Standing at the Crossroads
Two people, two faiths, one hope, one destiny . . . .
A white woman and a black man, stranded in the desert in a land laid waste by an undeclared war. She is a campaigning academic and believes in justice, absolutely. He is a barefoot librarian and believes in books, just about. Hunted by The Warriors of God, they must take refuge in the mountains and learn to live with the...more
Allow me to begin the true explanation of my review by stating that I have friends in Africa and know what kind of struggle it is to live and work in that type of environment. I understand that angle of this book and I do not think the author did a bad job of describing it to his readers. However,...more
First and foremost, this book was superbly written, in such a way that I felt as though I was reading a freely flowing poem rather than an novel. The narrator, an African man known only as The Barefoot Librarian, tells us early on that people have often told him "that I speak too formally, my language dated like the writers to whom it has been modeled", which is an excellent segue into the following text, doted with...more
However, once I began reading I was immediately drawn to the main character. He is never given a name, instead asking that we call him Ishmael, in reference to his favorite book, Moby Dick....more
From the first chapter to the last is about 150 pages, packed with much imagery, much imagination and in a way I still don't completely understand for myself, much reality.
Our hero also the narrator, is known as The Barefoot Librarian is a black man who lives in Africa. (Most likely Sudan, but we don't really know). Kate is a white wom...more
I appreciated the work that went into this write.
Details that enclose you in with them and able to relate.
A place where we all find ourselves, at some time or another, just standing, at the Crossroads...
This selection was entirely engrossing from the very first page to the very last. A heartbreaking read based on the ongoing wars taking place in Africa and a story of survival for 3 unrelated characters struggling together. My eyes watered several times throughout this short novel. I was amazed by how well the author wrote from the perpective of an African man during a genocide war. I highly recommend this short read. V...more
After a dissolute time at university, it occurred to me that if I wanted to write, I'd better get on and write something (I’m sharp like that), so I sat down and, through my mid to late twenties, churned out a novel a year. I always found plenty of publishers and agents ready to read these outpourings, but since I never took the tro...more