Sunday, August 06, 2006

75. "Casting With a Fragile Thread" ~ Wendy Kahn


Wendy Kahn writes a searing memoir of her childhood in Africa and her move to the United States, somehow attempting to patch these together with the sudden death of her sister.

There are many themes swirling in this book: racial discrimination, familial connections, violence, duty. However, the one theme that consistently reemerges is Kahn's sense of privilege and haughty demeanor. While she grew up in a society that overlooked blacks, she shows no sense of growth. In fact, she only seems to revert to her childlike behavior of whining that her life was so awful, and now her sister is dead, too. At the funeral, she complains that the black people asked to sing needed to have money shoved at them to get them to leave, since they were used to being asked to the post-funeral dinners.

The Rhodesian history is interesting, but unless it directly effects Kahn, she skimps, leaving the reader confused.

Overall, it seems like an attempt at self-congratulations, that she made it through these traumas. Unscathed she's not; I wonder if perhaps several years of therapy might be more helpful.

1.0 out of 5.0 Wildmans.

1 comment:

Diana said...

Hey, you're over halfway there! Congrats!