“This novel really brought out a historical event I never really knew much about. The Rwanda genocide was a horrible time in history, but this book brought light to what has happened over in Africa. A fun read with various characters you were truly love to meet.”Liana J. Coletti wrote this review Tuesday, November 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I absolutely loved this book set in Rwanda after the genocide that took place. Novel is based around Angel, a professional cake maker and her dealings with all the people around her, her life and accepting things that happened in the past. Very emotional book.”Jane B-A wrote this review Thursday, October 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this story of a community, of Angel Tungaraza and her cake making and her family, and her care of people in her community.”Judy O wrote this review Wednesday, August 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
McClelland & Stewart|July 6, 2010|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-7710-6902-4
Baking Cakes in Kigali is a tale in fourteen confections, and behind each cake lies a story. As baker Angel Tungaraza busies herself with her customer’s orders, we learn about their lives: Ken Akimoto – with his penchant for partying, her best client – and Bosco, his lovesick driver; Dr. Rejoice, without whom she’d never cope with the hot flashes that send her delving into her brassiere for a handkerchief so often these days; Odile, an AIDS worker whose love life Angel has taken a keen interest in; and not forgetting young Leocadie, Modeste, and their baby boy, Beckham. Angel works her magic, solving problems for all around her, and in turn, they help her lay her own demons to rest: perhaps she can finally face the truth about the loss of her own son and daughter, and achieve a sense of peace…
Hauntingly charming, funny, and involving, Baking Cakes in Kigali is a novel about the real meaning of reconciliation – about how, in the aftermath of tragedy, life goes on and people still manage to find reasons to celebrate.
This was a funny, sad, heartwarming read. Angel Tungaraza bakes and decorates the most beautiful cakes. As each of her customers come to see her to ask her to bake one, she hands them her portfolio to look at while she makes them tea. Her best client is Ken Akimoto who regularly holds parties and loves karaoke and the people of the apartment building are usually invited, but those that aren’t never complain about the noise because at one time or another they have been invited.
Each person that comes to see Angel has some sort of problem that she helps them solve. She seems to have an air about her that makes her easily approachable and easy to talk to, however, at the same time, she comes to accept, in her own way, the deaths of both her own daughter and son.
Even amongst all these problems, terrible illnesses and death, it shows us that life does go on and people still find reasons to celebrate regardless of the hardships they’ve faced.
I would recommend this book to others.
“What a wonderful book! I give it 4.5 stars****. It's about a Tanzanian woman (Angel Tungaraza) along with her husband( Pius) with their five orphaned grandchildren moved to Rwanda (post - genocide) and started a business. Her business of selling Cakes. As she was baking and selling her cakes, we began to learn the stories of what her customers and neighbors experienced during the horrible event that happened in their country. True to her name, Angel became an angel to her neighbors, family, friends, and community, always with a listening ear and a shoulder to provide comfort. This book is definitely a keeper! :D”Diana S wrote this review Saturday, June 30, 2012. ( reply | view 1 replies | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good, but not great. Hard to keep my interest. Story is woven around a woman who bakes cakes for a living. Customers come to her and share their stories. Couldn't get into it.”Barbara Mambu wrote this review Saturday, March 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Best read of the year! Parkin does a masterful job showing power and vulnerability in the main character, Angel. Her use of glasses and cake forms as dissociations are realistic. ”Philip G. Monroe wrote this review Monday, January 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An interesting way to learn about Rwanda's history! really enjoyed it!”JA wrote this review Wednesday, January 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I like how the name was ''Baking cakes in Kigali", and the book itself was also really sweet. Angel Tungaraza, a professional local baker, has people coming in her bakery everyday to order her delicious, colorful cakes and not only that, but they come in to tell her their life stories as well. Because she was a very kind and sweet person, she always tries to help them, and she also helps others who have suffered from losses (by death) and the war as well.”Prae wrote this review Monday, December 12, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I am reading this in German - but shelfari cannot find the German version :-(
but at least the cover is the same...
So far I like it - it has the same peaceful flowing rhythm as Mma Ramotswe for example... very unhurried... nice to read!
Edit: I did like it, not a love story in a common sense but very charming!”