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le 1 octobre 2013
I shall be reading more Maggie Gee. This novel flies us between Uganda and England and explores the story of Mary, the Ugandan student who had been Vanessa's cleaner, working hours that caused her to form a surrogate mother-son relationship with Justin, Vanessa's son while hardly seeing her own - of the same age.
Much later, Mary returns to London at Vanessa's invitaton on a more equal footing to try to bring Justin out of a depressive illness. And that's as much as I will tell for the story.
The differing cultural analysis by Mary and Vanessa of the situations arising, Mary's "unorthodox" caring methods, Vanessa's inability to define Mary as anything other than "my cleaner", all work to create a series of absurdities that will have the reader laughing out loud. We have insight into the understand of the one, the misunderstanding of the other.
I loved it.