By: Annick Press
In this gripping and heartbreaking true story, Mariatu shares with readers the details of the brutal attack, its aftermath and her eventual arrival in Toronto. There she began to pull together the pieces of her broken life with courage, astonishing resilience and hope.
– Excerpt from Goodreads
To start: Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book, although I have realized I take forever to read books that have been sent to me from authors or publishers, I do not disregard them as I really do want to read them!
Back to the book dialogue, The Bite of the Mango was a fantastic read! Mariatu Kamara, the author and protagonist, of this fantastic story she chooses to share, which was I believe was inspired from her meeting with Ishmael Beah.
Mariatu was a victim of rebels during the civil war in her home country of Sierra Leonne. Although she wasn’t made into a soldier, or a “sex slave” to the rebels, she was amputated. Soldiers not much older than her took pleasure in taking away some of the few things Mariatu had that was her own.
Later in her story Mariatu will take about the rape she endured from her future husband and the child that came from it. The trials, troubles, and successions of her life all the way up to meeting Susan McClelland, the woman who helped make this book possible!
Another great book that gives you a glimpse into what so many people tragically endured for years in the African/ country of Sierra Leonne.
Also check out my review for Ishmael Beah’s book A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier