➿ Borderlines Free ➶ Author Michela Wrong – Sigilo.us

➿ Borderlines  Free ➶ Author Michela Wrong – Sigilo.us
  • Kindle Edition
  • 352 pages
  • Borderlines
  • Michela Wrong
  • English
  • 18 June 2018

Borderlines The Debut Novel By A British Writer With Nearly Two Decades Of African Experience A Compelling Courtroom Drama And A Gritty, Aromatic Evocation Of Place, Inspired By Recent Events.British Lawyer Paula Shackleton Is Mourning A Lost Love When A Small Man In A Lemon Coloured Suit Accosts Her Over Breakfast In A Boston Hotel Winston Peabody Represents The African State Of North Darrar, Embroiled In A Border Arbitration Case With Its Giant Neighbour He Needs Help With The Hearings In The Hague, Paula Needs To Forget The Past.She Flies To The State S Capital Determined To Lose Herself In Work, But Soon Discovers That Even Jobs Taken With The Purest Intentions Can Involve Moral Compromise Taking Testimony In Scorching Refugee Camps, Delving Into The Colonial Past, She Becomes Increasingly Uneasy About Her Role Budding Friendships With A Scarred Former Rebel And An Idealistic Young Doctor Whittle Away At Her Pose Of Sardonic Indifference, Until Paula Finds Herself Taking A Step No Decent Lawyer Should Ever Contemplate.Michela Wrong Has Been Writing About Africa For Two Decades In This Taut Legal Thriller, Rich With The Horn Of Africa S Colours And Aromas, She Probes The Motives Underlying Western Engagement With The Continent, Questioning The Value Of Universal Justice And Exploring How History Itself Is Forged Above All Her First Novel Is The Story Of A Young Woman S Anguished Quest For Redemption.

Half Italian, half British, Michela Wrong was born in 1961 She grew up in London and took a degree in Philosophy and Social Sciences at Jesus College, Cambridge and a diploma in journalism at Cardiff.She joined Reuters news agency in the early 1980s and was posted as a foreign correspondent to Italy, France and Ivory Coast She became a freelance journalist in 1994, when she moved to then Zaire a

10 thoughts on “Borderlines

  1. says:

    I adored this book From the preview of Paula s international foible to the details about the lawyers motivations and weaknesses, the book rang true to me I found the interweaving of the political international arbitration story line and Paula s flashbacks of her love life very well timed Both story lines held my interest Despite the fictional country, the political and moral conundrums in the book really happen in our world, and real people struggle in the absence of easy answers Paula s dark sense of humor made me smile, and I must admit I loved the bits about her former New York lawyer fashion sensibilities I have spent time in Ethiopia near the Eritrean border, but I have never been to Lira wink wink , so this book provided me with a vicarious adventure, peopled with textured and engaging characters, backed by a really substantive legal issue and fascinating moral questions I thin...

  2. says:

    A tense legal thriller which conjures the sights and sounds of Africa and questions Western involvement in the continent Michela Wrong s d but has big ambitions, but does it deliver Michela Wrong is an award winning journalist who has worked as a foreign correspondent She has been writing about Africa for over 20 years after postings with Reuters in Cote d Ivoire and Zair She is the author of three non fiction titles that have examined Mobutu s rise and fall, studied the little written about Red Sea nation of Eritrea and told the story of Kenyan corruption whistle blower John Githongo.Her non fiction books on contemporary Africa aim to be accessible to both members of the general public and experts in the field and she brings the issues and ideas she has examined in her previous books to her first novel, Borderlines.At the centre of her debut is Paula Shakleton a smart, ambitious but troubled lawyer who is tempted into working for an African government by a brilliant human rights lawyer Fleeing from heartbreak over the death of her lover, she agrees to help with a border dispute between two small African nations which caused two damaging wars.The novel is slow to start but Michela does a good job of peppering the first few pages with clues as to where the story might go, keeping the reader intrigued and guessing from the beginning Paula is instantly recognisable as a strong, independen...

  3. says:

    I liked the discussion about how countries are created especially in the context of developing countries fighting for western recognition I liked the mean speech from Dawit near the endbut the rest of the book was meh I found the characters only half believable except the asshole UN peace keeping troup, who I m...

  4. says:

    I ve enjoyed Michaela Wrong s non fiction and her book on Eritrea clearly gives her useful background for this work I found the characterisations of the Eritreans surprisingly good Dawit and Him but the western characters were to a per...

  5. says:

    Interesting, complex and informative having read her non fiction, It s Our Turn To Eat which is such a powerful introduction to the world of Kenyan politics, this book really opens up her intimate knowledge of the inter...

  6. says:

    Great review in the FT Can t wait to read it.

  7. says:

    Gritty

  8. says:

    A good read for international development students I was lucky to meet the author during her talk about this book at The University of Manchester.

  9. says:

    For someone with a weak spot for international law and who has spent many years in the region, Borderlines by Michela Wrong was a wonderful present I had very much enjoyed Wrong s damning account of corruption in Kenya in It s our turn to eat This is her first work of fiction, but the topic looked very exciting indeed.Borderlines is a well written legal thriller, providing a fictional account of the works of the arbitration commission assessing the border between Darrar and North Darrar The narrator, Paula Shackleton, is a lawyer working for the small team working for the government of North Darrar The descriptions of the harsh reality of a young police state, of the case preparations and of the proceedings in The Hague are all very clear and realistic There are also some funny and recognisable accounts, borderline clich , of expat life in a small African country e.g how to find out if your US embassy contact is a CIA agent.The book is a good and inviting read, but suffers from a few flaws If the book is so obviously about Eritrea, why not simply use the real place names This could have made the context so much int...

  10. says:

    The strength of Wrong s novel comes from the historic truths it depicts, the very real historic border disputes beteen Eritrea North Darrar , and Ethiopia Darrar in the last century, and the resurgence of this problem in the past two years as Ethiopia struggles to grow without access to a trading coast This is what makes it riveting for me as well as her marvellous depiction of courtroom politics in the Hague It s also in the details of the locals in Eritrea, her description of Liberation Avenue, her portrayal of the ex fighters, their life as students being taught English by Indian teachers, their battle scars all too real Only someone who knows the locals and has spent many a days chatting working with them can be so good at portraying them Paula s story is in many ways the story of many a Westerner in the Horn of Africa, the impac...

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