Friday, November 04, 2011

October in Review, Projections for November

This review has delayed. October was a good reading month though I couldn't settle on the books when I made my projections; however, I couldn't read one of the two books I decided to read, To Kill a Mockingbird. The following books were read:
  • The Book of Not by Tsitsi Dangarembga. I started this book in September but the chunk of it was read in October. It is a sequel to her earlier novel Nervous Conditions. In this book, we see how hopes were dashed and aspirations squashed. We see how a nation's struggle towards independence destroyed another.
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. This book was read for my Top 100 Books Reading Challenge, a challenge which I'm far behind and which I'll be putting in much effort in the month of December all through to 2012. The story is about Holden Caufield and his teenage angst. Whether he is right to think so or he is suffering from teenage delusion, one thing is clear: he made statements that are true. The older we get the more sycophant we become with the fear of not interfering into people's affairs or leaving things up to them to solve themselves. Caufield hated people who aren't true to themselves and discovered that the world is full of them.
  • The Trouble with Nigeria by Chinua Achebe. I try to read at least one non-fiction book a day. This short book is a collection of articles/essays describing the root cause of the problem Nigerian is facing. According to the author poor leadership and misplaced/displaced values are the major causes of Nigeria's problem. This book was read for BAND.
  • Tail of the Blue Bird by Nii Ayikwei Parkes. This book was read for the Ghana Literature Week to be organised by Kinna from November 14 -20, 2011. I am therefore not going to say anything on this.
On the Caine Prize 2011 Shortlist, I read:
From November 14 - 20, 2011, Kinna is organising the 2nd Ghana Literature Week. Thus most of my reading in this month will centre on Ghanaian authors. Currently, I am reading The Other Crucifix by Benjamin Kwakye. I plan to read Kunadu Sumprim's The Imported Ghanaian and her second book A Place of Beautiful Nonsense. However, I will still be reading a non-African authored book and a non-fiction. For the non-African authored book, the plan is to read To Kill a Mockingbird and for the non-fiction, I plan reading Kofi Akpabli's Tickling the Ghanaian.

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7 comments:

  1. I am hoping to read The Other Crucifix this month as well! Seems you had a great October, really fun sounding books that you read. All the best in November.

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  2. will wait to hear your opinion on Tail of the Blue Bird by Nii Ayikwei Parkes,as I thoroughly enjoyed it & will be interested to see if you did.

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  3. Hi Nana,

    You're in for a treat with Harper Lee (though you probably didn't need me to state the obvious!) It's one of those rare classic U.S. novels in which the film made out of it compliments it quite well.

    Good luck in your new job and reading this month!

    Brent

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  4. @PL, I'll. To begin with, it was an interesting story... says a lot in a few words

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  5. @EnriqueFreeque, thanks for the heads up. That's what I've read. Hope I enjoy it as much as others have read.

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  6. I'll wait to hear more about how Ghana Literature week goes. [You do very well keeping us informed].

    Nice! You had a good month.

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