Redemption in Indigo #2020

Redemption in Indigo Karen Lord Redemption in Indigo A tale of adventure magic and the power of the human spirit Paama s husband is a fool and a glutton Bad enough that he followed her to her parents home in the village of Makendha now he s disgraced

  • Title: Redemption in Indigo
  • Author: Karen Lord
  • ISBN: 9781931520669
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Paperback
  • Redemption in Indigo Karen Lord A tale of adventure, magic, and the power of the human spirit Paama s husband is a fool and a glutton Bad enough that he followed her to her parents home in the village of Makendha now he s disgraced himself by murdering livestock and stealing corn When Paama leaves him for good, she attracts the attention of the undying ones the djombi who present her with a gift thA tale of adventure, magic, and the power of the human spirit Paama s husband is a fool and a glutton Bad enough that he followed her to her parents home in the village of Makendha now he s disgraced himself by murdering livestock and stealing corn When Paama leaves him for good, she attracts the attention of the undying ones the djombi who present her with a gift the Chaos Stick, which allows her to manipulate the subtle forces of the world Unfortunately, a wrathful djombi with indigo skin believes this power should be his and his alone.A contemporary fairy tale that is inspired in part by a Senegalese folk tale.
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    1. What a lukewarm cup of meh After all of the stellar reviews, I just knew this was going to be ah may zing, but, alas, it s basically a fable Ever since Paulo Coelho s New Agey craptastic The Alchemist, me fables nervous twitch Because I start to develop a Community s Jeff Winger like aversion to the feeling that someone s trying to teach me something and I never learn anything This didn t turn out to be as didactic as The Alchemist because it s focused on the storytelling than on the lesson, bu [...]

    2. 4.5 starsThis is a fable, almost a fantasy with an all knowing narrator story teller I must admit I am sometimes wary of fantasies remember The Alchemist , but I enjoyed this one It is a reworking of a Senegalese tale, Ansige Karamba the Glutton , the main protagonist being Paama, his wife She is driven away by his greed and selfishness and returns to her family home She is noticed by the djombi undying ones , some of whom gives her the Chaos Stick, a totem that has some power However, another d [...]

    3. There is a point in Redemption in Indigo when the omniscient narrator says that tales are meant to be an inspiration, not a substitute It is a meaningful line and one that sticks around longer than expected It is one line among many others within this novel that provokes the reader and stimulates a certain level of engagement about the nature of storytelling and reader s expectation It is also an appropriately self descriptive line because Redemption in Indigo is inspiring.The story draws inspir [...]

    4. Based on a Senagalese folk tale, Redemption in Indigo follows a similar quirky story telling style to weave an intricate and sweet little story about a woman named Paama Paama is the elder of two daughters, married to a not overly impressive lord The match seemed like it would work well enough, though, since Paama is an exceptional cook and Ansige loves food But after ten years of feeding his insatiable maw, Paama has had enough and returns home to her family Ansige follows with his moronic bumb [...]

    5. A magical read, not surprised it won so many prizes It s a sort of fairytale with an oral tradition feel narration, about a woman who is briefly given the power of chaos when the spirit of Chance stops doing his job properly Wise, funny, immensely readable, written with deceptive simplicity if you like T Kingfisher, or books that centre human decency without ever being rose tinted, you ll love this.

    6. Lord is a Caribbean author who weaves a Senegalese folk tale into a somewhat modern retelling Not having read the original folktale, I m not sure where one leaves off and another begins, but the story of Paama she could cook and her foolish glutton husband was an easy and entertaining read.All of these quotations are food related, a placeholder for when I bake something Senegalese Paama could cook An inadequate statement Anyone can cook, but the true talent belongs to those who are capable of ge [...]

    7. rantingdragon redemptiRedemption in Indigo is the debut novel from Barbadian writer Karen Lord I did have to Google how to refer to someone from Barbados It has won several literary awards that are unfamiliar to me, including the Crawford Award for best fantasy novel by a new writer Redemption in Indigo was also chosen as one of s Top 10 science fiction and fantasy books of 2010 and has been nominated for the Locus Award.I feel woefully unqualified to review this book, butI was and honestly rema [...]

    8. So, I was out of town this weekend and found this book available as an audio file from my local library I chose this one because it was only 6 hours long and because it fits many fantasy bingo categories magical realism, fantasy that isn t western culture, under 3k reviews, book published in the 2000s Anyway if I had been reading this as an actual book, I would have quit, but since I had nothing else to do for my 10 hour round trip drive I persevered just so I could check off one of the obscure [...]

    9. Redemption in Indigo is Karen Lord s interpretation extension of a Senegalese folktale We begin with the gluttonous Ansige tracking down his wife Paama, who had left him after being tricked and humiliated three times by djombi spirit creatures, gods , Ansige takes his leave That s where the traditional folktale ends Lord then continues Paama s story by having a djombi present her with the Chaos Stick, an artefact which can manipulate the small possibilities of chaos and Paama uses it with some s [...]

    10. Lord mentions that chapters two through four are loosely based on a Senegalese folk tale, and the entire book has that same feel From the very first page, Lord creates the illusion not of turning the pages, but of sitting back and listening to a master storyteller, one who has no compunctions about addressing the audience directly It s a voice that works perfectly for Paama s story.I loved this book, and to be honest, I m having a hard time figuring out what to say about it, beyond the fact that [...]

    11. I ve been meaning to read something by Karen Lord for a while For some reason, the fact that a group I participate in a lot on GR is reading one of her other books which I also own next month made me read this one I won t question it too much, because I enjoyed this a lot It s a short quick read, and it s different it isn t at all your run of the mill fantasy I read it without knowing any of the background stuff about it being based on a Senegalese story, and I don t regret that instead of looki [...]

    12. This was a very enchanting tale and an enjoyable read The author has incorporated an interesting collection characters nicely into this story Some of the writing is truly excellent, as in chapter 20 where the story teller relates the heroine s culinary skills I have heard tales of how magnificently she can cook I could relate for you a description of a morsel of her honey almond cake, a delicacy which is light enough to melt on the tip of the tongue and yet it lingers on the palate with its subt [...]

    13. While loosely based on the folklore of Senegal, this book is rather nebulous in the time and place of its setting It has a lot of markings of a traditionally told fairy tale, using a style of storytelling that was already traditional around the time Homer was telling the Odyssey, but still feels fresh and new today, partly by giving agency to the type of people who are either invisible or props in most stories.The story follows the young woman Paama as she struggles to deal with the fact her mar [...]

    14. My favorite of Karen Lord s books is still The Best of All Possible Worlds, but I also really enjoyed Redemption in Indigo especially the first half, which I LOVED Though there was focus on storytelling than characterization, Paama was a great main protagonist resourceful, compassionate, and overall admirable The book was often quite humorous, but it was less light in the second half.Full Review fantasybookcafe 2016 0

    15. I enjoyed this a lot I loved the folk tale framing with a bit of chaos theory chucked in I liked the narrator who merrily took the mickey out of storytelling conventions I loved the heroine, Paama, a practical and kind woman who kept confounding the expectations of all the other characters I also enjoyed the volume and diversity of female characters, particularly the Sisters The stand out passage for me was actually when Kwame asked them to describe Paama and they told him of her courage and int [...]

    16. This book gives you exactly the same feeling of enchantment you get from listening to a really great storyteller, which is a very hard thing to capture in print It s got all the right pauses and asides, the right amounts of humor and suspense and romance and intrigue, and an uplifting but uncheesy moral Absolutely magical.

    17. Paama is a marvelous cook who s married to glutton When some djomba notice how deftly she deals with her husband, they give her the chaos stick, and from there magic happens.Redemption in Indigo is based on Sengalese folklore, and I appreciated the glimpse into a world and folklore I m unfamiliar with It s told a bit simply for my tastes, but has that oral folklore feel 3.5 5

    18. I heard this described as It s a retold fairy tale from Senegal and the language is gorgeous poetic but in an elegant and clear way, not a tangle of adjectives and weird metaphors A bit Ursula Le Guin like Also quite witty and meta The plot is a bit of a mess, but I didn t much care Sounds good to me

    19. A charming retold Sengalese folktale, very lighthearted and magical A whiff of Tutula, a sprinkle of Okri, a dash of LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE, told in a witty, wise storytellers voice Tricksters and magic and morality tales abound in this colorful story.

    20. Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord is a fable about a woman named Paama from the African village of Makendha Paama endures a bad marriage to a gluttonous husband and when she finally leaves him brings the attention of the djombi, the undying ones, who present her with a gift, the chaos stick The gift draws another spirit s attention who wants it back from Paama.Paama is taken on a journey by this spirit to show humanity s self destructive tendencies She faces a decision during the journey that c [...]

    21. I would say this almost feels like an extended short story And I mean that in the best sense Atmospheric, rhythmic and each word seeming perfectly considered A real gem.

    22. I read fantasy and science fiction, in part, to expose my mind to new perspectives, to the situations of people with very different backgrounds to my own, who nevertheless have a basic kinship to me so that I can identify with their struggles It seems natural, then, to expand my reading beyond British and American writers of European descent, and take in some fiction by people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds from my own There s a small, but flourishing, group of Caribbean writers of [...]

    23. This read was for the 2012 Theme Park book club, February theme Black Women Writing Speculative Fiction.Karen Lord s novel relies strongly on both Caribbean and Senegalese folklore, both being inexhaustible resources for speculative fiction writers that are sadly too seldom tapped into Redemption in Indigo tells the tale of one remarkable and yet ordinary woman, her encounter with djombi, which seem to be halfway between poltergeists and skin walkers, and the choices she is consequently faced wi [...]

    24. 3 1 2 Star The premise of the story was great but I did not care for the narrators voice It kept me detached from the characters and the actual story.

    25. A retelling of a Senegalese folk tale.I am a sucker for fairy tales and old tales retold into new and beautiful stories I was especially delighted by the idea of an African folk tale, as most of the fairy tale retellings are all of Grimm and that ilk This is a story told almost as if we are listening to someone telling the story to a crowd of children at her feet, a story born of oral tradition passed on by mouth.I did not like it as much as I would have hoped It was good, but it was not great N [...]

    26. Redemption in Indigo begins with an Introduction so frank and direct that for a couple pages I thought it was a preface by Karen Lord herself but, no, actually, it s the beginning of the book and this narrator is simply very self aware about her storytelling and the reader s storylistening She s certainly one of the best omniscient narrators I ve read.It is in these opening chapters, in which Lord, as this narrator, retells the Senegalese folktale Ansige Karamba the Glutton, that the narrator sh [...]

    27. When the story opens, Paama has left her gluttonous husband Asinge and returned to the home of her parents Asinge goes to her village to bring her back, but his self indulgent actions lead to a series of blunders that leave the people of Paama s village applauding her for leaving her foolish husband Unbeknownst to Paama and Asinge, Asinge s actions are being manipulated by spirits.Meanwhile, the spirit Indigo Lord loses his power, chaos, as punishment for past actions Indigo Lord becomes upset w [...]

    28. Really 4.5 stars.I liked this book a lot I ve been working on expanding the ethnic cultural sociological base of my reading, and this book fits in nicely to that scheme There is something deeply appealing to me about the African based flavored inspired fantasy I ve read.Redemption in Indigo is simply lovely I didn t buy into the initial narrator addressing the reader bit at the beginning, as I tend to doubt novels that lean on the narrator as an additional character Often it yields distracting c [...]

    29. Ahhh, that was SO much fun I really liked Paama The main comparator I thought of is Terry Pratchett Lord s narrative voice is funny and compassionate in equal parts in a similar way, though less impressed with its own cleverness and I say this with all due affection for PTerry, who taught me that stories are allowed to be ridiculous and serious at the same time.I liked how everybody gets a chance in this story The book is clear eyed about how destructive and absurd humans can be and not just hum [...]

    30. Western fairy tales have been redone so often that if your local library was feeling a bit crazy they could easily create a fair sized western fairy tale section This one is different, the Senegalese godlets, tricksters and various other spirits are not what you expect and the heroine Paama is strong and moral in a low keyed fashion, the opposite of some of the bad ass Cinderellas One of my favorite minor characters is the giant spider who calls himself the Sultan of Weird but feels that lately [...]

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