By John M. Chernoff
What could have been a tragic story of worry and exploitation turns in its place right into a attention-grabbing send-up of lifestyles in sleek Africa, because of Hawa's smarts, savvy, and ear for telling simply the fitting tale to make her aspect. via her wide-open and understanding eyes, we get an within view of what existence is absolutely like for kids in West Africa. We secret agent on nightlife scenes of intercourse and deception; we see how modern-minded early life care for lifestyles within the towns in villages; and we percentage the candy and occasionally foolish friendships shaped within the streets and bars.
But normally we come to grasp Hawa and the way she has navigated a lifestyles that few may think. the 1st of 2 humorous, poignant volumes, Hustling begins with an in-depth advent via Chernoff to Hawa's Africa. From there the publication lines her notable transformation from a playful warrior suffering opposed to her situations to an insightful trickster having fun with and making the most of them as most sensible she can.
Part coming-of-age tale, half ethnography, and all compulsively readable, Hustling isn't Stealing is a unprecedented publication that educates as completely because it entertains.
"You can see a few humans outdoor, and you'll imagine they're having fun with, yet they're affliction. at any time when in a few nightclub, you will see that a woman dressed well, and she's dancing, she's satisfied. you are going to say, 'Ah! This girl!' you do not know what challenge she has acquired. a few humans say that this lifestyles, it is unto us. it truly is unto us? Yeah, it really is unto me, yet occasionally it isn't unto me. whilst i used to be starting to be up, i did not believe like doing some of these issues. there isn't any lady who will get up as a tender lady and say, 'As for me, while I develop up, i would like to be ashawo, to compliment everybody.' no longer any woman will think about this."—from the book
Winner - 2004 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing
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