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The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.34

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Insightful, 24 May 2005
The Time Traveler's Wife is a great love story with a fascinating component. It is hard not to be moved by the story to ponder our purposes on this intriguing part of the universe called Earth . Love in its different aspects is eventually the overriding aspect of life that is worth living for . Like UNION MOUJIK, THE DOOMSDAY BOOK, DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, LIFE OF PI, the characters portray emotions, are very expressive and are witty. I like the way a reader is led on. This is a recommended read.


Almost French: A New Life in Paris
Almost French: A New Life in Paris
by Sarah Turnbull
Edition: Paperback

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and educational, 4 April 2005
"Almost French" is a remarkable story of a woman who goes to France to visit an acquaintance, a French lawyer. It is the romantic nature of the city of Paris that rapped her. She came to enjoy the day to day regular life of , strolls in the city, dinner parties, meeting friends, enjoying the flow of the city, finding employment, meeting new people, traveling, learning more about the French, cooking, the night life, shopping and many other activities. This is one of the books that do not paint a false picture of living in France, and tells it the way it truly is. Living in a foreign country and culture is hard. Before you get used to it, there are times when you almost get reduced to tears, when you feel lost, when you feel like venting your listlessness at the 'friendly locals. This book is a fascinating series of accounts told from a journalist's point of view. For anyone harboring romantic visions of becoming an expatriate, more so in a country like France or a city like Paris, I recommend this book. Even for those who have already visited Paris, and those yet to visit, this is a book to read.
This memoir of Sarah Turnbull's move to Paris from Australia is a fun to read book. I was amused by her recount of her dog. I am looking forward to more books by this author.
Also recommended: THE USURPER AND OTHER STORIES, LIVING AND WORKING IN PARIS, SIXTY MILLION FRENCHMEN CAN'T BE WRONG, DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE


Mission to Kala (African Writers Series)
Mission to Kala (African Writers Series)
by Mongo Beti
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A penetrating story, 4 April 2005
A fascinating story of Jean-Marie Medza who returns to his home village in the as an academic failure from his last exams, and is sent off to retrieve from upcountry Kala , the wife of a Niam, a villager who had run off with a man from Kala. This is after several attempts had been made to have her return home. Jean-Marie Medza's relatives honor him because he is a city man and he is educated. In this vivid portrayal of village life and the conflicts in a society coming to terms with western values, where those untouched or unexposed meet the white man, his ideas and those who are exposed to the ideas, Mongo Beti proved himself as a master storyteller. Medza lives with his relatives and becomes a local hero, courted by elderly people in the village, solicited by the girls and cherished by the boys. He sees better heroes in the crowd, yet stays unwilling to stop the underserved praises and attention. He knows he is a pseudo-hero, perhaps even worse than the father he dreaded, a father who had embraced so much of western ideas and commercial materialism to the detriment of his African intelligence, customs and values. Jean-Marie Medza finally clashes with his father, leaves the village, never to return again.
The Usurper and other stories, The Old man and the Medal, Perpetua and the habit of Unhappiness,Disciples of Fortune, Triple Agent, Double Cross


Nowhere in Africa: An Autobiographical Novel
Nowhere in Africa: An Autobiographical Novel
by Stefanie Zweig
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sensational story, 27 Feb 2005
I was not disappointed when I finally laid my hands on this translation of Nowhere in Africa. I had been looking forward to it after watching the movie. It is a rich nonfictional book, a beautifully written autobiography of a life in self-exile in Africa, precisely in Kenya. It is an extraordinary tale of Walter Redlich, his wife Jettel, and Regina their five-year-old daughter; a Jewish family that fled Nazi Germany in 1938 and made a new life in a remote Kenyan farm. It portrayed the different capacities of the Jewish family members to adapt to their new life. The father , a former attorney accepts the situation and works listlessly to nake life bearable for his family, Jettel the mother never reconciles herself to her new life, while their sensitive daughter overcomes her inhibitions and falls in love with her "new world". In Regina's enchanted kingdom, understanding started with learning the local language and customs, and feeling at home began when Owuvor, the family cook becomes her new friend, opening up the world around her and giving her the joy she never had in Germany. The family grows with the birth of a baby boy and eventually returns to Germany for another new and strange life for the children.
The story is inspiring, the pace is fast and the characters are rich and wide-ranging. The fact that this story is set in a world we are not very familiar with, made it all the more unique.
I also recommend DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, DISGRACE and GRACELAND


Johnny Cash: The Life of an American Icon
Johnny Cash: The Life of an American Icon
by Stephen Miller
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 27 Feb 2005
To me, Johnny Cash is a legend. That is why he deserves the most wonderful and amazing tribute as one of the greatest legends of our time .Everything about his music is majical. He was a unique caliber, one of the last of his type. Johnny cash is everything and more. In this book, we get to know of his love, pains, strengths, weaknesses and his inner faith that never died. He was country music's greatest symbol , embodying all that is good about the music. He lives on in his songs.
I recommend LAST TRAIN TO MEMPHIS, DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, MY LIFE


Cash: A Tribute to Johnny Cash
Cash: A Tribute to Johnny Cash
by Alan Messer
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 27 Feb 2005
To me, Johnny Cash is a legend. That is why he deserves the most wonderful and amazing tribute as one of the greatest legends of our time .Everything about his music is majical. He was a unique caliber, one of the last of his type. Johnny cash is everything and more. In this book, we get to know of his love, pains, strengths, weaknesses and his inner faith that never died. He was country music's greatest symbol , embodying all that is good about the music. He lives on in his songs.
I recommend LAST TRAIN TO MEMPHIS, DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, MY LIFE


God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time
God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time
by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Edition: Hardcover

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational book, 26 Feb 2005
In GOD HAS A DREAM, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a hero from the anti-Apartheid struggle, the spiritual and moral representative of South Africa and one of the few legends of our time made a case for humanity. In this book full of hope, deep and moving messages, profound spirituality, beautiful lessons, wise words and insightful truths, we are also treated to a series of humorous lines. This book is idealist in its message but pragmatic in its approach to solving the problems humanity is facing. It has a solution for people of every race, religion, nationality and gender. I recommend this book to anyone who seeking for the truth to solutions of humanity's problems.

Also recommended: NO FUTURE WITHOUT FORGIVENESS, DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, UNION MOUJIK
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The Girl Who Married A Lion: Folktales From Africa
The Girl Who Married A Lion: Folktales From Africa
by Alexander McCall Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.84

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind opening, 21 Feb 2005
A beautiful book with storylines on Africa, The Girl Who Married a Lion is highly emotional and deep. With a clear depiction of African attachment to totems, the book provides an insight of Southern African cultures and traditions, of the close link of the people and the animals they became attached to, as well as their closeness to the environment. The people's perception and acceptance of life, death, love, happiness and sorrow are clearly depicted.
There is a lot to learn, enjoy and develop from this book. It easily brings to mind the works of Janvier Tisi's THE USURPER AND OTHER STORIES. In the story I AM HATED, the strength of totems in the people's lives goes to confirm a lot in The Girl who married a Giraffe.
I recommend THE USUPER AND OTHER STORIES, GRACELAND, THE KALAHARI TYPING SCHOOL FOR MEN


The Girl Who Married a Lion: And Other Tales from Africa
The Girl Who Married a Lion: And Other Tales from Africa
by Alexander McCall Smith
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Mind opening, 20 Feb 2005
A beautiful book with storylines on Africa, The Girl Who Married a Lion is highly emotional and deep. With a clear depiction of African attachment to totems, the book provides an insight of Southern African cultures and traditions, of the close link of the people and the animals they became attached to, as well as their closeness to the environment. The people's perception and acceptance of life, death, love, happiness and sorrow are clearly depicted.
There is a lot to learn, enjoy and develop from this book. It easily brings to mind the works of Janvier Tisi's THE USURPER AND OTHER STORIES. In the story I AM HATED, the strength of totems in the people's lives goes to confirm a lot in The Girl who married a Giraffe.
I recommend THE USUPER AND OTHER STORIES, GRACELAND, THE KALAHARI TYPING SCHOOL FOR MEN


Tears Of The Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)
Tears Of The Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)
by Alexander McCall Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic story, 8 Feb 2005
A fast flowing story set, Tears of the Giraffe is one of the best books I have read. With good values expressed through characters that are lively, this book showed a beautiful side of Africa, where commitment is held sacred, where love is deep and hospitality is the norm. Fast paced and hilarious, this book hooked me all the more to the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

Also recommended: The Usurper and other stories, The Full Cupboard of Life,union moujik, Disgrace


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