DIAMANT


“Diamonds are a girls best friend.” This is a saying that has gone worldwide. This book is about diamonds, but most of the characters in this book are men. The writer Jef Geeraerts (1930 – 2015) was a Belgium writer, who worked for some years, during the fifties, as a colonial servant in the former … Continue reading DIAMANT

THE YEAR OF THE GORILLA


Last Tuesday I drew your attention to the book ‘Life with Daktari, written by Susanne Hart. In this book she talks about people she met during her time in Kenya where she worked as a vet, specialized in wildlife. One of these people was George Schaller, reading this name, I thought: I have come across … Continue reading THE YEAR OF THE GORILLA

Don’t vilify Conrad


The book is controversial or it has been made controversial by readers and critics.  The Heart of Darkness, is it about the African darkness. The darkness of the immense forests of the former Belgian colony Congo? Or is it the darkness of the Congolese soul, to which Joseph Conrad travelled?  Or is it the darkness … Continue reading Don’t vilify Conrad

L’ECART


It took some time before I got into this book by the writer Mudimbe (1941). He studied in Belgium (a Ph.D.) and France. He moved to the United States of America in 1979 (the year of publication of this book), where he pursued an academic career.   First, there is an introduction to this book. … Continue reading L’ECART

TOM-TOMS IN THE NIGHT / BLACK MIST


These are the days that a tomtom is a navigationsystem in your car. In the olden days a tomtom was a kind of drum. The times have changed. Indeed the times have changed since Attilio Gatti wrote his books, based on his extensive travels in Africa. Gatti (1896 – 1969) hailed from Italy and he … Continue reading TOM-TOMS IN THE NIGHT / BLACK MIST

MOURIR POUR LES ÉLEPHANTS


This book is a monument for all those died during their time in service for national parks in Congo and Rwanda. The writer (1926 – 2014) was a biologist who worked for the colonial government in Congo and later for the government of independent Zaire. For twenty years (1948 – 1968) he served as a … Continue reading MOURIR POUR LES ÉLEPHANTS