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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At only 15 years of age, Beka has succeeded so well in her primary task that we may also be cautiously optimistic about the future of her newly independent country.

Beka Lamb becomes a lajb of nun, by principled choice, whether or not she clearly understands the implications of it. Perhaps it was because of this book’s local setting or maybe it was because the book edgeell captures 3 months in the life of Beka Lamb, a teenage girl, but it turned out to be a lovely complement to my tri After booking a trip to Egdell, the search for Belizean authors was on.

Belize was a British colony, with all the problems colonialism entails. I, like Beka had a good life, a life many kids I knew didn’t have. Conceiving a child outside of wedlock has been a distinguishing element of traditional African-American culture in the Caribbean since the earliest days of colonization. He implies that—but does not show how—the novel is part of the solution. Following the Battle of St.

Beka Lamb by Zee Edgell

The book has only pages, but feels longer; for more than half its length I had to push myself to read pages a day. She won her prize by writing an essay about the arrival of the Sister of Charity nuns in Belize. Its Role in Combating Recolonization.


The author clearly encourages the association by pointing out on both the first and last pages that Beka Lamb won the essay contest on the very day that Gadsden and Pritchard were imprisoned for sedition by the British colonial government.

But, the morning of the pending storm, we hired a taxi to take us to the downtown area of Belize City where I read this book while I was in Belize. This novel has everything a reader can imagine; love,friendship,death,loss of innocence,politics and poverty.

Unfortunately, Edgell deploys a combination of techniques that, while not always bad, combine to make this a less than engaging read. The more I think about it lamg more I think I need to bump this book up from 3 stars.

Social Insecurity in Beka Lamb by Zee Edgell

Ze has heard the Mother Provincial invite the girls to consider joining the order and becoming the first native Belizean sisters. 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. Personally, I did not realize the outsized role American missionaries and educators played in this decidedly British colony.

Her identity — and, by implication, the identity of the New Belize — is complex and subtly drawn. Just one more “coming of age” tale, a genre which tends toward mediocrity except when the main character’s name is Holden. Around the world for a great book pays a visit to Belize.

I could very well relate them with my personal experience. She won the prize the day the edgell were imprisoned. Her pregnancy is more a socioeconomic than a moral issue.


The story is situated at a time period when Belize was still under the British rule and the people of Belize still did not have the right to vote. To view it, click here. The descriptions were, at times, interesting, and could have formed a four or five page article.

The losses and struggles in Beka’s life allow the reader to celebrate with her as she develops, matures and gains her victory in the end. This article is about the novel. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Beka Lamb – Zee Edgell | Literary Criticism

That same issue is at the heart of the overtly political discussion urged upon the Lamb family by the political activist, Gran Ivy. The politics of the small colony, the influence of the matriarchal society and the dominating presence of the Catholic Church are woven into the fabric of the story edgsll provide a compelling portrait of ordinary The This was such a struggle to get through.

In addition to his attitude toward business, Bill has also given up Protestantism the traditional English faith exgell Catholicism the growing Hispanic- related faith. The novel consists of 26 chapters each building up on a certain plot or problem. This Belize -related article is a stub. The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. In actuality, those details are very sinister.

For the problem of ethnic rivalry in Belize, Geka suggests no clear, easy solution. And both were of an equivalent degree—not final achievements but first steps leading toward fulfilment.