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This review is from: The Shadow of the Sun: My African Life (Paperback)
Please read this book.
If you have ever been to Africa, the hairs on the back of your neck will stand up. You'll recognise the places, people and situations as Kapuscinski's beautifully crafted accounts of his travels throughout the continent come alive in your memories.
If you've never been, this book will make you want to go. A seasoned African campaigner, Kapuscinski brings home the uniqueness that makes Africa not a place to fear and avoid, but one to explore and - as he is continually helping you to do throughout the book - understand.
Tracing a line from the triumphal emergence of African independence to its most recent and darkest turmoils, Kapuscinski combines a "Western" concept of time, geography and politics with an "African" view rarely conveyed in the news reports. In doing so, he also reminds the reader that "Africa" is too narrow a term to use to describe the myriad cultures, traditions and conditions which exist in this huge continent.