review THE HOUSE GUN


During her long life the South African writer Nadine Gordimer has written many books, never shying away from her contemporary history in her divided country. She touched upon many relevant issues, and at the same time she never lost sight of ordinary people. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for her writing. This … Continue reading review THE HOUSE GUN

review DER WILLE MEINES VATERS GESCHEHE


A young woman. One of many young women in the West African country Cameroon. A young woman torn between her background, her tradition, the authority of her father and her own wishes. When Mireille is 20 years young she finds out that she is pregnant. She is a good student at school at Douala and … Continue reading review DER WILLE MEINES VATERS GESCHEHE

review THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR


One of the main characters in this novel is an architect in South Africa. Is it sheer coincidence that the writer of this novel, Yewande Omotoso, is an architect herself?At times writers tell the world that the content of their work is pure fiction, but is this always the case? Why choose a profession with … Continue reading review THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR

review SPOOR


This is not the first book by South Africa writer Deon Meyer that I have read. Each book is a story filled with complexities in the set up of the developments. You have to be a careful reader and at best you should read the book in one go. For in the way you will … Continue reading review SPOOR

review BURY THE CHAINS


This book is a long read but very worthwhile and very readable. The American writer Adam Hochschild has touched the African continent before when he wrote about the endeavours of the Belgian King Leopold II who treated a large portion of Africa as his personal backyard with gruelling results. In 2005 he published his study … Continue reading review BURY THE CHAINS

review THE FIRST BOER WAR


Recently I read a few books concerning the two (Anglo-)Boer Wars in South Africa. Some were written from a British perspective, another by a Dutch historian, a book on Paul Kruger was written by a German author. This current book has been written by an academic from the United States of America. Joseph Lehmann was … Continue reading review THE FIRST BOER WAR