Book Review: Baking Cakes in Kigali


Just finished reading ‘Baking Cakes in Kigali’ by Gaile Parkin. It’s set in Rwanda about this lady, Angel Tungaraza, who bakes cakes for various clients and through the different occasions the story unfolds. She is also menopausal and bringing up her orphaned grandchildren with her husband, Pius.

It was a nice easy read, with a wide array of very interesting characters. It did get a bit monotonous especially around the tea drinking sessions. This story also made me think of the ‘No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency’ and how Alexander McCall Smith really gets into the psyche of Precious Ramotswe and how when she (he) speaks you really bought into it. In Baking Cakes,it felt a little rehearsed and like the writer had not really immersed herself into the character of Angel Tungaraza – a bit superficial bordering on condescending.

Would I recommend it to anyone? Yeah, its a light and easy read and of course any book about Africa, is a good thing to have in your ‘already read’ list. So yeah, definitely read this book if it crosses your path …


One response to “Book Review: Baking Cakes in Kigali

  1. I’m a big fan of No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (see my post of 6th October) so this looks very tempting indeed.

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