Leopold Blue

Meg Bergman is fifteen and fed up She lives in a tiny town in rural 1990s South Africa a hot bed of traditionalism, racial tension and in Meg s eyes ordinariness Meg has no friends either, due largely to what the community sees as her mother s interfering attempts to educate farm workers about AIDS But one day Xanthe arrives cool, urban, feisty Xanthe, who for somMeg Bergman is fifteen and fed up She lives in a tiny town in rural 1990s South Africa a hot bed of traditionalism, racial tension and in Meg s eyes ordinariness Meg has no friends either, due largely to what the community sees as her mother s interfering attempts to educate farm workers about AIDS But one day Xanthe arrives cool, urban, feisty Xanthe, who for some unknown reason seems to want to hang out with Meg.Xanthe arrives into Meg s life like a hurricane, offering her a look at a teenage life she never knew existed But cracks quickly begin to show in their friendship when Meg s childhood friend Simon returns from his gap year travels LEOPOLD BLUE is an emotionally taut and beautifully written story from a debut author with a mesmerising voice.
Leopold Blue Meg Bergman is fifteen and fed up She lives in a tiny town in rural s South Africa a hot bed of traditionalism racial tension and in Meg s eyes ordinariness Meg has no friends either due largely

  • Title: Leopold Blue
  • Author: Rosie Rowell
  • ISBN: 9781471401251
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Leopold Blue”

    1. I think it must be quite difficult to write a character like Meg: one whom the author wants to be reasonably sympathetic to the reader while also beingwell. Meg isn't terribly pleasant for much of the book. She's young and feels isolated and as though the world is against her, which is not unusual for a teenager, but in Meg's case it's the early 90s in South Africa, and Meg is the sort of low-key racist that she'd probably think is not racist: Meg would much rather that her mother, a trained doc [...]

    2. 'Leopold Blue' is set in a very important time in history; one that many young people are oblivious to, but should be reading about. This was a setting that was very prominent when reading Rosie Rowell's debut novel, especially after the recent death of Nelson Mandela, who was mentioned throughout the book. This was also a novel that not only tackled politics, and this was widely-discussed, but also the way that South Africa was changing during the 1990's and the belief that black people were no [...]

    3. 3.5* - see full review (with a GIF) on my blog if you wish spreadingukya2013You know that feeling when there's many awesome books but there's one standing out for a ridiculously gorgeous cover? You can see where I'm going with this? So, part of the reason I was attracted to it was the gorgeous font, a leopold blue, contrast to the grey sky- supposed to be blue- with a plain girl, windswept hair & OK you probably can see for yourself that's it's eye-catching.Another: a vital part of our histo [...]

    4. You can read more of my reviews at Queen of ContemporaryYou may know by now that I’ll read practically anything Hot Key Books publish. So when Leopold Blue was offered to me to review, I jumped at the chance. Once again, I wasn’t let down. They really are a miracle publisher.We all know how confusing it can be growing up, and Leopold Blue is a story all about discovery. One of the most striking things about the novel is its beautiful writing and voice. The protagonist, Meg, doesn’t have an [...]

    5. Review by BethIt was a bit of a coincidence that I began reading Leopold Blue during the time Nelson Mandela’s sad death was announced. It felt quite fitting to be reading about 1990s South Africa at such a time and believe this novel may stay with me for a very long time on that basis.Meg seems like an average teenager, she’s surly, not exactly best friends with her parents and happy to push her little sister around. Meg is normal, she isn’t particularly happy in her small South African t [...]

    6. A really enjoyable read which appealed to me quite nicely. I really loved the historical setting and the backdrop to the story more than anything else. The book is set in South Africa in the 90s and I enjoyed learning about life during the period for ordinary people particularly looking at the divisions that existed even though they should have passed. I was very much fascinated by it throughout the book. However I wasn't a huge fan of the main characters so I found myself not all that fussed ab [...]

    7. My first read for the Bout of Books 9.0 Readathon I received this novel for review from the publishers, Hot Key Books. See my full review Right Here.

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