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Nyika, I Love You-bookcover

By: Alice Vye Henningway

Nyika, I Love You

Pages: 362 Ratings: 4.8
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This story is about a relationship between a child and eventually a woman and her Shona maid, in the lowvelds of a war-torn Zimbabwe. Seen through the prismatic eyes of Joanna, this is the source for a multifaceted and captivating story of people, culture and personalities. The story means a lot more than black and white. A raw and romantic perspective that can only be provided by someone who grew up in the midst of it all and who is able to brilliantly paint the picture in the language of her African heart. As brutal and beautiful as the reality of the wildlife and her roots – The Save Valley Conservancy, 3442kms squared in size and world-famous stature, her playground. Crazy parties, sad events, hate, love, motherhood and murder, lions and liars, the cowards and the courageous. Tears and laughter as loud and as beautiful as the backdrop of the African bush itself.

As you will see after reading this book, the synopsis of Alice’s life, hers was an upbringing which was arguably the envy of any number of people. A life worth living; her world full of adventure, excitement and enjoyment with, at times overwhelmingly sad lessons. She has contributed to this planet, indeed making it a better place for Zimbabwean wildlife and her people. Her cup truly overflowed in many respects, and she has very few regrets. Alice clearly has a will of her own. Her love will always be the African bush, specifically the Zimbabwean Lowveld and Chishakwe, the Save Valley Conservancy. Alice (referred to as Joanna in this book), is currently based in Bangkok, Thailand. She is writing her next novel, ‘The Flamboyant’, a story about her family’s arrival in Africa at the Cape of Good Hope before the 1850s, her uncle (who is a published author in his own right) will be assisting her with the history of their family’s great trek.
Customer Reviews
13 reviews
13 reviews
  • Victoria Furmston - Cape Town

    Alice Vye Hemingway, a great Zimbabwean read. I am enjoying every moment with homesickness and a fantastic reminder all the way. Love the detail of the life integrated with the best people in Zimbabwe, those who protect the wild life (fauna & flora alike)! Love all the reminders of what cams, dung beetles and all the little creatures we had around us. A must for all Zimbabweans to buy, representing a canvas to those who were once fortunate to live there. A wonderful life. fantastic memories. Thank you Alice! Well done dear girl!

  • Penny Henning

    Just wanted to let you know, I LOVED this book. It is so resonated with my soul and I felt I got to know so much more about you. I loved the way the book was not just about you but more about how Africa works. To be honest I think you did an outstanding job and for sure you had a childhood many (including me) would have dreamed of having.

  • Lyn Marais Bauer

    I’ve just bought the book on Kindle and am LOVING it. Brings back so many memories, giggles and smiles. EVERYONE should get a copy. Thank you for an AMAZING read!

  • Taura H

    A great story that anyone growing up in Zim in this era can relate to. I have read many books in this genre and this is an interesting autobiography. Unfortunately the appalling spelling mistakes, poor sentence construction and terrible grammar are hard to ignore. A "croquet" blanket (crochet) offends me the most, this is basic english. Or a "douc" headscarf for a dhuku or doek. It appears the book was not proof read or edited and this really detracts from the story. Might not bother others though!

  • Lesley Henning

    A reminder of what used to be. Vivid descriptions, delightful reading.You had me laughing & crying! You may be a rookie writer, but you have talent! Go for it Doobsi, I'm so proud of you!
    I look forward to your next book!

  • Vimbai

    Well written in journal style but with lots of emotions and love. As someone who calls 'Las Vegas' home, I resonated with this and was reminded of the love I have for my country and home. Thank you for this story, even though it is sad, I really enjoyed it!

  • Paul

    Amazing story from the heart. Beautiful descriptions of also historically relevant intimate experiences. "Confused as a chameleon on a Smarties box" and so many new ways to learn from the transformation and conflict, of a young woman and a nation at the same time. Funny, gripping and heartbreaking. A traumatic childhood turned lessons for life. Sometimes a bit too 'freestyle' for my taste but what a debut! A absolutely worth reading.

  • Kindle Customer

    What a beautiful depiction of an amazing time and place. Took me back to my younger years and reminded me of how lucky I was to have the upbringing I did. To the Author, whom I am privileged to know personally, you have done yourself, the country and its courageous, friendly, incredible people proud.

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