- Paperback: 613 pages
- Publisher: Griffin; 1st edition (Nov. 14 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031235228X
- ISBN-13: 978-0312352288
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.5 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 871 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,186,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Saffron Skies Paperback – Nov 14 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
The power of friendship and love prevail against unlikely odds in Lokko's overstuffed, globe-trotting family epic. The saga, which begins in 1972 London, primarily focuses on lonely Amber Sall and her friends, artistically gifted Becky Aldridge and poor, intelligent Madeline Szabo. Amber yearns for the approval of her illustrious father, Max, but he's too occupied with his work and second family in Rome to notice. Amber's half-sister, the gorgeous Paola, grows into a vixen, and the two compete over everything, including, eventually, Tendé Ndiaye, a West African business associate of their father. Years blur together as Amber and friends embark on their own lives, rarely making contact with one another aside from infrequent visits; Madeline becomes a doctor, Becky finds work in a gallery and Amber becomes a journalist before marrying Tendé. Paola never outgrows her licentiousness, and it proves, predictably, to be her undoing. Political strife in Mali, meanwhile, portends possible disaster for Tendé, but help from an unexpected source saves the day. Stilted pacing slows an already meandering plot, though the few surprise turns should keep readers going. (Nov.)
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About the Author
Lesley Lokko was born in Scotland of mixed Ghanaian-Scots parentage. She divides her time between Ghana and the UK.
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The book is very episodic and skips over huge chunks of time. I am not a fan of this technique. I was looking forward to a good, comlex love story.
Some of the complexity is there and some of the writing is very good.
One problem I had is that I wasn't sure of the focus of the book. Was it Max and how he affected everyone around him, for better or worse, or was the book about his daughter and her circle and how she, in some ways, breaks out of Max' circle.
Finally, the ending happened to quickly and left me unsatisfied. I had more questions than answers.
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