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Monday, June 13, 2011

Reader's Diary #722- Wame Molefhe: Where is the Rain?

Louis Vuitton bags and hangings.

This week I'm once again visiting the Woyingi Blog and all the awesome links to writings by African authors. From Botswana comes Wame Molefhe and her short story "Where is the Rain?" (Scroll down on the page and you can download a free Word document of the story.)

Louis Vuitton bags and hangings. These two images from Molefhe's story really stuck out for me, and as such seemed to comment on how different Botswana is from Canada. I hear hangings and I think of the 1800s, I hear of Louis Vuitton bags and I think of the 1990s. That both could occur in the same time frame is a little jarring for me.


"Where is the Rain?" is about a woman whose son has been sentenced to death for murdering his girlfriend, a girl whom she had deemed not good enough for her son.

For all the differences in capital punishment between our two countries, the human emotion is still the same. Certainly many Canadian mothers would feel the same way about their sons' choices in women, certainly many older generation Canadians would feel that the younger generation is immoral. Most probably wouldn't attribute a drought to society's ills, but that's the other half that makes the story so compelling.

(Did you write a post for Short Story Monday? If so, please leave a link in the comments below.)

9 comments:

Julie @ Read Handed said...

It's always interesting to see the similarities between cultures that remind us that we are all human beings. I'll have to check out this story. I posted today about "The Bet" by Anton Chekhov. You can read my post here.

carolsnotebook said...

Sounds like a good story, with the cultural differences but the similarities, too.

I read a locked room mystery this week.

http://carolsnotebook.wordpress.com/2011/06/13/review-the-hoosegow-strangler-by-camille-laguire/

JoAnn said...

Even with vastly different cultures, basic human similarities can still be found. Sounds like a fascinating story.

Like Julie, I read Chekhov this week.
http://lakesidemusing.blogspot.com/2011/06/short-story-monday-overseasoned-by.html

SuziQoregon said...

This does sound like a fascinating story.

I went the adventure/thriller route this week Plan B by Joseph Finger.

emeire said...

The short story is a good way to discover other cultures, isn't it?

I was in Manitoba this week: http://emeire.wordpress.com/2011/06/13/two-stories-from-manitoba/
Em

Teddy Rose said...

This story sounds like a good social commentary. The comparison on capitol punishment may be quite differnt between the two countries but human emotion is very much the same. I'll have to go download the story, thanks!

I reviewed The Jelly Bean by F. Scott Fitzgerald: http://teddyrose.blogspot.com/2011/06/jelly-bean-by-f-scott-fitzgerald.html

MOKWADI WRITING FROM BOTSWANA said...

Thank you for taking the time to read this story.

Wame

John Mutford said...

Julie: One of the reasons why I like to read Canadian lit. To find similarities in outport Newfoundland to downtown Toronto.

Carolsnotebook: A locked room myster? I'm intrigued.

JoAnn: 2 Checkhov stories in a single week? Cool.

SuziQoregon: An author that I'm unfamiliar with, I'll have to check it out.

Emeire: Representing the home team this week, great!

Teddy: Now I have Jason Rutledge's "Don't be so Mean, Jelly Bean" stuck in my head. Thanks a lot!

Wame: And thank you for writing it!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I didn't write a post about it for Short Story Monday, but I was thrilled to find a short story that has haunted me since I first heard it in grade 5 - Ray Bradbury's All Summer in a Day.