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The House at Sugar Beach
3.86
did not like it
I'd like to excuse Cooper's failure to grapple meaningfully with the themes that should be all over a book about a girl growing up in pre-war Liberia ...more
not set
Nov 16, 2008
 
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa
4.13
it was ok
Godwin tries too hard to tacitly excuse himself and other whites who stayed on in Zimbabwe after majority rule. He glosses over fighting on the wrong ...more
Jan 18, 2009
Nov 16, 2008
 
Born Wild: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Passion for Lions and for Africa
4.05
really liked it
I should write, straight-up, that I've met and drank beers with Tony and that I watched Born Free again and again before moving to Kenya at a tender a ...more
not set
Jan 13, 2011
 
Confessions of a Transformed Heart
4.25
really liked it
I don't give four stars to African memoirs easily, but the clarity, honesty and faith of Sheppard's writing makes it unique--the title's Augustinian r ...more
not set
Mar 17, 2011
 
The Palm-Wine Drinkard
3.86
it was amazing
Tutuola's premise is simple: the narrator must go and find the man who is responsible for bringing him his daily wine and no, it doesn't matter that h ...more
not set
Sep 16, 2008
 
Tea on the Blue Sofa: Whispers of Love and Longing from Africa
3.42
it was ok
Sad, roaming and vague, I was impressed with Illum Berg's prose and her willingness to wander through a narrative without much care for form or conten ...more
not set
Jan 13, 2011
 
Chasing the Devil: The Search for Africa's Fighting Spirit
4.08
it was ok
As I heard from my friend, Butcher's first book (Blood River, about the Congo) involved him taking UN transport, talking tough, and comparing himself ...more
not set
Jan 13, 2011
 
Purple Hibiscus
4.12
it was ok
This debut novel was the kind of thing I'd assign to a freshman high school lit class--superficial and predictable, but not badly written and with a r ...more
not set
Jan 18, 2010
 
Desert Flower
4.09
really liked it
Dirie's account of growing up in the desert of Somalia, moving as a child to London to work as a housemaid for her aunt, and making it on her own as a ...more
not set
Jan 13, 2011
 
Desert Dawn
3.82
liked it
The next installment of Dirie's memoirs--before her next book, which is dry to the point of unreadable and focuses only on FGM--follows her as she ret ...more
not set
Jan 13, 2011
 
Allah is Not Obliged
3.66
it was ok
The voice of "Allah is Not Obliged" flaunts the promise of an iconoclastic, irreverent narrator and instead devolves into Sierra Leone and Liberian hi ...more
not set
Feb 09, 2011
 
Emergency Sex (And Other Desperate Measures): True Stories from a War Zone
4.03
liked it
I'm pretty sure all three of Emergency Sex's authors had to resign from the UN before they published this memoir, which delves into how the UN failed ...more
not set
Oct 12, 2009
 
The Dark Child
3.63
liked it
This was the best coming-of-age African novel I've read so far. Laye's narrative is richly detailed without being voyeuristic (well, mostly) and cover ...more
not set
May 29, 2010
 
Africa Doesn't Matter: How the West Has Failed the Poorest Continent and What We Can Do about It
3.91
really liked it
Despite the intrinsically conservative slant of the author, this is the best book about the the macroeconomics of international aid and global trade t ...more
not set
Jun 11, 2009
 
I Didn't Do It for You: How the World Betrayed a Small African Nation
4.08
it was amazing
This is one of the best-written works of non-fiction I've ever read and definitely the best book I've so far encountered about Africa. Wrong's eye for ...more
Sep 24, 2009
Sep 08, 2009
 
The Worst Date Ever: War Crimes, Hollywood Heart-Throbs and Other Abominations
3.89
it was amazing
This is one of the best bloody books I've read about Africa, and I've read a lot. Like Kapuscinski meets Sweet Valley High. I want to be friends with ...more
not set
Oct 22, 2010
 
Lois Rides Again: Across Africa The Tricky, Sticky Way
4.32
liked it
Although Pryce is a bit too self-deprecating and chatty for me, her narrative about crossing Africa alone on her motorbike was a fun and entertaining ...more
not set
Jan 13, 2011
 
Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa
4.21
really liked it
I was surprised by the searching, honest tone of 'Crocodile in the Sun', Godwin's more adult memoir about being white and progressive in a decomposing ...more
not set
Sep 24, 2009
 
The Darling
3.77
did not like it
From the totally-off pidgin to the sparse cultural and topographical details about Liberia, I'd bet that Banks has never been there, and certainly did ...more
Jan 10, 2012
Mar 17, 2011
 
The Lost Kingdoms Of Africa: Through Muslim Africa by Truck, Bus, Boat and Camel
3.49
did not like it
This book was crap. I'm sorry to say so, because I'll quite probably run into the author at the bar I run and have to explain myself. But seriously, T ...more
not set
Jan 18, 2010
 
Tick Bite Fever
3.65
it was ok
I can only read so many books about children growing up in Africa, and this wasn't one of the good ones. Writing from the perspective of a child, as a ...more
not set
Jan 13, 2011
 
The Weekenders: Travels in the Heart of Africa
3.27
it was ok
What do you get when you invite a handful of Britain's best young writers on a press trip to Southern Sudan? Short stories that attempt to grapple ste ...more
not set
Oct 03, 2008
 
Facing the Congo: A Modern-Day Journey into the Heart of Darkness
3.75
did not like it
Oh my God, you almost have to read this book because it is so delightfully terrible. A supposedly well-traveled American has the Romantic idea to padd ...more
not set
Aug 29, 2007
 
Black Sunlight
4.07
it was amazing
This book is bloody fantastic, with an edginess to the narrative that makes it raw, titillating and impossible to put down. Sometimes, though, it veer ...more
not set
Nov 25, 2008
 
The journey is the destination : the journals of Dan Eldon
4.22
it was amazing
None
not set
Aug 28, 2007
 
You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town
3.57
really liked it
None
not set
Aug 28, 2007
 
The Mask of Anarchy: The Destruction of Liberia and the Religious Dimension of an African Civil War
3.98
liked it
None
Dec 2009
Oct 12, 2009
 
Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town
3.95
did not like it
None
not set
Aug 28, 2007
 
Abyssinian Chronicles
3.54
really liked it
None
Sep 08, 2009
Sep 14, 2008
 
The Shadow of the Sun
4.37
really liked it
None
not set
Sep 07, 2007
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