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Country Of My Skull
Country Of My Skull
by Antjie Krog
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.79

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truth and reconciliation, 22 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Country Of My Skull (Paperback)
history always has important lesson for us to learn from,whether we cease the moment that is entirely another matter,just after euphoria of post apartheid,south africa had to go thru tear jerking experience of `truth and reconciliation`
to some it was unwelcomed,after reading `country of my skull` i realise,south africa as a nation needed to heal,from atrocities inflicted by apartheid.
both side of war,white and black can always claim,just war or doing my duties,in both cases lives were lost and that robbed some of fathers,mothers and some even their sanity.as i read the book,since i watched part of televised `truth and reconciliation on the tv`,at times i was reduced to tears.not at political level
but at personal one ,i felt pain,some relatives went thru listening to the testimonies of perpetrators,and shed a tear reading about victims
although this book is sort of reporting not easy at times,but it is well planned,and easy to follow, i salute Antjie Krog,for reporting without prejudise and opening our eyes,yet be moved herself,some writers tries to detach,we need bit of feeling


How Europe Underdeveloped Africa
How Europe Underdeveloped Africa
by Walter Rodney
Edition: Paperback

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars africa for africans, 22 Feb. 2010
Just finished reading this highly informative book,to me as an african it is not only informative but important,a book written by blackman about africa,i went thru bantu education,being fed poisonous information,now i belief ,i have an antidote
this book together with `wretched earth`,and steve biko`s,`` i write what i like`
hopes and impediments and many more,that are an eye opener to `underfed,miseducated,poisoned african`
i wish such works should be adopted by african education authorities to let their students, drink from this fountain of knowledge,so that one day we can take africa back ,and set it on its own path determined by its peole for its people
enough of attracting foreigh investors, be they from china or usa,
we need to control our natural resources,not hand me down such as `fair trade`


CRY OF WINNIE MANDELA, THE
CRY OF WINNIE MANDELA, THE
by Njabulo Ndebele
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fan of mama Winnie and Njabulo, 9 Feb. 2010
how shall i put,my feelings into words,excuse the cliche,`words will fail me`
nonetheless,i grew up during struggle days and witnesed first hand atrocities of apartheid,chief luthuli said that`above everything else apartheid is indifferent to human suffering`
men and women suffered, more so at pesonal level,humiliation,helplessnes etc
this dialogue or monologues by this ladies, are poignant and reminds the current anc goverment how people put them in power at a greater price,some lost families,some even their lives,
when cabinet ministers drive in their flashy cars they should ,atleast
not forget who got them there and show differece to the masses
To me this `the cry of winnie mandela `is classic,if it was up to me kids in south africa should read such books
alongside,Bessie head,achebe,Ngugi.
i read fools and other stories,i am saying from the bottom of my heart that Njabulo is a master.
winnie is a extra ordinary woman ,made who she is by extra ordinary circumstance
love her or hate her,i for one ,i love her ,with her faults
i think Njabulo portrayed her well,and with love she so deserved
Mother of the nation! mmmwaaahhh !!


Disgrace
Disgrace
by J M Coetzee
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

3 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars i just don`t know, 9 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Disgrace (Paperback)
Discrace i suppose is one of those novels you either like or you hate it
i for one,i felt let down by the book,since i bought it ,as a result of Coetzee
credentials,my oh how ! i was let down.I would like to think this book is an allegory,(of male dominance/white and black/comeapence)
even then it fails,Take Lucy for instance ,lets say she represent white/women,even after traumatic rape,her reaction or lack of,just left me
fuming and raging,or just agonises me,to unredeemable level,why oh why ,does she,act that way ,she is like a willing victim,like she said `my attackers have marked me`that is there is a possibility of further attacks,
I also fail to see how black and white politics/issues ,they are dealt with,either completely off the mark,lucy and Petrus contractual marriage,i fail to see how she can think it is going to serve as an advantage,
As for Prof maybe he is a sexual predator,and as his punishment,his daughter gets raped,or he is just misguided Byron admirer and male chauvinist,
i just don`t get any charecters proper voices ,
I don`t know if reformations in south africa sent Coetzee into hyper drive,into thinking,south africa will follow zimbabwe route of redistribution of land,
Rape is act of violence, victims will forever be traumatized,Lucy remind me of how pimps ,bring their prostitutes into their control,by repeatedly raping them
till they are numb to shame,


The Thing Around Your Neck
The Thing Around Your Neck
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

4 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed, 16 Nov. 2009
we all read a book because it comes highly recommended by such and such,or prior books were excellent.In case of Ms Adichie,it is the latter.
The thing around our necks ` i have to admit is a catchy and beautiful title,but
the book is utter dispointment,as a book that came after 2 great books,she wrote
She is so obsessed by america,or need to quote western country,like England
To tell the truth there are enough books about Washington,london etc
but what about beautiful african cities like Lagos,Tswane,Luanda,Maseru,Kinshasa
names are endless.I know perhaps her reason for her obsession is her readers are
more western inclined,but i do not agree,her predecessors wrote beautiful prose about africa and africans,her first 2 books were dead on about african themes
beautiful and colourful.i would like to invite her to explore her own continent
she without doubt is a brilliant writter,but like any great writer without
point of reference,she is just eking a living ,writing
until she writes about her own people,or africa at large
i am afraid she will never be great,she will fall by way side,like a seed that lacked nourishment
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Cry, the Beloved Country
Cry, the Beloved Country
by Alan Paton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars splendour beyond any singing of it, 12 Feb. 2008
the beauty of this marvelous novel is in its language and that you cannot help but become one with long suffering Umfundisi Khumalo
like in often most quoted phrases `it was the best of time,it was the worst of time`by dickens and `turning and turning in widening gyre` w b yeats in Chinua Achebe novel` things fall apart`
cry the beloved country has managed to secure it`s immortalized phrasing
`there is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo`
the langauge is beautiful beyond any singing of it,kind of that lingers on after you have long finished the book,
true it was written by white man,about mostly black country,but the book
came up with the idea of `truth and reconciliation `long before 1994 in south africa,
`some fear in south africa that when white have turned to love,they will find blacks turned to hate`
this was written at the height of apartheid,the period in Johannesburg after the massive urbanasation of blacks,has been protrait carefully ,skillful and with utmost care,as most people in south africa will tell you of the importantance of the period ,that gave birth to ANC,PAC,leaders like mandela.sobukwe,liberation/resistance movements

i would recommend this book to any one,especially book lovers,this will be like long lost joy,that one has been yearning for
in my humble opinion it is a classic/masterpiece,one of most important books to read in ones lifetime


Half of a Yellow Sun
Half of a Yellow Sun
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant potrayal of african civil war, 22 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Half of a Yellow Sun (Paperback)
i thoroughly enjoyed this novel,reading it, you get hooked by same spell that Chanua Achebe used to enchant the reader in `things fall apart`,i like the twist in the end about the book within the book,Ugwu ends up being the author,that was master stroke brilliance,i have to say i bought it at Tescos looking for any good read and my what a read it turned out to be.
just read `the purple hibiscus`,oh my gawd,what a read,thoroughly ,enjoyed
i am glad that when,masters like Achebe,Ngugi and Mphahlele leave us with their legacies we will have young stars,not pretenders to the throne,to take the gauntlet,`
half of the yellow sun` and `purple habiscus` are truelly mark of great author in the making,The author can only get better.i with great pride say i am her greatest admirer,looking forward to her next instalment of delicassen,to honour my palate


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