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5.0 out of 5 stars A biker in love with Africa
I enjoyed this book even more than Alan's earlier 'African Brew Ha Ha".
If you are after a book on bitchin biker stuff this is not for you. A locally acquired Chinese Royal RYGY 150cc is anyway hardly the stuff of biker dreams.
It is thoughtful, contemplative and gentle, rich with the humour of the chance encounter with strange Ghaniaian characters and tinged at...
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2.0 out of 5 stars stranger in a strange land
Needs an editors hand, I read it to gain a grip on the culture, didnt. It reads more like a stranger in a strange land story with some travel guide facts pasted in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A biker in love with Africa, 29 Oct 2012
This review is from: The Black Stars of Ghana (Paperback)
I enjoyed this book even more than Alan's earlier 'African Brew Ha Ha".
If you are after a book on bitchin biker stuff this is not for you. A locally acquired Chinese Royal RYGY 150cc is anyway hardly the stuff of biker dreams.
It is thoughtful, contemplative and gentle, rich with the humour of the chance encounter with strange Ghaniaian characters and tinged at other times with sadness.
Another interesting adventure by a man seemingly oblivious to the risk of the unknown. I do not know that many would venture in a strange country with no western trappings
except a small camera and a blind faith of finding good in strangers and in the reliability of a talking Chinese clone bike- "wehcorm to woyoh motorcycoo"
Read and enjoy. I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Take No Time, 16 May 2014
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lilysmum "lilysmum65" (uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Black Stars of Ghana (Paperback)
This book was a great read, very entertaining and easy to read, and I read it in one sitting.
At the end of the book, Alan Whelan says, "I came to Ghana to disprove the suggestion that giving African colonies independence in the 1950s would be like giving a child a latch-key, a bank account and a shot gun." "But now," he says, "the country has plenty to teach the West: its ingenuity, perseverance and the ability to keep in plain sight the important aspects of life." Whelan travels across Ghana by motorbike, stopping off to watch the World Cup Football matches that Ghana plays in 2010.
This book is all about giving the general reader snapshots of life in Ghana today, and what to expect if you travel there. It's a feel good book that makes you want to go to Ghana and it makes you understand why Whelan wanted to sell a lot of his possessions when he returned - the things you don't need as you travel through life. The people of Ghana are presented as full of hope, humour, and hospitality. Whelan admires them for the way they naturally come to each others' help, and tries to emulate that - for example, by allowing a man whose motorbike has broken down to catch hold of his arm and be towed along (up hill and down hill) to the next town!
I really liked the inscrutable names of taxis and shops: The It Take No Time vehicle repair shop, the Be A Man bar, the Don't Mind Your Wife bar, the Messiah hotel ("a glimpse of Heaven"), the Don't Go There taxi, and so on.
There's lots of humour in the book, the food is plentiful but sometimes surprising (when he asks for chicken, he is given pork), and he visits some really interesting places, exploring the history of slavery and the Gold Coast as well as schools, homes, and all sorts of boarding houses and hotels.
This book reminded me in some ways of Tim Butcher's Blood River, which I also enjoyed, but this is a lighter read. It has less political background in it, so if you were keenly interested in the history of Ghana, you might want to find another book, but if you want an idea of what travel to Ghana is like for the everyday tourist, or you are planning a trip there, I think this book would be a perfect read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars stranger in a strange land, 20 Feb 2014
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John Heal (Southport, Lancs United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Needs an editors hand, I read it to gain a grip on the culture, didnt. It reads more like a stranger in a strange land story with some travel guide facts pasted in.
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