Hi! I'm Lynn and this is a forum to share my interpretations of books, music, or to comment on life in general. I hope those who visit will leave comments to create a true discussion. Rather than summarize books, I provide my personal reactions to what I've read: how it connects to my life and/or me personally. Having been indisposed in 2017, I am trying to get back in the blogging game, starting with Literary Wives (January 2018), Book Challenge by Erin 8.0, and 24in48Readathon January 2018.
I absolutely love this series and feel as if I am there...in Africa, as I read each installation. Book #17, Precious and Grace, is due to be released October 11, 2016. I need to catch up before that time and then post a review on this blog, though I have mentioned McCall Smith and this series, as well as others of his (e.g. Corduroy Mansions and Isabel Dalhousie),
The Cross-Cultural Book Club I founded at Borders read this at the same time as
King Leopold's Ghost to get a more comprehensive picture of the invasion of Africa
by greedy self-serving white men.
My Goodreads review:
This was one remarkably illuminating fictional work!
This work depicts how well-meaning yet ignorant self-centered
narrow-minded "conservative" people
(typical "white folk," in my opinion) can destroy so much
while intending to "convert" others (especially "savages")
to their belief system. This "preacher"/white "American"
was extremely disrespectful of the people whose country and
village he had "invaded" and disrupted! Not only that,
but he drags his family out to a very primitive
(in comparison to the U.S.) society with absolutely
no preparation or research to determine what they might need most to survive, let alone thrive. This was an extremely powerful and intense read; enlightening, to say the least! Lesson: meaning well is not enough! Be smart! Research! The fact that you have white skin does not make you smarter than anyone else,
and especially doesn't mean you know what is best for anyone else!