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Shvoong Home>Books>Looking for a Rain God Review

Looking for a Rain God

Book Review   by:shobhan     Original Author: Bessie Head
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Anyone who reads Bessie Head's short story ''Looking For A Rain God'', would be greatly impressed with her description of the land and its surrounding. Her articulate use of language and subtle expressions makes the story very alive, vivid and worth reading. The story unfolds around a village with watering places of greenery and seasonal blooms, where goats produced milk which the villagers used in their porridge. The villagers also planted a variety of crops when the rain fell. But a seven year drought turned the land hard, dry and moisture free and no more suitable for farming and agriculture. In this story, she explains how the fear of starvation, leads a family to turn to banned and illegal, age old practices to bring about rain to a parched and dry land.The tragic, ritual killings of the two little girls, Neo and Boseyong, by their father, Ramadi and their grandfather, Mokgobja, was a plot hatched by Mokgobja, who couldn't bear to hear the long wailing and mourning of the girls' mother, Tiro and their aunt Nesta. Ultimately, the mother of the girls breaks down and confesses to the ritual killing of her two daughters by her husband and her father.The two men are brought to justice by receiving the death penalty. However, the story doesn't end there for the sorrow of the deaths of the children still lives with the villagers. Quote ''All the people who had lived off the crops knew in their hearts that only a hair''s breath had saved them from a fate similar to that of the Mokgobja family.'' Unquote.
Published: February 14, 2008   
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  1. Answer   Question  :    why is your book boring? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    who are the women and who killed the two girls? ( 3 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    The girl's father Ramadi and their grandfather Mokgobja killed the girls Monday, December 13, 2010
  1. Answer  :    The women involved are Tiro, the girl's mother and their aunt. The two women cried due to lack of food and this disturbed the girls' grandfather, Mokgobja. Monday, December 13, 2010
  1. Answer  :    the women is tiro.mokgobja and ramadi kill the two girl Tuesday, November 23, 2010
  1. Answer   Question  :    is mokgobja biological father to who? nesta or ramadi? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    Mokgobja is the biological father of Nesta and Tiro. Monday, December 13, 2010
  1. Answer   Question  :    what happened to neo and boseyong? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    Neo and Boseyong were the two girls who were killed in an ancient ritual believed to bring rain to the parched agricultural land. Sunday, July 18, 2010
  1. Answer   Question  :    what was the cause of the people's sufferings? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    A seven year drought left the land dry and unfit for agriculture. The villagers suffered from starvation as a result. Sunday, July 18, 2010
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