I liked how the text and captions were in both Japanese and English. Small stories like this that give a little insight to character backgrounds are really nice. Finally we get Scotty's version, and that one's a real treat for anyone who's fascinated by beating computer games. The setting is Kirk, McCoy, Sulu, Chekhov, and Mr. Maru, set in rural Botswana, is the tale of an orphaned girl Margaret, who belonging to the Masarwa tribe, a tribe mistreated, enslaved and considered subhuman, experiences life, love and art even at the face of discrimination. Maru -for whom the novel is named- is a man held in high esteem by the village of Dilepi for his insight into all things. A few are revealed here, and these are all interesting cases that reveal alot about the characters -- I recall Scotty's the best, it was humorous yet as a computer programmer myself believable.
The readers are exposed to post-colonial impact through eyes of Maru and Moleka. Julia Ecklar gives us a look into how Kirk, Chekov, Sulu, and Scott faced the simulation while dealing with a literal life-and-death situation. It taught me about South Africa's racism and prejudice which was eye-opening. I'm glad I read it though. They stretched across every barrier and taboo and lovingly embraced the impossible. Unfortunately, the book suffers because of the rather lame captions on many of the photos, the unnecessary repetition of photos and text, and the author's attempts to explain the Maru videos at the end.
If you want to read a book all about a cat, then this is the book about a cat that you would want to read. Alternatively, human sacrifice is alive and well, and what seems quasi-ancient yet semi-modern with the spies and the premonitions and the postcolonialism is progress dressed in uncommon robes. Maru is the kitty who became an internet sensation by sliding into boxes. Maru is a fast-paced novel with remarkable political overtones. They had said of the Masarwa what every white man ha I'm always fascinated with small books, by small I mean volume, that contain so much in them and Maru is one such book. I really enjoyed this beautifully written novella about the effect of 1 woman on a whole community.
Men are almost always attracted to physical attributes of women, but the lady in question, Margaret is not really described as a beauty or very desirable, though she is rather educated. This is the situation we are confronted with here. The society collectively ignores Moleka's continued transgression including his mother while Dikeledi, the woman who loves him, finds it troubling. It is written in both English and Japanese. As they await either rescue or death, each of them sans McCoy talks about how they dealt with the infamous Kobayashi Maru test in the Academy. Following life with Maru, from kittenhood through the present day, there are numerous photos. Returning Sikh emigrants were particularly suspect as they were seen to be more radical and prone to sedition, a perception that was an inversion of the post-1857 British construct of a loyal martial race.
Advertising Despite official persecution and close monitoring, the memory of the Komagatu Maru continued to fuel protest between the wars and its inspiration can be seen in the leftward leaning of Sikh activists, their membership of the Kirti Dal the local Calcutta branch of the Kirti Kisan Party of Punjab and their activities through the Communist as well as the Congress Left channels. A sweet little bit of fluff, unlike its mischievous star. Maru -for whom the novel is named- is a man held in high esteem by the village of Dilepi for his insight into all things. In this character, there must surely be something of the author. Unlike the other three who are Batswana, Margaret is an orphan, and her people are outcasts and slaves. Her very presence upsets the natural balance of village life and from the start there are those who want to oust her.
Sulu also talked about the test, but again, the focus was not the test itself, so much as his experience starting command school. It is here where Margaret meets Dikeledi who becomes her closest friend, Maru - a man in position of power with ancestral lands and cattle tended to be San people who silently loves her from afar and Moleka - a man whose love is like a volcano lava flowing in a cave and finds parallels of oppression between himself and the British. It would take 15 years for Head to obtain Botswana citizenship. This iteration is more haunting for the simple reason that I bought this book not out of genuine interest, but because the title showed up at my regular sale and I thought, despite this being one of Head's less popular works, I should give her a chance. In a sense she could be any one of the many sparks that create change and evolution. It is universal, and everyone seems to look down on some-one else who is different. Afterward, she married a man who had lost his Buick car dealership due to competition from Japanese autos.
It is a great book about love and life - including the down sides of both, and a surprising amount of supernatural but not superstition in the dry, dry country of the Kalahari desert. When Margaret takes a job as a primary teacher in Dilepi, for the four of them, everything changes. Sulu's tried for an emotional connection that felt forced to me. Reading this book is a spiritual experience not limited to the book's African feel. The characters are larger than life and in the case of the character of Maru, have far-reaching motives to actions - prompted by older knowledge and intuitions and good old personal gain. Two strong male characters enter the story at this stage who both, despite their prejudices, find something quite appealing in her.
Maru is slated to be the next chief of his tribe. Margaret Cadmore's guardian, the unemotional missionary's wife whom she is named after, is moved to compassion through her observations as an artist. It's like reading a little picture book each day that always improves my mood. I Am Maru by Mugumogu. I can't say I've ever found myself laughing aloud at a book quite the way I did with this one which is the main reason I gave it the rating I did. Bessie Head, in her life insisted that love affairs are more important than socio-political revolutions. It's not a bad book fyi.