Lucy's People

Lucy's People : An Ethiopian Memoir

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"Lucy's People: An Ethiopian Memoir" is the inspiring story of a country and a life. Young engineer Mesfin grows up under Emperor Haile Selassie I in Ethiopia. She is mother to all her people. Under her sun and moon, women walk tall. Many are warriors, including his mother and grandmother. The boy comprehends the burden placed upon ethical military such as his colonel father. He defends Ethiopian borders and the socially marginalised. Like him, Mesfin defies those who thrive on brutality and treachery.
With the 1974 communist revolution, how do the humane thrive? At the warfront, the conscripted teenager must never compromise his love for motherland and the children of Lucy. The humanoid fossil has survived almost intact for 3.2 million years in the Rift Valley. At what cost to her people does Ethiopia endure?
In and out of prison, Mesfin nevertheless qualifies as a construction and civil engineer. An ancient Abyssinian role model is Saba (Queen Sheba), the engineering queen of Lake Tana. Her people pioneered agricultural water use. He specialises in water development and works all over the country.

Fresh disaster comes in 1991. Youth must choose: stay or flee?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 298 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17mm | 440g
  • Australia
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0648828727
  • 9780648828723

Table of contents

Preface ix
Note xi
CHAPTER 1 - Gouder To Addis Ababa
CHAPTER 2 - Harer
CHAPTER 3 - Big Men
CHAPTER 4 - Patriot
CHAPTER 5 - Mama Teliqwa
CHAPTER 6 - Arat Kilo
CHAPTER 7 - Revolution
CHAPTER 8 - Advisor
CHAPTER 9 - Red Terror
CHAPTER 10 - Books
CHAPTER 11 - The Bean
CHAPTER 12 - Heritage
CHAPTER 13 - Calculator
CHAPTER 14 - Forgive Me
CHAPTER 15 - Enough
CHAPTER 16 - Khalid
CHAPTER 17 - Western Influenced
CHAPTER 18 - Second Home
CHAPTER 19 - Hagere Mariyam
CHAPTER 20 - Market Day
CHAPTER 21 - Departure
Addendum - The Gold Chain
About the Authors
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"Lucy's People" offers a humane portrait of modern Ethiopia, etched in the recollections of an astounding life. Humming with heartfelt energy, Mesfin Tadesse's memoirs span a transformative and troubled era. Bright and charismatic, Mesfin cuts his teeth under the reign of Emperor Haile Selassie I. In horror, he watches the communist Derg coup of 1974, and, alongside his compatriots, struggles to endure the ensuing atrocities. As a headstrong young man, Mesfin must not merely survive, but must do so without compromising his convictions, or his love of Ethiopia. Engaging to the last, "Lucy's People" runs the gamut of human emotion. It strikes the tone of an affectionate elegy, such that it feels, at one moment, warmly descriptive, and at yet another, quietly indignant. In this manner, it weaves between the personal and the political: a feat widely accomplished with playful, acerbic wit. Readers can expect an appetising dose of flavourful detail, but without fear of excessive nostalgia or sentimentality. The storytelling remains consistently inventive, and rewards with gripping vignettes starring spirited personalities. These memoirs thereby tell the story of many - a story of resilient compassion and defiant pride. The result is compelling; "Lucy's People" skilfully documents an intimate perspective on an ethically complex time and place. This review was based on a complimentary pre-release copy of ISBN 9780648828723 __Ben Claessens, 2021; These reviews were for the 1st edition: This is a gripping story, well told. ___ Sheger FM Radio 102.1, April 28, 2020. Translated by Mesfin Tadesse; In 13 years, I have not read an Ethiopian book like this one. It is genuine and tells the truth fearlessly. Amazingly, this story has come to us from Australia. For more than 4 centuries, Arabic nations and Europe have frequently been hostile towards Ethiopia. They have proven to be a unique enemy to Lucy's people. This is because they are unforgiving. Today, Europeans, Americans and Middle Easterners attack in many ways. Recently, they have been a huge headache. For example, we have not been left in peace to build a dam on our own Blue Nile River. It starts in the middle of Ethiopia, crosses Sudan and flows to Egypt, yet they oppose our own hydroelectricity and irrigation project for agriculture. The authors of "Lucy's People: An Ethiopian Memoir" reside in Australia. Because of this, they have a refreshing perspective on the treatment of Ethiopia by outsiders. Wake up world. Read this book. ___"Around the World." Review of Lucy's People: An Ethiopian Memoir, by Mesfin Tadesse & Ianet Bastyan. Justice Magazine, May 1-2, 2020. Translated by Mesfin Tadesse.
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About Mesfin Tadesse

Mesfin Tadesse is an Ethiopian engineer. How he survived the Communist Derg and served his people through work is an inspiring story. Never would Mesfin or his family compromise mother or country. His mother was Falasha, which is Ethiopian Jewish. From her, he gained unique insights into an ancient culture comprised of geniuses. He shares these in Lucy's People; Ianet Bastyan is an Australian teacher & librarian. Mesfin told her about Ethiopian culture. Ianet said, 'What is it like to live in Ethiopia?' In 2016, they visited, then wrote his inspirational memoir. Ianet's grandfathers were soldiers and farmers. They faced the 1930s Depression. It was nothing compared to survival under the Ethiopian communist Derg 1974-91.
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