Sunday, May 5, 2013

BW19: Out of Africa

Hey, it's May! Are you ready to gad about Africa?  I'm ready to sail across the south Atlantic ocean to Cape Town and wind my way up through the continent of Africa. It is the 2nd largest continent covering about 11.7 square million miles with 54 countries so lots of ground to cover.   Currently in my backpack is Chinua Achebe's, Things Fall Apart, Sena Jeter Naslund's Adam and Eve, and Chimamanda Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun.   Adichie has a wonderful speech, courtesy of Ted, talking about the Danger of a Single Story, which I've  mentioned before, but if you haven't listened to it yet, now's the time.  You'll definitely want to read one of her books, once you've heard her speak. 

If you click on the Out of Africa link up in the linkbar, you'll discover links to a variety of African authors.  Check out the list on Goodreads and Ivor Hartmann's list of must read African Authors.  And one of my new favorite sites, flavorwire, has a list of 10 Young African Writers You Should know.  Also check out Lost in Books - Take Away Saturday posts on fiction and non fiction selections from South Africa, Egypt, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

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  1. I seem to read more nonfiction about Africa then fiction. I've already read two this year and I believe I read three last year. A long time ago I read the book Out of Africa. I've been meaning to go back and reread it because I remember how much I loved Isaak Dinesen's beautiful writing.

  2. I have Things Fall Apart on hold at my library. It is always on reading lists, and my husband read it last year and liked it. I am still trying to get through my Invitation to the Classics List though! Just have to get through Herbert, Edwards, Johnson, Boswell, Keirkegaard, Nietzsche, and Faulkner first! (A bit of "light" reading! LOL!)

  3. I need to look into some of those books about Africa or by African authors. I have always had a fascination with Africa.


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