Serengotti, by African-Australian author Eugen Bacon, is an inspirational story about heartache, endurance, transformation and chasing dreams — even when the odds aren’t at all in your favour.
Ch’anzu finds herself in turmoil after finding hir wife Scarlet in bed with a stranger. And, to top it off, she loses hir job as a programmer. With her marriage over depression sets in, and Ch’anzu finds solace with hir Aunt Maé. When offered a job to work on a project in a migrant African outpost in rural Australia, she grabs the opportunity to move.
When faced with the hard seasons of life, Ch’anzu’s transformation seemed impossible especially when grief and uncertainty dominated hir days. She didn’t ask to have hir future completely rearranged, I admired hir resilience and fight for joy in hard times.
She wasn’t going to be stuck in a place where hir identity became rooted in what hurt hir instead she was able to learn and grow and look to the future.
The plot is well-paced, twists and turns will surround you and keep you turning the pages until the very last page is reached. Being taken to the Serengotti, a small, gated community outside Wagga Wagga, NSW was engrossing. Populated by migrants who fled their war-torn country in Africa you are introduced to cultural practices, different languages, and family values.
This novel is extraordinary character-driven, it is filled with numerous dramatic settings that transport readers into each scene. The way the author explores the emotional depths of the protagonist and the supporting cast is wonderful. It was very inspirational to see how the refugees lived and enjoyed their lives, supporting each other amidst the hardships and struggles they had endured in their own country.
I enjoy reading and learning about new authors and this was a perfect new author and new book! I loved everything about this novel — the words, the characters, the plot. All of it was unique and really drew me into the story. I have never read a book quite like this before, but I will say that I hope to read more work like this in the future.
The cover of the book is a standout for me, it is simple yet superbly effective with stunning use of photographs, and hand lettering. I am always drawn to bright and bold covers whenever I see them on a bookshelf. I am sure it will draw other readers attention.
A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club members are reading Serengotti by Eugen Bacon. You can read their comments below, or add your own review.
My love of books started at a very young age. My mum has always been a reader and encouraged me to read, buying me endless book from classic fairy tales advancing to the world of Enid Blyton, CS Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, Kathryn Kenny, Carolyn Keene, Francine Pascal. In my adult years the list of authors is endless and every room in my house is filled with books.
One of my favourite novels is Narnia which has always has a special place in my heart. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1978 and when I was given this book to read it let me escape to another world where I felt like I was in the book with all the characters, it wasfun and exciting to escape from reality and eased the ups and downs of the disease at such a young age.
In books nothing is impossible and there is endless potential and hundreds of places to explore or being taken to places that are only made up from the authors’ great minds, the past and future to navigate, characters lives you step into taking you on an emotional rollercoaster ride or being scared out of your wits. I can experience things that I can’t in real life because they’re not possible or real. It challenges my perspective and mindset expanding my worldview.
I find joy, comfort and peace with books, many people may not get it, but I know bookworms like me truly understand. Reading makes my heart happy.