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on 6 December 2010
Like Aernout Zevenbergen I am a writer and researcher on the subject of masculinity....but where he is free to wander I am not. 'Spots of a Leopard' arrived today, bringing Africa to my doorstep. I have just spent one cold, dark Irish evening reading it. In my experience it speaks of what it is to be any man, anywhere. And it speaks most especially of Africa, and of the lost soul of its manhood. It transports the reader to this other continent, steeping one first in its sounds and scents, then evoking outrage at the horrors of what can be done in the name of the masculine. But the greatest impression that it leaves is one of profound sadness for the vast gap that exists between what a man could be and the reality of the many...the ache in the soul for the dignity and greatness of being that is the birthright of any human being, anywhere, attained only when the searcher ceases to wander and can face the destination of the self.