Giraffe by J. M. Ledgard
A Novel

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About J. M. Ledgard

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J. M. Ledgard was born in the Shetland Islands. He has been a correspondent for The Economist since 1995, specialising in foreign political and war reporting. He currently works in Africa, travelling widely in the continent. He is also considered a leading thinker on risk and technology in emerging economies.
Published August 17, 2006 by Penguin Books. 338 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Amina’s sections bring some grace and a touch of magical-realism to the prose that’s absent elsewhere—her discussions of her dreams and factory work (she colors Christmas ornaments) brighten the story even while they expose how glum and oppressive her world has become.

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If you’re going to read only one novel this year that has an opening chapter narrated by a newly born giraffe, why shouldn’t it be this one?

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Giraffe by JM Ledgard 336pp, Jonathan Cape, £16.99 Giraffes, so large and so powerful, are also among the most vulnerable creatures on the savannah.

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Despite the novel’s heavy-handed political themes and an opening monologue that "threatens to cripple the work completely" (the New York Times Book Review, again), reviewers couldn’t help but recommend this ambitious work—probably because one of the dreamy first-person narrators is a newborn gira...

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