Set in Belize, Beka Lamb is the record of a few months in the life of Beka and her family. The politics of the small colony, the influence of the matriarchal society. Complete summary of Zee Edgell’s Beka Lamb. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Beka Lamb. Beka Lamb [Zee Edgell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Subtle yet rich descriptions of culture, society, and family life in Belize adorn Zee .

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Beka Lamb by Zee Edgell. Set in Belize, Central America, this book is the record of a few months in the life of Beka and her family. The story is built around Beka’s victory over her habit of lying and her relationship with her friend Toycie. The politics of the colony and the presence of the Catholic Church are featured. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Beka Lambplease sign up.

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Social Insecurity in Beka Lamb by Zee Edgell

Apr 03, James Barker rated it did not like it Shelves: This was such a struggle to get through. Poorly executed really terrible grammar throughoutstructured naively, no storyline to speak of- I only read through to the bitter end hoping for some improvement and it turns out the improvement was the end.

If those two words had been written down to mark that juncture they would have been the best two words in the whole bloody book.

The only redeeming feature is the information regarding life in Belize in the dying days of British colonial rule. The This was such a struggle to get through.

The descriptions were, at times, interesting, and could beja formed a four or five page article. Instead we get a vast section of flashback that has no chance to offer anything dramatic the key information has already been givena hurricane that is the most pointless act of God and WAY too many nuns.

The eponymous central character bored me.

The passages about politics could have been carved out of a school kid’s essay about the problems of bringing democracy sdgell a world of rice and beans and outdoor toilets. I feel it’s important to read books from as many different countries as is possible but this one was not a good start for my inaugural reading of the wee Central American nation.

Definitely a case of Jeez, Belize. View all 4 comments.

Social Insecurity in Beka Lamb by Zee Edgell | Ervin Beck | Goshen College

Beka Lamb tells the story of a few months in the life of a fourteen-year-old girl — Beka — and her slightly older friend Toycie, who both attend a convent school in Belize. Saturday, pay day for many families, was the biggest marketing, house-cleaning, and cooking day of the week. But the intense activity, and the smells of what was to come on Sunday noon, assuaged the need veka bigger meals. In the houses of even the poorest, at the very least red kidney beans and bits of salty pigtails stewed on outdoor fire hearths edgwll for the addition of raw rice, assiduously picked over for stones, and washed several lammb until the water ran clear.

And in the houses of those that could better afford it, chickens, pork, or beef roasted in ovens; great pots of grey-black relleno soup thickened on stoves with a dozen hard-boild eggs per pot bobbing up and down like dumplings, and the corn mills of the town ground busily in preparation for the mounds of tortillas that would be needed the following day.

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Seafood and groundfood were rarely cooked on Sundays: I enjoyed all the descriptive stuff, found the story engaging, and learn at least slightly more about Belize than I knew before. Nov 29, Shannon rated it liked it. After booking a trip to Belize, the search for Belizean authors was on.

Once I learned about Zee Edgall, I knew it was her edvell that would accompany me on my trip. I decided to read the books chronologically, so first up was Beka Lamb. I usually la,b a terrible time with coming-of-age stories.

Perhaps it was because of this book’s local setting or maybe it was because the book only captures 3 months in the life of Bekz Lamb, a teenage girl, but it turned out to be a lovely complement to my tri After lmab a trip to Belize, the search for Belizean authors was on.

Perhaps it was because of this book’s local setting or maybe it was because the book only captures 3 months in the life of Beka Lamb, a teenage girl, but it turned out to be a lovely complement to my trip.

The novel contained a political slant that I didn’t really care for because who needs more politics in their life right now. But the book was published in and Belize became an independent nation inso I understand. I truly adored the family dynamics in this novel and admired Zee Edgall for shining a light on issues like teenage pregnancy and community accepted, one-sided consequences. I also appreciated the author’s descriptions of Belizean homesteads, racial diversity, and physical landscape that matched what was right before my eyes.

The more I think about it the more I think I need to bump this book up from 3 stars. Sep 17, Zavia Currie rated it liked it. I have learnt that Beka is a girl living in a caribbean island. She lied about alot of stuff. She lied about not failing in some of her classes because she did not want her father to sending her to school.

Her friend Toycie died and after her death Beka lived her life in honors of Toycie. It started when she won a essay contest. And Beka Beka changed from someone with low confidents to a high minded person. Death was one of the themes in the story.

This is one of those books: Beka has just flunked her freshman year laamb the local convent school, and zse free public education is not edglel an option, it’s not certain whether her father will let her try again. Meanwhile her best friend, Toycie, gets into some serious trouble. Unfortunately, Edgell deploys a combination of techniques that, while not always bad, combine to make this a less than engaging read.

First, the entire story is told in flashback, so we know up front how all major threads are going to turn out. Second, the book is packed with Belize-related information — food, geography, flora and fauna, architecture, celebrations, politics, local history and legends, etc. Third, the writing style is zed flat and my edition needed a bit more copyeditingso that whenever the author moves from one topic to another, any momentum the story has gained is promptly lost.

The book has only pages, but feels longer; for more than half its length I had to push myself to read pages a day. It does become somewhat more engaging toward the end, however. Feb 02, Holly edgeell it it was amazing Recommends it for: This book has become a staple on the bookshelves of readers throughout the Caribbean. Beka Lamb is one of those rare books that really does appeal to all ages. It is used as a required text in high school literature classes in the Caribbean, as well as in college and universities around the world.

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It is also just a great read! The story centers around the title ch This book has become a staple on the bookshelves of readers throughout the Caribbean. The story centers around the title character, a teenager, as she struggles to come to terms with her habit edgelll lying and the pregancy bekq death of her best friend, and watches her country, British Honduras present-day Belizestruggle to shake off the bonds of colonialism in the s.

Zee Edgell is my mother!

Jan 30, Argott rated it liked it Shelves: Years ago I met Zee Edgell. She was a real peach. I’m always in awe of little-known but influential books. Edgell is a “Caribbean” author, and when I read Beka Lamb she was the most prominent writer in the history of Belize.

I wonder if that has changed? I enjoyed Beka Lamb, and I plan to read it again one day. She was a very clever lady. I had to read this in 9th grade, and I hated it. I had to read it again in college, and I tried to go in with an open mind, and I thought it was terrible. Just one more “coming of age” tale, a genre which tends toward mediocrity except when the main character’s name is Holden. Apr 15, Rafael Gamero rated it it was ok.

Great effort, great themes, very good writing, but characters’ dialogue seems forced: Sep 29, Rosy Elias added it. Apr 08, Dave Carroll rated it really liked it. Beka Lamb is one of the most popular works of Caribbean fiction and the kind of book you find on the shelf of a well read West Indies family.

Set in Belize during the post World War II years as the Central American British colony was making decisive steps towards independence, Beka Lamb centers on the title character, a teenage Creole girl who is struggling to get a good education and build a future where options were few for young women with a mixed race heritage residing on a lower tiered, rac Beka Lamb is one of the most popular works of Caribbean fiction and the kind of book you find on the shelf of a well read West Indies family.

Set in Belize during the post World War II years as the Central American British colony was making decisive steps towards independence, Beka Lamb centers on the title character, a teenage Creole girl who is struggling to get a good education and build a future where options were few for young women with a mixed race heritage residing on a lower tiered, race based social status.

My understanding is that the work is semi-autobiograpical as the title characters and her best friend a few years her senior navigate the conservative social mores and expectations of the Belizean community.

The political turmoil serves as a fascinating backdrop as the poeple of Belize wrestle with their identity and place in a world rapidly decolonizing. Personally, I did not realize the outsized role American missionaries and educators played in this decidedly British colony.

I would recommend this as a great read for teens as well as anyone interested in learning more about the decolonization movement. Oct 28, Maud reading the world challenge rated it really liked it Shelves: Belize] This is both a coming-of-age story for Beka, the main character, and for Belize, which is fighting for its independence from the British Empire. The book gives an interesting insight into the culture and setting of Belize.