Finally, I have been able to add some books to my library. Over the past two or three days I have made purchases of some books to help me with the Africa Reading Challenge - in the coming weekend I would to show my progress with this challenge. The following are the books:
- Tropical Fish: Tales from Entebee by Doreen Baingana (Uganda): I haven't as yet read any book by a Ugandan writer so I chose to add this book to my collection. Also this book has been read and reviewed by Geosi of Geosi Reads and Kinna of Kinna Reads. This is a collection of short stories and the title story won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book in the Africa region.
- Underground People by Lewis Nkosi (South Africa): Louis Henry Gates (Jnr) says the author (and this book) is worth listening to. Besides, my reading of South African authors (excepting the dual nationalist Bessie Head, whose work I have not yet reviewed) does not include an author of colour. Lewis Nkosi is the beginning of the balance I intend to have in my readings.
- The Book of Chameleons by Jose Eduardo Agualusa (Angola): Kinna recommended this author and I was with her when she purchased her copy. It promises to be an interesting novel, having won many awards. It is also steeped in Latin American magic realism.
- Maru by Bessie Head (South Africa/Botswana): After reading her letters and essays in A Woman Alone I think the stage is now set for her novels. I have wanted to read A Question of Power but had to settle for this. Most of her novels are set in Serowe, Botswana.
- Mema by Daniel Mengara (Gabon): I bought this book mainly for the Africa Reading Challenge, having not heard of the author or the book.
- The Gods are Not to Blame by Ola Rotimi (Nigeria): I enjoyed his play Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again and decided to read this again. In secondary school this was a reading requirement for the Literature students and so I head snippets of the story.