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The Resource Children are diamonds : an African apocalypse, Edward Hoagland

Children are diamonds : an African apocalypse, Edward Hoagland

Label
Children are diamonds : an African apocalypse
Title
Children are diamonds
Title remainder
an African apocalypse
Statement of responsibility
Edward Hoagland
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This is not the Africa of Isak Dinesen, nor the Africa of Joy Adamson. This is the Africa of civil wars and tribal massacres, where the Lord's Resistance Army recruits child-soldiers after forcing them to kill their parents and eat their hearts. The aid workers who voluntarily subject themselves to life here are a breed of their own. Meet Hickey, an American school teacher in his late thirties, who burns his bridges with the school board and goes to Africa as an aid worker. Working for an agency in Nairobi, one of his jobs is to drive food and medical supplies to Southern Sudan to an aid station run by Ruth, a middle-aged woman, who acts as nurse, doctor, hospice worker, feeder of starving children, and witness. Ruth is gruff but efficient, and Hickey, who is usually drawn to youth and beauty, is struck by her devotion. Returning to Nairobi, he can't forget what he has seen. When the violence and chaos in the region increase to a fever pitch and aid workers are being slaughtered or acuated, Hickey is asked to save Ruth overland by Jeep. What happens to them and the children that have joined their journey is the searing climax of this novel. Hoagland paints an unflinching portrait of a living hell at its worst, and yet amid that suffering there is hope in the form of humility, sacrifice, and life-affirming friendship
Summary
In Africa serving as an aid worker, American teacher Hickey is asked to save Ruth, a nurse, when tribal warfare erupts in Southern Sudan, but they and the children who have joined their flight get caught in the crossfire
Tone
Writing style
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2013
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10190892
Cataloging source
AU@
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Hoagland, Edward
Dewey number
813/.54
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3558.O334
LC item number
C49 2013
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Child soldiers
  • United States
  • Kenya
Target audience
adult
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an African apocalypse : a novel
Label
Children are diamonds : an African apocalypse, Edward Hoagland
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
232 pages ;
Isbn
9781611458343
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013013603
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
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System control number
  • (OCoLC)849469661
  • (OCoLC)ocn849469661
  • 334305
Label
Children are diamonds : an African apocalypse, Edward Hoagland
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
232 pages ;
Isbn
9781611458343
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013013603
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)849469661
  • (OCoLC)ocn849469661
  • 334305

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