The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm



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Nancy was born in 1941 in Phoenix and grew up in a hotel on the Arizona Mexico border where she worked the switchboard at the age of nine She also found time to hang out in the old state prison and the hobo jungle along the banks of the Colorado River She attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, earning her BA in 1963 Instead of taking a regular job, she joined the Peace Corps and was sent to India 1963 1965 When she returned, she moved into a commune in Berkeley, sold newspapers on the street for a while, then got a job in the Entomology department at UC Berkeley and also took courses in Chemistry there Restless, again, she decided to visit Africa She and a friend tried to hitchhike by boat but the ship they d selected turned out to be stolen and was boarded by the Coast Guard just outside the Golden Gate Bridge Nancy eventually got to Africa on a legal ship She spentthan a year on Lake Cabora Bassa in Mozambique, monitoring water weeds Next she was hired to help control tsetse fly in the dense bush on the banks of the Zambezi in Zimbabwe Part of the time she spent in the capital, Harare, and was introduced to her soon to be husband by his soon to be ex girlfriend He proposed a week later Harold and Nancy now live in the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona on a major drug route for the Sinaloa Cartel This is the setting for The Lord of Opium They have a son, Daniel, who is in the U.S navy Nancy s honors include the National Book Award for The House of the Scorpion and Newbery Honors for The Ear, the Eye and The Arm, A Girl Named Disaster and The House of the Scorpion She is the author of nine novels, three picture books and a number of short stories Her books have been translated into 26 languages.

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm
  • Nancy Farmer
  • English
  • 14 March 2019
  • 0439530644

10 thoughts on “The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm

  1. says:

    I enjoyed this book, but it had problems.The story is about a group of 3 children who go out into the world and get kidnapped Excessively They get kidnapped, and escape, and then kidnapped again, and escape, over and over again To the point where it stops being believable The other problem is that the author set out to write a sci fi novel I know this, because she says so in the introduction It is not a sci fi novel The book has a bunch of stock sci fi features, but they are randomly stuc I enjoyed this book, but it had problems.The story is about a group of 3 children who go out into the world and get kidnapped Excessively They get kidnapped, and escape, and then kidnapped again, and escape, over and over again To the point where it stops being believable The other problem is that the author set out to write a sci fi novel I know this, because she says so in the introduction It is not a sci fi novel The book has a bunch of stock sci fi features, but they are randomly stuck onto the story She could have easily written the book, and then put them all in later Hmmm I should replace the maid with a robot maid and Hmmm instead of being a skyscraper, I will make this building a MILE HIGH HA Bet they never saw that one coming Really, the book is a novel steeped in the religious traditions of Zimbabwe I think adding in the random sci fi elements really detracts from that, but the book still manages to be pretty good

  2. says:

    This book is amazing Period End of story Last year, when I was strolling through the classroom library, I came upon this book I saw the cover and I said, This is the best cover ever Others may disagree with that statement, but I m me and I thought it looked awesome I decided to give it a shot BAM It blew me away KAPOW It knocked my socks off ZIP I read it so fast because it was so FREAKING AWESOME This author, Nancy Farmer, does a FANTASTIC job developing the characters in separat This book is amazing Period End of story Last year, when I was strolling through the classroom library, I came upon this book I saw the cover and I said, This is the best cover ever Others may disagree with that statement, but I m me and I thought it looked awesome I decided to give it a shot BAM It blew me away KAPOW It knocked my socks off ZIP I read it so fast because it was so FREAKING AWESOME This author, Nancy Farmer, does a FANTASTIC job developing the characters in separate areas and bringing them together in the climax The chase scenes were off the hook, and the book was filled to the brim with suspense The plot is original, it is set in a unconventional future where they combine the cultures of the past with the technology of tomorrow, and it just plain ROCKS 5 STARS

  3. says:

    I first read this book back a little over ten years ago on the recommendation of my English teacher One of the best young adult book I have ever read The best parts are all the characters are so fresh and lively, the settling is top to none It is a book that is felt with everything for me A book that just grabs the reader right in and never lets go I never felt I was in Africa at all.Farmer is a great writer that I see rise withMiddle School readers reading her later books, especially I first read this book back a little over ten years ago on the recommendation of my English teacher One of the best young adult book I have ever read The best parts are all the characters are so fresh and lively, the settling is top to none It is a book that is felt with everything for me A book that just grabs the reader right in and never lets go I never felt I was in Africa at all.Farmer is a great writer that I see rise withMiddle School readers reading her later books, especially House of Scorpion I just really wished thatreaders read this book

  4. says:

    I really appreciated that the fact that this SF novel was set in Zimbabwe and actually incorporated myths and traditions from Zimbabwean culture into the story very few SF novels take place in non Western settings and feature non white protagonists, almost no teen SF novels do this Another strong point was the nuanced depiction of Resthaven, the seemingly idyllic throwback to premodern Africa hidden in the heart of the city Farmer deftly demonstrates to young readers that it is foolish to I really appreciated that the fact that this SF novel was set in Zimbabwe and actually incorporated myths and traditions from Zimbabwean culture into the story very few SF novels take place in non Western settings and feature non white protagonists, almost no teen SF novels do this Another strong point was the nuanced depiction of Resthaven, the seemingly idyllic throwback to premodern Africa hidden in the heart of the city Farmer deftly demonstrates to young readers that it is foolish to romanticize the pre modern past in the bush as an escape from the evils of modern urbanity The storytelling was not quite as strong as House of the Scorpion and the characterizations of the other children Kuda and Rita were weak but those flaws aside it was a great read

  5. says:

    This book has taken me about a year to finish It odd though because the story or the writing kept drawing me back in I found it difficult to build sympathy for the characters The detectives hired to find the lost children are bumbling oafs and are always one step behind The children themselves are thrust into the same scenario of captured escaped over and over again I can t truly explain what is missing from this book I think it may be the lack of backstory or the inability to define This book has taken me about a year to finish It odd though because the story or the writing kept drawing me back in I found it difficult to build sympathy for the characters The detectives hired to find the lost children are bumbling oafs and are always one step behind The children themselves are thrust into the same scenario of captured escaped over and over again I can t truly explain what is missing from this book I think it may be the lack of backstory or the inability to define plot changes effectively I m left with the feeling that this could have been a great story, but it fell way short on delivery I will not recommend to friends, in fact, I may just donate it to the library

  6. says:

    I think I m in a bit of a reading slump, because even this middle grade book took far too long for me to read I m on a vague quest to read Newbery books that I haven t before, though, so I was glad to round out my collection with this Mostly, I m so impressed that this was so diverse for a book published in the 1990s, because it s a nice piece of Afro futurism, entirely set in Zimbabwe, with an almost all black cast and some historically grounded mystical elements etc.It reminded me a bit of A I think I m in a bit of a reading slump, because even this middle grade book took far too long for me to read I m on a vague quest to read Newbery books that I haven t before, though, so I was glad to round out my collection with this Mostly, I m so impressed that this was so diverse for a book published in the 1990s, because it s a nice piece of Afro futurism, entirely set in Zimbabwe, with an almost all black cast and some historically grounded mystical elements etc.It reminded me a bit of A Series of Unfortunate Events, in terms of three siblings out on their own, in peril, and going through a succession of absolutely useless or dangerous adults as they careen from place to place, temporary guardian to temporary guardian Along the way, they re followed by a trio of superpowered detectives tasked with bringing them home to their parents.The prose just didn t hook me, because it s somewhat flat straight forward in the common way of middle grade, but I know that I probably would ve loved this if I d read it as a kid 3.5 stars, rounded up mainly for the appendices at the end, where Nancy Farmer provides a bit of valuable non Western worldbuilding and historical context which would be so valuable for kids to learn about, imo She lived in Mozambique and Zimbabwe for a while, so it seems like she s tried to handle the cultural elements as sensitively and accurately as she could

  7. says:

    Young adult novel Check Zimbabwean backwoods journey Check Cyberpunk futurist setting Check You don t get a lot of books that hit all three of those points this may be the only one As a fifth grader I wasn t entirely sure what to make of this novel, but it grew on me as I read There are elements I remember to this day the house full of taxidermies the mile high hotel skyscraper the multiethnic mutated detectives The writing isn t entirely polished, but this book still gets high poin Young adult novel Check Zimbabwean backwoods journey Check Cyberpunk futurist setting Check You don t get a lot of books that hit all three of those points this may be the only one As a fifth grader I wasn t entirely sure what to make of this novel, but it grew on me as I read There are elements I remember to this day the house full of taxidermies the mile high hotel skyscraper the multiethnic mutated detectives The writing isn t entirely polished, but this book still gets high points for originality, especially when, fifteen years later, YA has become a series of generic cookie cutter dystopias

  8. says:

    Great memories of this book, if only because it was so different from anything else I d read at age 12 or so I d hate to read it again and have those memories ruined, but I still kind of want to Because dystopian Zimbabwe, supernatural detectives, and spirits in masks.

  9. says:

    I LOVED IT

  10. says:

    I enjoyed the book a lot the author tried to pay homage to real traditions and beloefs as much as possible My main gripe with the book is that the villains seem unnecessarily vile and vicious without any depth.

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