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Sometimes, you read a great poem and it doesn't cling to your senses like you want it to. Then you read someone's review of the poem and Poe, and finally, the review becomes the glue that makes the poem stick. Such was the charm of Edmund C. ...more
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This novel was a mini time travel machine. It took me on an intriguing journey through some of New York's 19th century societies. You get to explore Freud's psychoanalytic theories through Dr. Stratham Younger as he joins Detective Jimmy Littlemore ...more
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Tolstoy is a master of detail in writing. I found his obsession with detail sometimes overwhelming and unnecessary, but overall, War and Peace is a masterpiece.
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Chinua Achebe
“Once you allow yourself to identify with the people in a story, then you might begin to see yourself in that story even if on the surface it's far removed from your situation. This is what I try to tell my students: this is one great thing that literature can do - it can make us identify with situations and people far away.”
Chinua Achebe

Ama Ata Aidoo
“Love? Love? Love is not safe, my lady silk, love is dangerous. It is deceitfully sweet like wine from a fresh palm tree at dawn. Love is fine for singing about and love songs are good to listen to, sometimes even to dance to. But when we need to count on human strength, and when we have to count pennies for food for our stomachs and clothes for our backs, love is nothing. Ah my lady, the last man any woman should think of marrying is the man she loves.”
Ama Ata Aidoo, Changes: A Love Story

Chinua Achebe
“Four years in England had filled Obi with a longing to be back in Umuofia. This feeling was sometimes so strong that he found himself feeling ashamed of studying English for his degree. He spoke Ibo whenever he had the least opportunity of doing so. Nothing gave him greater pleasure than to find another Ibo-speaking student in a London bus. But when he had to speak in English with a Nigerian student from another tribe he lowered his voice. It was humiliating to have to speak to one's countryman in a foreign language, especially in the presence of the proud owners of that language. They would naturally assume that one had no language of one's own. He wished they were here today to see. Let them come to Umuofia now and listen to the talk of men who made a great art of conversation. Let them come and see men and women and children who knew how to live, whose joy of life had not yet been killed by those who claimed to teach other nations how to live.”
Chinua Achebe, No Longer at Ease

John Ralston Saul
“Like other ideologies, that of free trade contains unspoken contempt for the individual citizen. It is a despairing response to the complexities of the real world and the politics of despair always replace choice with inevitability. Indeed despair is the natural tone of economists when they are selling their theories of salvation.”
John Ralston Saul, The Doubter's Companion: A Dictionary of Aggressive Common Sense

Ama Ata Aidoo
“My lady Silk, remember that a man always gains in stature any way he chooses to associate with a woman - including adultery...but in her association with a man, a woman is always in danger of being diminished.”
Ama Ata Aidoo, Changes: A Love Story

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