Something to get one’s teeth into

September 24, 2014

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Even if the old woman has no teeth, her tiger nuts remain in her own bag. Ghanaian Proverb I have absolutely no idea what this proverb means but it makes me chuckle so I‘ve decided to use it. You will notice that I’ve skipped Georgia on the way to Ghana. This is because finding a […]

Losing it!

August 25, 2014

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If a donkey kicks you and you kick back, you are both donkeys. Gambian proverb I’ve chosen this proverb not because it illuminates anything about Dayo Forster’s Reading the Ceiling, but because it seems particularly apt in the current political climate. And there I will leave that thought except to say that I would alter […]

G – are we here already?

August 17, 2014

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Wood may remain ten years in the water but it will never become a crocodile. Gabon proverb Gabon is purportedly one of West Africa’s most stable countries, which may be why Daniel Mengara’s ‘Mema’ escapes the conspicuous violence of many other post-colonial novels. Instead of the usual narrative dose of brutality, concomitant with independence wars […]

Books long overdue

July 23, 2014

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You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. What mood is that? Last-minute panic.― Bill Watterson   I’m starting this blog not with a quotation from the countries I’ve read since my last blog, but with a quotation about procrastination since that is what I’ve been […]

Love, a good story

April 16, 2014

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Better to face lions than women – Eritrean proverb I cheated a bit with Eritrea. The book I chose is by an Eritrean, Sulaiman Addonia, but Addonia has spent most of his life outside Eritrea – his early life in a refugee camp in Sudan following the Om Hajer massacre (villagers were machine gunned in […]

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beyond a shadow

April 2, 2014

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If you dream of moving mountains tomorrow, you must start by lifting small stones today: Equatorial Guinea Proverb Have you ever picked up a cup of tea and taken a few sips only to realize that it’s coffee? Or started reading a book and read a fair few pages before realizing that the main character […]

A pitcher tells a thousand words

February 26, 2014

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Dip the pitcher into the water enough and it finally breaks – Salvadorian proverb Un Dia en la Vida is one of those books I had so hopefully imagined reading as I  started on this journey.  As the title suggests (English title – One Day of Life) it offers a snapshot of a particular time […]