Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Library Additions

Most of the books I have reported on (or received) lately, with the exception of one or two titles, do not fit the vision and mission of this blog, so that if I should review them in that order, people will begin to question my tagline Promoting African Literature. To keep true to my vision, whilst fulfilling my challenges and reading aspirations, I hit the bookshop to restock my depleting African titles.
  • Death and the King's Horseman by Wole Soyinka. This book is on my Top 100 Books Reading Challenge. It has also been read for Amy's Nigeria Independence Day Reading/Reviewing Challenge.
  • The Trouble with Nigeria by Chinua Achebe. This slim book of essays was purchased with Amy's Bloggers Alliance for Non-Fiction Devotees (BAND) in mind. I want to use this group/challenge to read a lot of non-fiction.
  • Madmen and Specialists by Wole Soyinka. This is another of the Nobel Laureate's play. 
  • Burning Grass by Cyprian Ekwensi. I have heard a lot about his Jaguar Nana. I hope this would be measure up as that was all I could find by him.
  • So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba. This would be my first reading of Senegalese author and so would fit two challenges: Africa Reading Challenge and the Top 100 Books Reading Challenge. This very book has be recommended by several bloggers who commented on my Africa Reading Challenge.
  • As the Crow Flies by Veronique Tadjo. I have skipped this book at various bookshops, though I have read and enjoyed her The Shadow of Imana, however reading Amy's Review meant I give this book try. It would also count as a Translation literature.
  • I write what I like by Steve Biko. These are political essays by the late Steve Biko, an apartheid freedom fighter killed in the exercising of his duty during apartheid South Africa. Also for BAND.
  • The Imported Ghanaian by Alba Kunadu Sumprim. I bought her second book A Place of Beautiful Nonsense but decided to get this and read before the second book. It is a satirical non-fiction of certain observations about Ghana. Also for BAND.


  1. All excellent books. And LOL, none of us will start to question your committment to African literature which continues to delight and exceed all our expectations! And you continue to read more African women writers! Thank you.

  2. @Kinna, the funny thing is, since I started this review most of the books I've received for free are non-African authored books. lol.

    Yes, I'm trying hard to stick to my vision. Woomen writing? Yes... I'm not deviating.

  3. a great selection of African fiction I must read more soyinka my self ,look forward to your reviews all the best stu

  4. @Stu, with your commitment towards international reading I know you'll come around to reading some Soyinka along the way.

  5. Lots of great books to fit the theme here! I am hoping that you enjoy them and am also looking forward to reading your thoughts on them!

  6. I really liked So Long a Letter, looking forward to reading what you think about it!

  7. Looks like you found plenty of books to fit your theme, though if you stray sometimes, that's okay. :)

  8. @Emily, So Long a Letter is on my reading challenge and I'd love to read it.

  9. @Anna, thanks for understanding. I know I'm going to stray big time, soon.

  10. What a great list of ideas. I will have to remember a few of these titles for the future...


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