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Kololo Hill

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Is it the place that we live, the four walls the enclose us, the country in which we reside, a place that we hold dear in our hearts? Overall, it is an amazing novel and like I’ve said before, I want people to read this book because it tackles with many important themes and gives an insight into a very important part of history which isn’t mentioned a lot. That was before the expulsion was announced, and Amin’s curfews began, accompanied by an increasingly alarming and violent military presence, mainly directed at those of Asian descent. i don't understand a single character's motivations and their thoughts are so unrealistic that it's clear they only exist for the reader to learn something about the character's past.

I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a great read, whether you were there at the time or had nothing to do with East Africa. Thank you Book Break UK, Neema Shah, and Picador Books for this proof in exchange for an honest review. Kololo Hill opens with Asha seeing how far Amin’s forces will go to control Uganda, I’ll give you a hint, it is horrifying. A poignant story of a family who lost everything they loved, trying to rebuild their lives in a country so different from their own, and one where the welcome they received, was as cold as the weather. Vijay, Pran's younger brother, has a bit more of a personality, but that's very inconsistent, swinging from being a family-oriented son to an independent man with explanation.

Kololo Hill, in and of itself is synonymous with this implied hierarchy where the higher you go up the hill, the richer and more influential are its residents. I enjoyed learning about this really difficult period of history through the lives and experiences of this Asian family (albeit fictitious) in Uganda in the 1970’s. She becomes the bread winner; she refuses to be bullied by racists and becomes determined to build a new life. an absorbing storyteller' Daily MailWhen you're left with nothing but your secrets, how do you start again? However, this is exactly what our family in 'Kololo Hill' has to face, when they are uprooted and thrown out of Uganda, having to start a new life with nothing, leaving behind a successful business, a beautiful home, and friends of many years standing, thanks to the despot Idi Amin.

Part 1 follows the main family during their time in Uganda and Part 2 follows them after their arrival in London.From a life full of sunshine and lustrous nature to the formal and manicured London life, be it living in army barracks to finding a rooftop home in the cold and dull weather of their new place of living. The family live on Kololo Hill in Kampala, slowly, violence has increased, they live under a curfew and are facing increasing restrictions on their lives. As the pages turn, the growing menace is woven into the rich tapestry of family life in all its day-to- day intricacy. Its well written, and the passages surrounding forced evacuation and the sudden reality of being a displaced immigrant are memorable. From the green hilltops of Kampala, to the terraced houses of London, Neema Shah's extraordinarily moving debut Kololo Hill explores what it means to leave your home behind, what it takes to start again, and the lengths some will go to protect their loved ones.

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