review DE DOOD VAN MURAT IDRISSI


Two young Dutch women from Moroccan descent decide to travel from the Rotterdam area in The Netherlands to Morocco. They want to be modern indepent women, not hindered by their traditional families, not hindered by people who watch their every step. Ilham did train in Financial Services and works at a call centre. Thoraya, her … Continue reading review DE DOOD VAN MURAT IDRISSI

review LE SIÈCLE DES SAUTERELLES


A book of beauty. A stream of words, crafted by Malika. At times I drifted along with her stream of thoughts and words used. To me this book is a beautiful book. This story is set in the desert areas of Algeria, during the colonial days., when the French colonial power tried to rule this … Continue reading review LE SIÈCLE DES SAUTERELLES

review LIKE A MULE BRINGING ICE CREAM TO THE SUN


Jos. Oh, Jos. Beautiful city in the sun. A place with fond memories. The times I walked the tree lined lanes. Greeting left and right. Traditional dress. Modern dress. Local. International. The sound of many languages. These memories came back when the main character of this book, Morayo da Silva, remembers Jos where she spent … Continue reading review LIKE A MULE BRINGING ICE CREAM TO THE SUN

review AN INSTANT IN THE WIND


What kind of novel is this book by the late South African writer André Brink? Is it a historical novel? Is it a psychological novel? Is it a thriller? Is it a political statement? Is it ….? This beautiful novel can be read in many ways. You can peel off layer after layer. You may … Continue reading review AN INSTANT IN THE WIND

review AH, BUT YOUR LAND IS BEAUTIFUL


This is what visitors to South Africa said in the 1950’s : Ah, but your land is beautiful. The South African writer Alan Paton (1903 – 1988) wrote this sentence in his book several times. Yes, a beautiful land, but what about the politics and the rule of law and the mutual understandings? In the … Continue reading review AH, BUT YOUR LAND IS BEAUTIFUL

review PRAYING MANTIS


Should I have remembered the name ‘Cupido Kakkerlak’ or ‘Cupido Cockroach’? I now know I came across his name several times when I read a book written by Ido Enklaar on the Dutch scholar and missionary Johannes Theodorus van der Kemp (1747-1811). In The Netherlands he founded a missionary society and he himself, after having … Continue reading review PRAYING MANTIS