I chose to read the book for the sake of diversity. But I honestly can't say that I enjoyed it very much. I am hesitant to give it a star review because I'm still viewing the story, the language from an American point of view. It just wouldn't be
..." fair. Continua...Nascondi
Finalmente! Ecco una storia sull'Africa raccontata da un africano. Mi è piaciuto tantissimo questo racconto di un famoso guerriero, pieno di orgoglio e di paure, che si arriva quasi a comprendere, nonostante i suoi atti violenti. La scrittura è
..." semplice e secca, con frasi corte come i tocchi di tamburo. È un mondo reale ma popolato da spiriti, con le sue gioie e i suoi orrori, nel quale un giorno, attraverso una fessura, si infiltra l'uomo bianco... Voto: 9Continua...Nascondi
I enjoyed this book much more than I was expecting too. I'd wanted to read some books by African authors after we went to see the film Pumzi at the BL a few months back. I found this one in the library. It was MUCH more interesting than it sounded.
..." The back cover basically told the story of 4/5ths of the book in the summary paragraph (bad penguin). So instead of a book that looked just at the impact of colonisastion there was a lot of the village before the white people came. It was really interesting to read about the different culture and the people. I liked the religion and the magic, the approach to life. The guys who were just jerks and the intereactions between everyone. It was a harsh reality and there seemed to be quite a lot of child sacrifice. Despite being so short and covering so much time it gave an interesting glimpse at what life was like before and after the English came. Like the main character you were left wondering why there was not more protest. It seemed like colonisation happened when no one was looking or paying attention. Despite techinically having an MA in Asian and African history I feel like I know so little about Africa and should really change that.Continua...Nascondi
Journey into the wild outback in the late 1800s in Africa, this is the tale of custom, tradition, matrimony, human behavior and spirituality.
Set within the confines of a small tribe and their usual yearly customs of farming yams and drinking palm
..."nking palm wine, the village is progressive community. Quarells sprout here and there but the people are able to handle it.
But suddenly, a terrible drought hits the small village like a hurricane leaving feilds barren and people starving, and the same time strange pale beings wander into the land coming from the Forbidden forest. These strangers bring animals, symbols, books and other strange customs alien to the African nomadic tribe. The sudden drought and this beings strange presence wasn't a coincidence, they bring demons to harm them.
The story line is well put together, language poetic and flowing, the characters bright and entertaining.-JuanCarlettoContinua...Nascondi