Hey my loves,
So since I begin school again, I haven’t had much time to read as much as I used to. But I do read, just at a slower pace. Which is fine for me. Earlier this year I was on a quest to read more literature form diverse sources. In the last few books, I have been more exposed to a variety of authors and story themes that I can’t wait to share!
A GENERAL THEORY OF OBLIVION-JOSE EDUARDO AGALUSA
This amazing book set in Luanda follows the life of a named Ludo. She has lived her life boxed off from the world in solitude. She relies on a dog for company until he passes and she is alone. Her only contact with the outside world is through the news she hears on the radio.
Through the story we are taken between her past and present and given bits of her life. Then the entrance of Sabalu, a boy who has also come from desperate circumstances. Between them a rapport forms and so does a friendship
it was a bit slow in the beginning for me. Probably because I didn’t know that it was based on a screenplay! So after the book made sense.
I am ready to read this book again with an open mind! This book was also translated from Portuguese.
NERVOUS CONDITIONS-TSITSI DANGAREMBGA
I was long overdue to read this book. I have heard so many wonderful things about this book and I see why now.
After the death of her brother Nhamo, an opportunity presents itself fro Tambu who is narrating the book to share her experience through education in. Her Uncle Babamkuru who is also widely mentioned through the book is her uncle and her teacher who facilitates for Tambu to go to school and receive an education.
Some of the themes this book highlights are those of gender inequality which is seen through Tambu being able to go to school and the work of her mother. The influence of colonialism in Africa is also another theme. Through colonialism, missionaries were able to build schools, such as the one Tambu goes to, and they are of higher standard and were very desired. Children who went there were thought to be accomplished.
SAY YOU’RE ONE OF THEM-UWEM AKPAN
A collection of stories from the continent that actually moved me to tears. The book featured stories showing the resilience of African children through a variety of conflicts across the continent. This book moved me to tears in so many ways. I actually enjoyed it and felt a pang of guilt.
The book is a beautiful collection of three short stories and two novellas set in varying countries in Africa, all told through the narration of vulnerable children during moments of extreme upheaval in their lives. One of my favourite stories was my Parents bedroom that follows the life of young Rwandan girl living through the time of the genocide. In the short story we see the young girl struggle with the realities of the genocide, she is abused and she hears a lot of voices in the ceiling of people who her parents have saved. The story ends with their house being set on fire and she realises the people they were hiding have died.
This book was an amazing collection and a guide to some o f the best works in Africa. I found myself reeling from each story, and being filled with joy when i started a new story and the author was one whose work I have encountered and read before. It was also more amazing to find authors who I did not know from across the continent and who write so well.
The Africa39 project was a celebration and appreciation of the growth of African literature. The project was a collaboration between the Hay Festival and Rainbow book project and was open to writers from all across the continent. The 39 Project consists of the selection of 39 writers under the age of 40 who have the potential and the talent to define the trends that will mark the future development of literature in a certain language or region. Some popular authors whose work was featured are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria), Clifton Gachagua (Kenya),Dinaw Mengestu (Ethiopia–USA) and others.
THE MAESTRO, THE MAGISTRATE, THE MATHEMATICIAN-TENDAI HUCHU.
This brilliant work by Tendai Huchu highlights the struggle of three Zimbabweans trying to make a life for themselves outside their country. Will have a full review on this soon.
Sending you love.