BY THE BOOK: Jane Ngunjiri


Every parents can appreciate some help. In times past it was often the mother and the grandmother who gave sound advice to the fledging mother (and father). Or else an elder sister knew a few things through experience. These days things have changed to some degree. Parents can look to specialists, trained psychologists and educators … Continue reading BY THE BOOK: Jane Ngunjiri

review CAPE TOWN COOLIE


The London-born writer Réshard Gool (1931 – ?) describes  in this novel ‘Cape Town Coolie’ a vibrant community in Cape Town, at the southern most tip of South Africa. People from all different kinds of backgrounds and status in life and education mix freely and enjoy life and love.  The novel is set in the … Continue reading review CAPE TOWN COOLIE

review THE ROOT IS ONE


The South African writer Sipho Sepamla (1932 – 2007) was born in a township near Krugersdorp. In his novel ‘The root is one’ he writes about the township Johnstown near Bergersdorp. So the topic is not far from his own roots.  The local government of the white Bergersdorp has decided  to flatten Johnstown. This location … Continue reading review THE ROOT IS ONE

review L’ETRANGERE


This autobiographical book follows the first volume, that I reviewed last week. This first book ‘La prisonnière‘ Malika Oufkir recounts her life at the court of Moroccon king, where she entered after an adoption. After her father, general Oufkir, had been executed in the days after a coup in 1972. Oufkir’s wife Fatima and her … Continue reading review L’ETRANGERE

review LA PRISONNIERE


In this book Malika Oufkir tells the story of her life. She was born in 1953 in the kingdom of Morocco during the reign of king Mohammed V. She was born into a well-to-do family. Her mother Fatima Chenna came from a rich background. Her father was a soldier who had served abroad, serving the … Continue reading review LA PRISONNIERE

Jetzt hilft nur noch Mauritius


The French writer Jean-Marie Le Clézio has made an impact on the world of literature. Already at a young age he gained the Nobel Prize for Literature. He recently turned 80 and this picture was taken when he was at an earlier age. He published a new book, set in the island of Mauritius where … Continue reading Jetzt hilft nur noch Mauritius