A Woman of Africa: If You Run from Both the Sun and the Moon You Must One Day Confront Your Shadow Paperback – 1 Mar 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
There are several things you need to know about this book.
Firstly, do NOT skip the prologue - this is an essential part of the book.
Secondly, the 'product description' on Amazon really does not do this book any favours. Since I was recommended the book, I only read this description afterwards - and I don't think it even begins to define the book.
This book has a feel of honesty about it - which makes it captivating. But when you read it you do not feel the drudgery and difficulties of African life, you remember that life is about living and getting up every morning and getting on with it - whatever 'it' may be.
I was surprised how much I laughed reading this, there are lines scattered throughout the book which just make you smile.
So please do not see this book as an 'education' about the life of African women - this book is entertaining and enlightening, touched with the traumas of real life. And in this case it is the life of a woman who is fun and colourful. Yes - she is African, Yes - her life was not always easy; but she should be defined by her spirit and huge personality, which you get to know so well in this book.
I quickly grew to love the main character. It is like she spoke out loud directly from the pages, waiting for me to interrupt and challenge her story - she always already had a come back, a jibe or the answer to my question.
She narrates a harsh brutality of African life with comical acceptance and an overwhelming sense of inevitability for what happens to her. This doesn't make her a push over however, far from it. This is a strong woman who has a lot to teach us all.
Living in Africa I have seen the stories told in the book etched on the womens' faces. I must thank the author for describing it and giving us (the non-Africans) a glimpse of what is behind the expression. But more than that, regardless of colour or nationality, this is a book about women. An absolutely obligatory read!
Thanks Noor - when's the next book due?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Earthy and emotional, from the slums to your heart, can't believe a man wrote it. So insightful make one grateful for ones own life.Published on 2 Jan. 2014 by pothelfield
Really enjoyed this lovely easy to read book. Having lived and worked in Nigeria (and Uganda) it is very accurate and so very true. Loved it.Published on 9 Aug. 2013 by Laynee
I read this book in one day, it ended up being a very late night for me!! I just could not put the book down! Read morePublished on 8 May 2011 by Michelle
A Woman of Africa - I loved it !!! The literary equivalent of the perfect wave - picks you up, allows you on her journey with no apologies for her origins or destination and leaves... Read morePublished on 11 April 2011 by Jane Leese