The Old Drift

The Old Drift Electrifying playful ambitious brilliant a Zambian debut novel that follows three generations of three families telling the story of a nation and of the grand sweep of time It s difficul

  • Title: The Old Drift
  • Author: Namwali Serpell
  • ISBN: 1781090491
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Electrifying, playful, ambitious, brilliant a Zambian debut novel that follows three generations of three families, telling the story of a nation, and of the grand sweep of time It s difficult to think of another novel that is at once so sweepingly ambitious and so intricately patterned, delivering the pleasures of saga and poetry in equal measure The Old Drift is an Electrifying, playful, ambitious, brilliant a Zambian debut novel that follows three generations of three families, telling the story of a nation, and of the grand sweep of time It s difficult to think of another novel that is at once so sweepingly ambitious and so intricately patterned, delivering the pleasures of saga and poetry in equal measure The Old Drift is an endlessly innovative, voraciously brilliant book, and Namwali Serpell is among the most distinctive and exciting writers to emerge in years Garth GreenwellOn the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there was once a colonial settlement called The Old Drift Here begins the epic story of a small African nation, told by a mysterious swarm like chorus that calls itself man s greatest nemesis The tale A playful panorama of history, fairytale, romance and science fiction The moral To err is human.In 1904, in a smoky room at the hotel across the river, an Old Drifter named Percy M Clark, foggy with fever, makes a mistake that entangles the fates of an Italian hotelier and an African busboy This sets off a cycle of unwitting retribution between three Zambian families black, white, brown as they collide and converge over the course of the century, into the present and beyond As the generations pass, their lives their triumphs, errors, losses and hopes form a symphony about what it mean

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    • Namwali Serpell

      NAMWALI SERPELL is a Zambian writer who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award for women writers in 2011 and was selected for the Africa 39, a 2014 Hay Festival project to identify the best African writers under 40 She won the 2015 Caine Prize for African WritingE OLD DRIFT is her first novel.

    469 thoughts on “The Old Drift

    • The book is full of juxtapositions British colonialism vs African revolutionaries, 3rd world poverty vs high tech drones, beautiful powerful writing vs meaningless ramblings.I really enjoyed some of the true historic events the author weaved into the story I travelled to Zambia about 5 years ago and read up about its history but nowhere was it stated that Zambia had its own space program in the 1960 s A revolutionary, Edward Nkolose headed up the Zambia National Academy of Science, Space Rese Th [...]


    • Thankyou to NetGalley, Random House UK, Vintage Publishing, Hogarth and the author, Namwali Serpell, for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of The Old Drift in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion I have been a bit slow in writin this review regarding this debut novel I actually read this story a week ago, and found it difficult to put into words what I thought about it I was captivated It was a well written story spanning three generations I thought it was an incredible Thanky [...]


    • Epic Three generations and three families in Zambia with cleverly intertwined lives and interests The story twirls around the Zambezi River and the dam built by Italian colonizers the dam and river are a reoccurring point but not a focus What a talent we are meeting in Ms Serpell, her ability to play with language and weave a story so complex that is riveting, smart, often humorous, sometimes absurd and easy to follow That s right I kept the families characters straight throughout, for Epic Thre [...]


    • It almost seems impossible to review a novel that s over 650 pages longI mean how to begin The Old Drift caught me up immediately into a world of British explorers trying to tame the wilds of Africa Namwali Serpell s Zambian novel surpasses visual equivalents You are in Africa with these characters Just when you ve become enthralled, Serpell switches the scene to an equally enticing British tennis player with an affliction I ll let you discover From there you ll be treated a chapter with It almo [...]


    • The Old Drift is an epic novel spanning genres and generations that tells the story of three families in Zambia and how their lives interact along with politics, science, and colonialism It begins in 1904 and moves across the twentieth century and into the future, with a mysterious swarm chorus that floods into the gap between each part.At first, the novel seems to be the kind of book that entwines the narratives of characters across generations, showing human error, life, and passion However, T [...]


    • This begins in 1904, telling the tale of white British pioneers in Rhodesia and the natives Initially there s a lot of hunting and the use of the N word seemed to be thrown in to show how awful the English were with their colonial imperialism.However, it then settles into the intriguing tales of families of different backgrounds but all linked in some way to early Rhodesia It covers generations through loves, marriages, heartbreak with tales of politics in Africa and the birth of a new nat This [...]


    • The Old Drift by author Namwali Serpell is a high Egbert novel spanning many generations It covers everything in life from love to loss in an outstanding voice Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of The Old Drift in exchange for an honest review.


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