The Old Drift

The Old Drift An electrifying debut from the winner of the Caine Prize for African writing The Old Drift is the Great Zambian Novel you didn t know you were waiting forOn the banks of the Zambezi River

  • Title: The Old Drift
  • Author: Namwali Serpell
  • ISBN: 1101907142
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An electrifying debut from the winner of the 2015 Caine Prize for African writing, The Old Drift is the Great Zambian Novel you didn t know you were waiting forOn the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there was once a colonial settlement called The Old Drift Here begins the epic story of a small African nation, told by a mysterious An electrifying debut from the winner of the 2015 Caine Prize for African writing, The Old Drift is the Great Zambian Novel you didn t know you were waiting forOn the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there was once a colonial settlement called The Old Drift Here begins the epic story of a small African nation, told by a mysterious swarm like chorus that calls itself man s greatest nemesis The tale A playful panorama of history, fairytale, romance and science fiction The moral To err is human.In 1904, in a smoky room at the hotel across the river, an Old Drifter named Percy M Clark, foggy with fever, makes a mistake that entangles the fates of an Italian hotelier and an African busboy This sets off a cycle of unwitting retribution between three Zambian families black, white, brown as they collide and converge over the course of the century, into the present and beyond As the generations pass, their lives their triumphs, errors, losses and hopes form a symphony about what it means to be human.From a woman covered with hair and another plagued with endless tears, to forbidden love affairs and fiery political ones, to homegrown technological marvels like Afronauts, microdrones and viral vaccines this gripping, unforgettable novel sweeps over the years and the globe, subverting expectations along the way Exploding with color and energy, The Old Drift is a testament to our yearning to create and cross borders, and a meditation on the slow, grand passage of time Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 576 pages Expected publication March 26th 2019 by Hogarth Press first published March 21st 2019 More Details ISBN 1101907142 ISBN13 9781101907146 Other Editions 6 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell Author Release date Mar 26, 2019 An electrifying debut from the winner of the 2015 Caine Prize for African writing, The Old Drift is the Great Zambian Novel you didn t know you were w An electrifying debut from the winner of the 2015 Caine Prize for African writing, The Old Drift is the Great Zambian Novel you didn t know you were waiting forOn the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there was once a colonial settlement called The Old Drift Here begins the epic story of a small African nation, told by a mysterious swarm like chorus that calls itself man s greatest nemesis The tale A playful panorama of history, fairytale, romance and science fiction The moral To err is human.From a woman covered with hair and another plagued with endless tears, to forbidden love affairs and fiery political ones, to homegrown technological marvels like Afronauts, microdrones and viral vaccines this gripping, unforgettable novel sweeps over the years and the globe, subverting expectations along the way Exploding with color and energy, The Old Drift is a testament to our yearning to create and cross borders, and a meditation on the slow, grand passage of time Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 52 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 25, 2019 Sonja Arlow rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves africa themed, netgalley, 2019 read The book is full of juxtapositions British colonialism vs African revolutionaries, 3rd world poverty vs high tech drones, beautiful powerful writing vs meaningless ramblings.I really enjoyed some of the true historic events the author weaved into the story I travelled to Zambia about 5 years ago and read up about its history but nowhere was it stated that Zambia had its own space program in the 1960 s A revolutionary, Edward Nkolose headed up the Zambia National Academy of Science, Space Rese The book is full of juxtapositions British colonialism vs African revolutionaries, 3rd world poverty vs high tech drones, beautiful powerful writing vs meaningless ramblings.I really enjoyed some of the true historic events the author weaved into the story I travelled to Zambia about 5 years ago and read up about its history but nowhere was it stated that Zambia had its own space program in the 1960 s A revolutionary, Edward Nkolose headed up the Zambia National Academy of Science, Space Research and Philosophy The below link is an interview BBC had with Edward Nkolose I am still not sure if it was deliberately done to get the world s attention on Zambia or if they truly believed in the programtps youtube watch v M9Do3 The story itself is a multi generational tale starting with 3 women, all so vastly different Silliba originates from Italy and was born with massive amount of hair Hair that covers her whole body No matter how many times she cuts it, the next day its back.Agnes is a young English rose, an upcoming tennis star but when she slowly goes blind her dreams of glory fades with her.Martha is the only native Zambian of the 3 women During her time training to be an Afronaut with the Zambia space program she meets her sweetheart When he leaves her pregnant and destitute, she starts crying, never to stop for many decades.The story follows these 3 women, their daughters and grandchildren and how their lives run parallel, crosses over and finally collides.There are a lot of characters to keep track of, all with African names that gets stuck in your throat when you try to pronounce it There are also a lot of genres mashed into the tale From historical fiction and sci fi to magical realism.The tone has a playful seriousness to it and the boundaries the author pushes is admirable, but the experimental writing made the book hard work at times.I don t regret reading this book as it most definitely was a unique experience, but it is not something to go into lightly.Netgalley ARC Expected publish date 21 March 2019 flag 30 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Sonja Arlow Diane S wrote Terrific review, Sonja Thanks Diane Jan 27, 2019 10 23PM Sonja Arlow PorshaJo wrote Nice review Sonja Very informative I had been thinking about this one but now reconsidering Just too many books to read It was de PorshaJo wrote Nice review Sonja Very informative I had been thinking about this one but now reconsidering Just too many books to read It was definitely an experience to read it, but at times it felt as if I had to wrestle with the story, to get to the actual story Jan 27, 2019 10 24PM Jan 22, 2019 Sue Blanchard rated it really liked it review of another edition Thankyou to NetGalley, Random House UK, Vintage Publishing, Hogarth and the author, Namwali Serpell, for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of The Old Drift in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion I have been a bit slow in writin this review regarding this debut novel I actually read this story a week ago, and found it difficult to put into words what I thought about it I was captivated It was a well written story spanning three generations I thought it was an incredible Thankyou to NetGalley, Random House UK, Vintage Publishing, Hogarth and the author, Namwali Serpell, for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of The Old Drift in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion I have been a bit slow in writin this review regarding this debut novel I actually read this story a week ago, and found it difficult to put into words what I thought about it I was captivated It was a well written story spanning three generations I thought it was an incredible read.well worth a read flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 14, 2019 Sarah rated it really liked it review of another edition Epic Three generations and three families in Zambia with cleverly intertwined lives and interests The story twirls around the Zambezi River and the dam built by Italian colonizers the dam and river are a reoccurring point but not a focus What a talent we are meeting in Ms Serpell, her ability to play with language and weave a story so complex that is riveting, smart, often humorous, sometimes absurd and easy to follow That s right I kept the families characters straight throughout, for Epic Three generations and three families in Zambia with cleverly intertwined lives and interests The story twirls around the Zambezi River and the dam built by Italian colonizers the dam and river are a reoccurring point but not a focus What a talent we are meeting in Ms Serpell, her ability to play with language and weave a story so complex that is riveting, smart, often humorous, sometimes absurd and easy to follow That s right I kept the families characters straight throughout, for the most part A novel about politics, culture, identity, race, family and history, with moments of triumph and moments of crashing despair the comparisons to GGM are not unwarranted, and I was reminded of Beauty is a Wound by Kurniawan, too I cannot wait for this to be widely available so I can recommend it far and wide Preorder a copy now flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 20, 2018 Roxanne added it review of another edition It almost seems impossible to review a novel that s over 650 pages longI mean how to begin The Old Drift caught me up immediately into a world of British explorers trying to tame the wilds of Africa Namwali Serpell s Zambian novel surpasses visual equivalents You are in Africa with these characters Just when you ve become enthralled, Serpell switches the scene to an equally enticing British tennis player with an affliction I ll let you discover From there you ll be treated a chapter with It almost seems impossible to review a novel that s over 650 pages longI mean how to begin The Old Drift caught me up immediately into a world of British explorers trying to tame the wilds of Africa Namwali Serpell s Zambian novel surpasses visual equivalents You are in Africa with these characters Just when you ve become enthralled, Serpell switches the scene to an equally enticing British tennis player with an affliction I ll let you discover From there you ll be treated a chapter with a magical realism tint, a character to be envied by anyone follicle challenged Serpell s world spins you around and then surprises you with genetic connections that will have you shaking your head at her ingenuity.American references of He Man cartoons to African food and dress make you feel at once at home and exotic Having begun at the turn of the 20th Century, Serpell s epic finish hints at the dangers of our modern drone technology set in 2023.Don t let the size of the book scare you away Namwall s The Old Drift is worth every hour of your time flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 13, 2018 Siobhan rated it really liked it review of another edition The Old Drift is an epic novel spanning genres and generations that tells the story of three families in Zambia and how their lives interact along with politics, science, and colonialism It begins in 1904 and moves across the twentieth century and into the future, with a mysterious swarm chorus that floods into the gap between each part.At first, the novel seems to be the kind of book that entwines the narratives of characters across generations, showing human error, life, and passion However, The Old Drift is an epic novel spanning genres and generations that tells the story of three families in Zambia and how their lives interact along with politics, science, and colonialism It begins in 1904 and moves across the twentieth century and into the future, with a mysterious swarm chorus that floods into the gap between each part.At first, the novel seems to be the kind of book that entwines the narratives of characters across generations, showing human error, life, and passion However, it becomes apparent that The Old Drift is epic than this as it darts through fairy tale, science fiction, and political narrative, all tied by the personal ups and downs of the characters and the Zambian setting The book is long but keeps changing, revealing connections between characters and hidden gaps as well as these genre shifts The characters it brings together at the end Joseph, Jacob, and Naila are shown to have come from the complicated lives of their parents and grandparents, which gives their technological narrative which could easily be a novel on its own a richer history.The Old Drift is an exciting, epic novel that plays around with genre and character, but keeping a central core of human life and the passing of time It is one to watch out for flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 31, 2018 Lel Budge rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley This begins in 1904, telling the tale of white British pioneers in Rhodesia and the natives Initially there s a lot of hunting and the use of the N word seemed to be thrown in to show how awful the English were with their colonial imperialism.However, it then settles into the intriguing tales of families of different backgrounds but all linked in some way to early Rhodesia It covers generations through loves, marriages, heartbreak with tales of politics in Africa and the birth of a new nat This begins in 1904, telling the tale of white British pioneers in Rhodesia and the natives Initially there s a lot of hunting and the use of the N word seemed to be thrown in to show how awful the English were with their colonial imperialism.However, it then settles into the intriguing tales of families of different backgrounds but all linked in some way to early Rhodesia It covers generations through loves, marriages, heartbreak with tales of politics in Africa and the birth of a new nation, some faintly weird tales of a Zambian space race of putting a man in space, a young woman covered in rapidly growing hair with a seemingly life of its own and later science fiction.It can be a little hard to follow at times but it is a well written epic, poetic tale of the personal lives of the characters and the sheer complications of human life and its interactions I can see this being a favourite of book clubs and is sure to be a modern classic.I would like to thank the Author the Publishers NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 23, 2018 Keirstin Smith CloudOfThoughts rated it really liked it The Old Drift by author Namwali Serpell is a high Egbert novel spanning many generations It covers everything in life from love to loss in an outstanding voice Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of The Old Drift in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 04, 2018 Jeanie rated it liked it review of another edition Found this book rather challenging Loved the vibrancy of the coverAfraid this book was not for me Thank to netgalley for an early in return for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Sam rated it really liked it Dec 22, 2018 Matthew rated it liked it Dec 18, 2018 Dave Sloan rated it it was amazing Jan 06, 2019 Lydia Kiesling rated it it was amazing Jan 02, 2019 Dec 01, 2018 Talia Smart added it review of another edition 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    1. Namwali Serpell

      NAMWALI SERPELL is a Zambian writer who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award for women writers in 2011 and was selected for the Africa 39, a 2014 Hay Festival project to identify the best African writers under 40 She won the 2015 Caine Prize for African WritingE OLD DRIFT is her first novel.

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    1. The book is full of juxtapositions British colonialism vs African revolutionaries, 3rd world poverty vs high tech drones, beautiful powerful writing vs meaningless ramblings.I really enjoyed some of the true historic events the author weaved into the story I travelled to Zambia about 5 years ago and read up about its history but nowhere was it stated that Zambia had its own space program in the 1960 s A revolutionary, Edward Nkolose headed up the Zambia National Academy of Science, Space Rese Th [...]


    2. Thankyou to NetGalley, Random House UK, Vintage Publishing, Hogarth and the author, Namwali Serpell, for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of The Old Drift in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion I have been a bit slow in writin this review regarding this debut novel I actually read this story a week ago, and found it difficult to put into words what I thought about it. I was captivated It was a well written story spanning three generations I thought it was an incredible Thank [...]


    3. Epic Three generations and three families in Zambia with cleverly intertwined lives and interests The story twirls around the Zambezi River and the dam built by Italian colonizers the dam and river are a reoccurring point but not a focus What a talent we are meeting in Ms Serpell, her ability to play with language and weave a story so complex that is riveting, smart, often humorous, sometimes absurd and easy to follow That s right I kept the families characters straight throughout, for Epic Thre [...]


    4. It almost seems impossible to review a novel that s over 650 pages longI mean how to begin The Old Drift caught me up immediately into a world of British explorers trying to tame the wilds of Africa Namwali Serpell s Zambian novel surpasses visual equivalents You are in Africa with these characters Just when you ve become enthralled, Serpell switches the scene to an equally enticing British tennis player with an affliction I ll let you discover From there you ll be treated a chapter with It almo [...]


    5. The Old Drift is an epic novel spanning genres and generations that tells the story of three families in Zambia and how their lives interact along with politics, science, and colonialism It begins in 1904 and moves across the twentieth century and into the future, with a mysterious swarm chorus that floods into the gap between each part.At first, the novel seems to be the kind of book that entwines the narratives of characters across generations, showing human error, life, and passion However, T [...]


    6. This begins in 1904, telling the tale of white British pioneers in Rhodesia and the natives Initially there s a lot of hunting and the use of the N word seemed to be thrown in to show how awful the English were with their colonial imperialism.However, it then settles into the intriguing tales of families of different backgrounds but all linked in some way to early Rhodesia It covers generations through loves, marriages, heartbreak with tales of politics in Africa and the birth of a new nat This [...]


    7. The Old Drift by author Namwali Serpell is a high Egbert novel spanning many generations It covers everything in life from love to loss in an outstanding voice Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of The Old Drift in exchange for an honest review.


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