Archives by Tag 'Africa'

‘Dark Star Safari’ by Paul Theroux

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Thursday, February 17, 2011

When I started out at university, the people I met instantly divided themselves into two groups: those who started conversations with the immortal phrase, “On my gap year…”  and those who didn’t.  The gap year people had inevitably spent at a goodly proportion of this year out of education travelling in Africa/South America/Asia, had quite [...]

‘The Poisonwood Bible’ by Barbara Kingsolver

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Friday, January 14, 2011

I’ll be honest: I don’t know very much about Africa other than that it is quite hot.  Nor, for that matter, have I read many books set there other than those thrust upon me at university.  I don’t actively dislike Africa as a setting for literature, I just tend to gravitate more towards Victorian and [...]

Review: ‘Things Fall Apart’ by Chinua Achebe

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Monday, November 15, 2010

Title: Author: Chinua Achebe Published: Heinemann, 1986, pp. 152.  Originally published 1958 Genre: African fiction Blurb: The story is the tragedy of Okonkwo, an important man in the Igbo tribe in the days when white men were first appearing on the scene…  Mr Achebe’s very simple but excellent novel tells of the series of events [...]

Review: ‘Sophia Scrooby Preserved’ by Martha Bacon

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Thursday, September 16, 2010

Title: Sophia Scrooby Preserved Author: Martha Bacon Published: Puffin Books, 1971, pp. 220 Genre: Children’s historical fiction Blurb: ‘My little panther’, Nono’s father called her, but he didn’t get the chance to say it for long.  Her African village was destroyed and she first lived in the bush then was sold as a slave, given [...]

Review: ‘The Last Time They Met’ by Anita Shreve

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Title: The Last Time They Met Author: Anita Shreve Published: Abacus, 2001, pp. 360 Genre: Fiction Blurb: When Linda Fallon and Thomas Janes meet at a writers’ festival in Toronto, it is the first time they have seen each other for twenty-six years.  Theirs is a story bound by the irresistible pull of true passion [...]