Sunday, October 02, 2011

September in Review, Projections for October

September wasn't a bad month for reading, though I encountered several hitches and have not read a word in three days. I set out to read four books and four single stories (Caine Prize Shortlist). Books projected to be read included: The Shadow Catcher, The Book of Not, A Grain of Wheat, and Excursions in My Mind. Some of the projected books were read others were not:
  • The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. I began this book in late September. This is the third in the Robert Langdon's series. It follows Robert Langdon as he fights his way to save his friend Peter Solomon whilst protecting the Mason's pyramid from destruction by Mal'akh. Similar to the others, this book is full of codes and cliffhangers.
  • A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong'o. This colonial literature traces events that occurred a few days to Kenya's independence day. It also predicts the disaffection that would later befall the real freedom fighters. Read for the Top 100 Books Reading Challenge.
  • Excursions in My Mind by Nana Awere Damoah. This is a motivational and inspirational book with local and personal examples. This book was read for BAND.
  • Death and the King's Horseman by Wole Soyinka. This is a play that tells of a true event. It tells of the repercussions that occurred after a colonial District Officer intervenes in a ritual suicide. This book was also read to celebrate Nigeria's independence day book reading/reviewing organised by Amy and also for the Top 100 Books Reading Challenge.
The following Caine Prize short stories were read:
Currently, I am reading The Book of Not by Tsitsi Dangarembga. I didn't read The Shadow Catcher. Within the month, I also reviewed a book and a short story read in the previous month:
So far, I've not selected the books I'd be reading; however, for the non-African authored book, the choice will be between The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee. Towards the end of the month, I will concentrate on Ghanaian-authored books for the Ghana Literature Week to be organised by Kinna of Kinna Reads proposed to take place from November 14 - 21 2011.

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  1. There's a great list of writers here, who my knowledge of is scant - non existent, so this is an area I need to work on, as the books by 2 Ghanaian writer that I read recently I thoroughly enjoyed - half blood blues & tail of the blue bird although I don't believe either reside their now, thanks for the post, It's giving me places to look.

  2. you're right Parish. None lives in the country. In fact, Esi Edugyan is listed as Canadian. The problem is widespread in Africa. Most writers from the continent don't live on the continent. Only a few come and go. Most are permanent residents.

    For what I do here i don't discriminate.

  3. It's so nice that going three days without reading is a comment-worthy feature for us bookish types!

  4. Nice reading. You know, i read "How shall we kill the bishop". An enigma for sure. I will do a writeup soon.

  5. @Kinna, That story is difficult to pin down. Followed it up to a point and got lost.


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