Post Number: 462
|Posted on Monday, November 17, 2008 - 05:51 pm: |
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – a wonderful historical novel about the Biafran war. When folks used to try and get kids to eat by saying ‘children are starving in Biafra’ they weren’t kidding folks! I highly recommend this book from a historical point as well as just a good book period. The Jews aren’t the only ones that should “never forget”.
Then I picked up a book in the African Writers Series – The Translator by Sudanese born Leila Aboulela. A beautifully written love story. I think she did a great job in describing those little daydreams women have about their future when contemplating a hook-up. You know – like becoming great friends with the new man’s pre-teen daughter and both of you going on shopping trips and sharing secrets and her loving your little boy as her new baby brother. Yeah, right. But what I appreciated most was reading about the Arabic/Islamic viewpoint from a regular person’s perspective.
I enjoyed The Translator so much that I got Aboulela’s Minaret also and am reading it now. I also picked up Petals of Blood by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o. Between the African Writers Series and the Caribbean Writers Series I’ll keep my library card busy for a while.