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Africa's Unfinished Symphony by Lucia Mann
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it was amazing

A drama that continues

Journalist/Author Lucia Mann has penned a book that should be required reading for every member of the human family. She knows the territory and the history about which she writes, having been born in British Colonial South Africa, and it is this aspect of her story, the veracity of her own observations, that makes this such a searing indictment of the persistent suffering that continues to scar the lives of the people of South Africa and surrounding countries.

The manner in which she relates this intricate history of pre-Mandela and post-Mandela is made all the more pungent by introducing characters whose lives are extraordinary - a old, simple Down's syndrome naked woman lying over the sacred burying grounds of her people while her national brothers have been instructed to excavate the area, the young girl who undergoes clitoral excision as an old custom (that still exists) when she reaches puberty and then observes the burning of her village and destruction of her family and is taken in by a convent where she is forced to become Catholic instead of her native natural religion...the stories of these two and of many others literally explode off the page.

But what makes this book so intensely dramatic is the innate beauty of the souls of these people - the work helped by the changes of recent past, and the desperate need to `complete the African symphony. Lucia Mann may just be in line for a peace prize for this novel. It pleads the reader to bolt into action - and understand the continuing conundrum that is Africa. Highly recommended.

Grady Harp
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September 7, 2013 – Shelved

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