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Songs to an African Sunset (Lonely Planet Journeys) Paperback – 1 Apr 1997

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Product details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications (1 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864424728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864424723
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.1 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,740,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this before I spent 4 years as a VSO volunteer in a rural boarding school in neighbouring Zambia. Lovely book that captures the spirit of the life in a rural village told by someone who can also provide a Western perspective but also the Zimbabwean perspective.
I bought it recently for my husband, a Zambian, so that he could read a book from someone who shares similar frustrations.
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Amazing read🙌🏾🙌🏾
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x989339fc) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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HASH(0x98933a50) out of 5 stars I liked this very much. Helpful in understanding issues. 18 July 1999
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I took someone's advice in reading this book. I liked it a lot; it was helpful in understanding the AIDS health issues in southern Africa, as well as cultural, and political situations. My teenaged daughter wrote an excellent school report and radio dramatization based partly on reading this book. I heartily recommend the book to anyone trying to understand more about the country of Zimbabwe and its struggles today.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x995d651c) out of 5 stars conflicting emotions 26 Jun. 2000
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I experienced many different emotions while reading this book. Oftentimes, I found humor where it wasn't expected--the author's 1000 brick punishment for the man who had stolen her bedspread, the feminist caricatures, as well as, the antics at the baby shower (who'da thunk it? ). Similarly, I was also discouraged where it wasn't expected--the medical student who wanted to marry the author's, likely HIV+, sister-in-law (discouraged because if he didn't understand/care about the risk he was taking, how could any of his other relatives?). Furthermore, I was also unpleasantly surprised at the author's depiction of rampant infidelity in the book.
Finally, I particularly enjoyed the stories about the author's mother. She appears to be a particularly savvy and strong woman. Specifically, I found the story of her first beer quite remarkable.
Overall, I've assumed this book to be, like "I, Rigoberta Menchu," auto-biographical in nature and non-fiction that's *based on* the truth of a people. Unfortunately, I don't know if that's a good assumption.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98af85e8) out of 5 stars african villages in modern times - what really happens 15 April 1999
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I found this book to be very very interesting! It's a great insight into how the Zimbabwean people manage to combine their traditional ways in the modern world - and the ensuing problems that arise.
This is one woman's story who returns to her birth country after living in western society. Her insights into the differences (and similarities) between Africa and the West are enlightening.
A fantastic read which combines reality and history!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98af89fc) out of 5 stars Songs to an African Sunset 18 April 2002
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The complex journey back to Sekai's roots in this autobiography, begins with her taking a trip back to Zimbabwe to visit her family. The book revolves mainly around the events that happen to her and around herin Zimbabwe. I think that the theme of the book is really re-discovering your roots, and finding your true heritage. I found this book to be very easy to relate to, as i am familiar with the land of Zimbabwe and some of the phrases and words used in the book. Many of these elements are the foundation of Sekai's complex story, which captures your attention instantly.
My only critisism about the book is that sometimes the author goes so deeply into a subject, that she gets slightly off track. I personally was drawn into the book by the authors use of catchy sentences and complex ideas that made me want to keep reading.
In conclusion, I'd recomend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story with a cultural and ethnic flare to it.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98af86d8) out of 5 stars Nzenza took me on a fantastic journey ! 21 May 1999
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This book gave me a front row seat in an African village. I could smell the food and hear the sounds of her homeland.
I enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it to everyone. I think that those who have visited that region will especially appreciate this book. The stories will immediately immerse you a into Zimbabwean way of life.
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