myself to finish this one so I could say I d read a book set in Swaziland but really not great I hadn t read Baking Cakes in Kigali which may have providedinformation on the characters, but I should have been able to getout of this one whether or not I d read the other It waslike being dropped into a scene of normal life than into a novel where something is actually happening for a reason I gave the book one of its two stars for including bits of interesting cultural contrast between Swaziland, South Africa, and some other bordering countries Overall, I would not recommend it


  2. says:

    This book explores the complexities experienced by a migrant family living with the reality of AIDS, the repressive regime of Swaziland where women are regarded and treated as the possessions of men, and the daily struggles of the family members and neighbours in 2001 The tale is narrated by Benedict, a 10 year old boy, who loves animals and tries to make sense of the events surrounding him The setting is authentic, the author s ear for local dialect and intonation adds to the tone of the stor This book explores the complexities experienced by a migrant family living with the reality of AIDS, the repressive regime of Swaziland where women are regarded and treated as the possessions of men, and the daily struggles of the family members and neighbours in 2001 The tale is narrated by Benedict, a 10 year old boy, who loves animals and tries to make sense of the events surrounding him The setting is authentic, the author s ear for local dialect and intonation adds to the tone of the story and the characters completely believable The author presents the complex realities of the situation with a light touch without denying the seriousness of the underlying issues


  3. says:

    I really enjoyed this, although it was a little slow going The character of Benedict was adorable and I found the positive portrayal of all the lead characters refreshing Good people trying to do the right thing by those around them The background of Swaziland and the problems it s facing was informative and new to me I found some of it upsetting such as the way girls were treated or the aids statistics , but the overall tone of the book was positive and life affirming Just what I needed i I really enjoyed this, although it was a little slow going The character of Benedict was adorable and I found the positive portrayal of all the lead characters refreshing Good people trying to do the right thing by those around them The background of Swaziland and the problems it s facing was informative and new to me I found some of it upsetting such as the way girls were treated or the aids statistics , but the overall tone of the book was positive and life affirming Just what I needed in my reading


  4. says:

    In this companion to Baking Cakes in Kigali, Angel s ten year old grandson slash adopted son takes the stage as narrator Benedict s interests lie not in cakes and problem solving but in animals and insects and worrying about the fact that he s the family s oldest boy and thus hasresponsibilities.When I read Baking Cakes in Kigali, I struggled with the everything and the kitchen sink end of it Angel is faced with problem after problem after problem, and then she solves problem after pro In this companion to Baking Cakes in Kigali, Angel s ten year old grandson slash adopted son takes the stage as narrator Benedict s interests lie not in cakes and problem solving but in animals and insects and worrying about the fact that he s the family s oldest boy and thus hasresponsibilities.When I read Baking Cakes in Kigali, I struggled with the everything and the kitchen sink end of it Angel is faced with problem after problem after problem, and then she solves problem after problem after problem It left me rather exhausted and feeling as though I had whiplash Here Parkin takes a different tack while she works in a number of significant problems often to serve as lessons , neither Angel nor Benedict is expected to solve them all A woman mourning her long dead stillborn child a girl being abused by a teacher AIDS Angel s struggle to get her cake baking business off the ground in a new country a woman offered a marriage proposal as a second wife the unwelcome mother in law who s moved in a young boy teased for his lispand so on and so forth It s still a little kitchen sink y, but because some of the pressure is off Angel co to solve things, it s not as overwhelming.Swaziland, where this book is set, has a tragically high incidence of AIDS, and AIDS plays a role albeit a relatively minor one in Benedict s experience throughout the book That minor role fits to tone of both books pack in a lot of big issues but keep it light , although I had some questions about it Hoopoes is set in 2001, which we know because the characters see the World Trade Center fall on television, but some of them also have cell phones, which is possible but not super likely for 2001I was left with the suspicion that it s set in 2001 largely to make Benedict s ignorance of all things AIDS relatedrealistic.Altogether this was an easier read for me than Baking Cakes in Kigali, though my interest in Parkin s future books theory next one will be narrated by Josephine definitely seemed like she was being set up for a future book is passive A little too much reliance on aggressive cuteness e.g., repeated mentions of how Angel isn t an educated somebody and Benedict s limited ten year old understanding of what things are Still, I m glad to see that Parkin can play with structure and setup, as that ll allow herrange in future books


  5. says:

    This second book, by Gaile Parkin Follows certain characters from the first one Baking Cakes in Kigali I have loved reading both of these books as the characters are so heartfelt This books main focus is on Benedict Tungaraza , a young 10 year old boy who lives with his Grandparents , Angel, the baker of beautiful and meaningful cakes and Pius, a University professor, after having moved from Kigali, Rwanda for the grandfathers work, to Swaziland.Young Benedict loves his new location which ha This second book, by Gaile Parkin Follows certain characters from the first one Baking Cakes in Kigali I have loved reading both of these books as the characters are so heartfelt This books main focus is on Benedict Tungaraza , a young 10 year old boy who lives with his Grandparents , Angel, the baker of beautiful and meaningful cakes and Pius, a University professor, after having moved from Kigali, Rwanda for the grandfathers work, to Swaziland.Young Benedict loves his new location which has a wonderful garden, and he is a big lover of birds and wildlife in general, so there is a lot to keep him busy, but he also comes up with a lot of other ways to do that.We meet so many interesting characters, learn about the customs and the area where they are now living and delve into a lot of different issues that are going on with the other people in the story.Such a well written and just an overall engaging read


  6. says:

    In the midst of the appalling tragedy that is HIV AIDs in the African continent, ten year old Benedict is getting on with his life as ten year old boys the world over do Both his parents are late , and with his two siblings and two cousins, who also have late parents, he has been taken under the wing of his grandparents The family has just moved from Tanzania to Swaziland for his Baba s work Mama, or Angel as she is also known, is desperately trying to get her cake baking business going, w In the midst of the appalling tragedy that is HIV AIDs in the African continent, ten year old Benedict is getting on with his life as ten year old boys the world over do Both his parents are late , and with his two siblings and two cousins, who also have late parents, he has been taken under the wing of his grandparents The family has just moved from Tanzania to Swaziland for his Baba s work Mama, or Angel as she is also known, is desperately trying to get her cake baking business going, which is not easy while attempting to settle into a new place Benedict is the type of child who will find something good or positive in any situation, and for him, his new home is a paradise A beautiful garden rich with lizards, birds and butterflies, and with the recent tragedies in his young life, it doesn t take much for him to escape into his own special world As an outsider at school, a kwerekwere, he finds solace in the garden, in reading King Solomon s Mines to improve his language knowledge and generally getting to know his new environment Which includes the search for the buried treasure in aforementioned book Benedict is convinced is buried nearby Being an inquisitive boy, determined to be good for his grandparents, and where death from HIV AIDS is an everyday occurrence, he very quickly endears himself to the local funeral directors Lots of doors open to Benedict and his family as a result of his charm, and with his open mind and his open heart, yet little or no understanding of the adult world around him, he is a happy little lad Despite the vast majority of the book being narrated through Benedict s eyes, the reader gets a very keen sense of the world the adults are living and surviving in Benedict s grandparents with the responsibility of five grandchildren, the neighbours with their family, Mavis who works for Baba and Mama and has her own grief to deal with, the young man who looks after the animals, as well as a girl at his school. Not a great deal happens in this book, and even though I kept waiting for some plot development, it didn t matter that it didn t This is a story about people looking for the good and the happy in the lives they are leading and finding it It is colourful, lively, warm and charming, and beautifully depicted in the cover


  7. says:

    Much, much better than Baking Cakes in Kigali Parkin really seems to have hit her stride as a writer in this novel It is a sequel, but it s told from the viewpoint of ten year old Benedict, one of the five grandchildren being raised by Angel and her husband They ve moved to Swaziland, following the grandfather s job as anaid worker That bit is still unclear, apart from the fact that he makes a lot of money and has to move every year or so but then it would be unclear, to a ten year old Much, much better than Baking Cakes in Kigali Parkin really seems to have hit her stride as a writer in this novel It is a sequel, but it s told from the viewpoint of ten year old Benedict, one of the five grandchildren being raised by Angel and her husband They ve moved to Swaziland, following the grandfather s job as anaid worker That bit is still unclear, apart from the fact that he makes a lot of money and has to move every year or so but then it would be unclear, to a ten year old Parents work, and what they do is either unimportant or not really clear to the younger ones.Benedict, however, feels all the weight of his ten years Like many boys who are told they must be the man of the house and watch out for younger siblings after a parent s death, he has become too responsible, too fast This sense of responsibility makes him try to heal the breaches he sees in lives all around him And to be honest, I have to say he has a leetle too much success in that department He never gets it wrong, never misunderstands a situation badly that cannot be rescued with suitable clat But, after all it is fiction And we know why people write fiction it s so they can make things work out they way they want them to.It was a relief that it wasn t all about Angel, this time and it just struck me now that her name was supposed to be symbolic or something in Vol 1, considering that she was going around sprinkling magic problem solving dust on everyone s life In Vol 2, there are fewer adult characters shuttling across the page, and cake is not seen as the answer to all of life s problems Again, some serious issues are dealt with illness, abuse, death, separation but since Benedict is the main character, and a child, he tends to get sent out of the room house when the gritty details come under discussion If I have one complaint, it s that the born again Christian character is as always, these days portrayed as a total head case At least the Hindu characters are not portrayed as laughable germophobes


  8. says:

    If you like reading about characters who are good kind people trying to do the right thing as decent human beings then this is a book for you If you enjoy Alexander McCall Smith s novels or Kerry Greenwood s then you will probably enjoy this novel.It s the story of a family in Africa, Swaziland this time, a family where the grandparents have to bring up their grandchildren because the parents are late Dead because of AIDs This forms a serious background to a charming year in the narrator If you like reading about characters who are good kind people trying to do the right thing as decent human beings then this is a book for you If you enjoy Alexander McCall Smith s novels or Kerry Greenwood s then you will probably enjoy this novel.It s the story of a family in Africa, Swaziland this time, a family where the grandparents have to bring up their grandchildren because the parents are late Dead because of AIDs This forms a serious background to a charming year in the narrator s life His grandfather has to chase jobs to earn money to feed and educate the children so they move to Swaziland for a year Young Benedict is fascinated by the lush vegetation, the animals and birds of Swaziland He turns naturalist Part of the charm of the novel is Benedict s voice as he describes and tries to understand the world around him He s only ten He s suddenly gained a new brother and sister, he s still the middle child but he s the oldest boy meant to watch over his siblings and help the family He takes this responsibility seriously so we learn that his Grandmother s cake baking business, which always brought in cash and made people happy isn t going well in Swaziland and he feels responsible He wants to help get it going but Grandma is a foreigner and not supposed to work This is one of the problems he faces and seeks a solution for throughout the year He tries to help everyone, people, animals, insects and birds As readers, looking through Benedict s eyes we learn a great deal about Swaziland, its traditions and cultures We also see how AIDs has devastated families, even communities, yet the government will not acknowledge its presence in the country A fast paced read this is not The story is really a year in the life of and moves at a gentle pace However Benedict is such a loveable character that most readers will stay with the story, cheering his successes and smiling at his misundertandings and failures


  9. says:

    4.5 stars I fell in love with Benedict, the book s main character, whilst I was reading this He is such a sweet lad, sensitive and kind, with a great passion for wildlife and a love for his family coupled with a desire to help them succeed in life that come across vividly The story gives an interesting insight into life and customs in Swaziland and to a lesser extent, Africa in general and is peppered with phrases and exclamations in the local language, which add to the flavour and sense of 4.5 stars I fell in love with Benedict, the book s main character, whilst I was reading this He is such a sweet lad, sensitive and kind, with a great passion for wildlife and a love for his family coupled with a desire to help them succeed in life that come across vividly The story gives an interesting insight into life and customs in Swaziland and to a lesser extent, Africa in general and is peppered with phrases and exclamations in the local language, which add to the flavour and sense of place A quick and enjoyable read, recommended to anyone who enjoyed Baking Cakes in Kigali, Gaile Parkin s first novel, also about the Tungazara family and also fans of books like Alexander McCall Smith s No 1 Ladies Detective Agency


  10. says:

    The story has its charm but does meander a bit in a story with no climax of real end Benedict, the 10 year old main character, is bright likes animals and helping his grandparents who have adopted him after the death of his parents His world and naivety describes the family s life in Swaziland and includes many cultural aspects such as the difficulty of being non Swazi, the absolute rule of the King, the rights of men to possess women, AIDS, TB and poverty It is very much an anthropologic n The story has its charm but does meander a bit in a story with no climax of real end Benedict, the 10 year old main character, is bright likes animals and helping his grandparents who have adopted him after the death of his parents His world and naivety describes the family s life in Swaziland and includes many cultural aspects such as the difficulty of being non Swazi, the absolute rule of the King, the rights of men to possess women, AIDS, TB and poverty It is very much an anthropologic novel of the country.Amongst the descriptions of cake making, there is theserious storylines of ongoing molestation of a school girl by a teacher and the extremely high death rate that occurs when AIDS, TB and poverty is rife


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