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Conversations With Myself Paperback – 6 May 2011
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`With a foreword by none other than Barack Obama, this serves to peer behind the curtain at the private life of Nelson Mandela, from his own ponderings in prison on Robben Island to transcripts of conversations with friends, doodles, diary entries and more. It paints a picture of a very down-to-earth person with regular worries, in contrast with Mandela's somewhat public saintly image, and the book is all the better for it.' --The Big Issue
'Unflinchingly candid ... a book that breaks the heart and then makes it sing.' (The Observer)
'Intensely moving, raw and unmediated, told in real time with all the changes in perspective that brings, over the years, mixing the prosaic with the momentous. Health concerns, dreams, political initiatives spill out together, to provide the fullest picture yet of Mandela.' (The Observer) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Yes they are Mr Mandela's words, but he DID NOT have anything to do with the book. When asked to help put the book together, he declined.
What we get is a collection of diary extracts, letters, conversations that is apparently based around themes, but in the most part are disjointed and some extracts used more than once. If the extracts were given in chronological order and proper footnotes given (not Nurse X was a nurse! - this is a footnote in the book)then it may help the reader follow it.
This is a useful resourse, where the index would be used to look at particular items, but as for reading it from front to back - it was hard work.
If you do not have a strong understanding about Mr Mandela's life, this is NOT the book to start with - read Long Walk to Freedom before attempting this book.
The Long Walk to Freedom in Mr Mandela's words was really a collective of the people he served time with all of their trials and tribulations. This book is more about him and his thoughts not as a collective.
Again an awesome read from a great person............
What is also clear from this volume is just how carefully controlled all of Mandela's public utterances are and I would suggest this book is no exception. Mandela place in history is secure, but reading this volume is not the place to discover why.
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It is good to be able to have first hand knowledge of this great man,.
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