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some inter related but most it covers many countries than I had expected my shelf list mentions each country that gets than a passing mention Kapuscinski obviously has an understanding of the peoples and the cultures and he writes often with passion and emotion but "also at times with detachment perhaps this comes rom his reportage background tooBut not everyone is a an There are "at times with detachment perhaps this comes rom his reportage background tooBut not everyone is a an There are reviews of Kapuscinski s work where he is heavily criticised including this book The most critical is probably John Ryles review linked here There are a number of points Ryle makes some of which are unfair eg calling Kapuscinski out on generalisation I ound the author goes out of his way to explain when he generalises at the start of the book and Sono with Visits from the Seventh from then on is careful to talk about specific tribes or countries some are bizarre his calling out of Kapuscinski over a statement about a bookshop I reread that section to try to understand Kapuscinski s timeline to me it could be anywhererom 1957 to just before publication in 1998 and therefore Ryle s argument that it isn t true at the time of his review is pointless and some seem to be correct in that there are errors in Kapuscinski s text there are a couple of mentions about women not being able to touch cattle These last criticisms are minor but nevertheless I have no defence Remarkable Creatures for the author on theseIrrespective of some minorailings on act checking which are surprising but unfortunate really enjoyed reading this bookSome uotes I enjoyed Only with the greatest of simplifications or the sake of convenience can we say Africa In reality except as a geographical term Africa doesn t exist Dawn and Dusk these are the most pleasant hours in Africa The sun is either not yet scorching or it is no longer so it lets you be lets you livePeople are not hungry because there is no Heroes Adrift (Hero, food in the world There is plenty of it there is a surplus inact But between those who want to eat and the bursting warehouses stands a tall obstacle indeed politics This is a very difficult terrain Father Johan admitted These people ask us how many gods there are in our religion and whether we have a special god Chuck and Danielle for cattle We explain to them that there is only one god This disappoints them Our religion is better they say we have a special god who takes care of cattle After all cows are the most important thing Shifting seamlesslyrom vignettes of daily life to grand excursions into Africa s turbulent political past Kapuscinski zig zags across vast expanses of scorching desert and lush greenery in this masterful piece of journalistic travel writing He describes people politics and landscape with eual ease The lioness stalking in the tall grasses is as riveting as the utterly Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old fascinating character study of Idi AminTheirst chapter was studded with generalisations about Africa and Africans that made my inner anthropologist cringe and is the main reason I am docking this book one star I am pleased to note that he dropped the act soon afterward to delve into the swirling mass of stories he painstakingly picked Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs from his decades of experience on the continent He breathes in the poverty around him its raw smells its despairing languishing presence The chapter on Liberia a country I knew very little about was absolutely terrifying Kapuscinski will zip you across the continent with dizzying alacrity and plunge you waist deep into the lives of a scarcely known tribe the Amba the Kakwa the Krahn Child soldiers genocide and the spectre of death haunt these pages My heart broke then broke again The dusty treacherous drives and the oppressive heat come alive Flickering candlelightilled my bedroom and my throat ached with his maddening thirst If you have ever been to Africa this book will transport you back there If not this book offers some of the best armchair travelling I ve yet encountere. F peoples cultures and encounters Kapuscinski's trenchant observations wry analysis and overwhelming humanity paint a remarkable portrait of the continent and its people His unorthodox approach and profound respect Gray Bishop for the people he meets challenge conventional understandings of the modern problemsaced by Africa at the dawn of the twenty irst centu.
Xactly the same thingAcross this Book You Journey Through About you journey through about years and he touches down in various places and times Tyrants and despots crowd around or your attention alongside the poor and downtrodden The eternal optimist in his writing argues back and orth with the realist and some lovely achingly beautiful images come about He writes of political change and geographical oddities he writes of celebration and colour and welcome and then lips the coin and there is hatred and ear and isolation but "Through It All Is "it all is really wonderful sense of his real love or the African peoples He does not shy away Noir from the brutality and stupidity of things that have happened he drives home the guilt and irresponsibilty of the previous colonial powers whilst not ignoring the obvious culpability of theools and much worse the thieves and thugs so often in power now but over riding it all his eternal optimist seems to gain the upper hand He writes Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are fondly of the odd uirks and traditions and emphasizes the importance of cultures listening and learning and therefore beginning to understand each other even if not agreeing I suppose in many ways this is an imprtant service his writing might achieve He sometimes writes with his tongueirmly in his cheek and I Gaffer found this an endearing breather after the sadness and bleakness of some of what he had to relate Speaking of a growing relationship with his driver Omenka with whom he worked he writesOn the day weirst met I gave him nothing as we parted He walked away without so much as a good bye I dislike cold Circumstantial Evidence formal relations between people and Ielt bad So the next time I gave him 50 naira the local currency He said goodbye and smiled this Kapuscinski relates cheered him and so he gradually increased the amounts he gave to the driver and after each increase the man s response to him also deepened until without stretching this story out any longer suffice it to say that I ended up showering him with so many "NAIRA THAT WE WERE SIMPLY UNABLE TO PART OMENKA "that we were simply unable to part Omenka voice was always trembling with emotion and with tears in his eyes he would swear his everlasting devotion and Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers fidelity This humour might seem when taken out of context to be a belitling or criticizing of the driver but within theramework of Kapuscinski s admiration or Africa and its peoples it does not read like that I chose the example purely cos it made me smile and was a wonderful example of his ability to create in such a way that you met the people of whom he was speakingThere are so many lovely passages that i could just lift sentences and phrases rom almost every chapter but that would be to ragment what is a really lovely creation someone described it as a mosaic and that is a great image For him Africa is ever alert to its chance or change and growth and so maybe the very last paragraph is a wonderful clarion call of hope and a good uotation on which to Island of the Lost Horses (Dora and Friends) finish Everyone walked in silence to their huts and the boys snuffed out the lights on the tables It was still night but Africa s most dazzling moment was approaching the break of day I have only read aew book by Kapuscinski one of which was a Penguin Great Journeys book The Cobra s Heart which is an excerpt Summer Meditations from this book I gave thative stars and reading that book convinced me to buy of this authors work including this book which I have God Said, Ha!: A Memoir finally made timeor rom my shelfThis is probably Kapuscinski s best known book and is his highest rated book on GR Not without reason This is 5 stars or me and this was confirmed by about a third of the way throughThis book just reads well it deals in detail with some complex issues but it doesn t get bogged down and remains very easy to read and very approachable I guess Perhaps this is a nod to the skills of the translator as well as the authorIt is not a linear narrative book It jumps around in time and in location A chapter does not necessarily On the Right Side of a Dream follow the one before but sometimes they do Kapuscinski is knownor his reportage perhap. Eration Kapuscinski hitchhikes with caravans wanders the Sahara with nomads and lives in the poverty stricken slums of Nigeria He wrestles a king cobra to the death and suffers through a bout of malaria What emerges is an extraordinary depiction of Africa not as a group of nations or geographic locations but as a vibrant and reuently joyous montage .
Ryszard Kapuscinski sits under the branchy shade of a solitary acacia and stares at the incommensurable moonlike landscape unfolding in Operation Iceberg : The Invasion and Conquest of Okinawa in World War II front of him Plains covered with parched thorny shrubs and vast extensions of sandy ground seem ablaze in a shimmering haze that refracts on the journalist s eyesorcing him to suint Water and shade such Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq fluid inconstant things and the two most valuable treasures in Africa this half historian half journalist recalls while revisiting the thirty years he spent roaming the most recondite spots of this battered continent castigated both by man and the most hostile aspect of nature A place where its people are one with its arid terrain blinding light and spicy smells A place where the night belongs to myth and spirits where time stretches and melts without shape or tempo A place where history does not exist in archives or records because it can only be measured by memory by what can be recounted here and now So I sit down next to Ryszard and I listen to his chronicleWith unsentimental approach and spartan phraseology unravelled in a collage of disorderly snapshots spread out in time and assorted geography Kapuscinski evokes the Africa that runs through his veins beats in his heart and brims over his memory avoiding clich s and showing the hiddenace of this mistreated continent He neither judges nor idealizes the African culture Instead he narrows his incisive perspective down to the daily life of cast leaders peasants or the bayaye beggars eluding the official routes of embassies palaces or press conferences to disclose the reality of contemporary Africa Formally prese This is insightful prose written by a Polish journalist who spent years traveling around Africa beginning in the 1950s It is a collection of essays that Michelin Green Guide Normandy follow Kapuscinski s time spent in Africa during coups wars racial tensions hunger starvation sickness and Though I didn t love the parts of the book that seemed highly dramatized what I really liked about this is that Kapuscinski gets into the experience living it and detailing it He s not a removed journalist Inact this book reads like a great collection of stories He talks about the racial tensions of that time the distinctive culture of each country in Africa the political climate the people the ood the terrain and his own vulnerabilities There is some sun even with the shadowIt is a book illed with details vivid descriptions dialect and history narrated with storytelling ease It is the type of book which intertwines serious journalism with storytelling very appealing A book like this would NORMALLY I WOULD HAVE IMAGINED TAKEN ME VERY LITTLE I would have imagined taken me very little to read because I would devour it "in a binge of gulpings and swallowings but it took me a "a binge of gulpings and swallowings but it took me a deal longer In part or the simple reason that I was taken up with other things and couldn t ind the reedom to absorb myself in his world as I would have liked but also What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World for the eually simple but at the same time profound reason that there was just too much to take inI listed it as epistolary and though it is not officially so it reads like a series of letters across a long career working in the continent of Africa as it breaksree of colonialism and steps onwards into independence Sometimes this takes him on a positive journey but I Got a New Friend far too often it brings him into contact with the dark horror or vicious oppression and poverty Years ago i read Thomas Eidson s novel St Agnes stand in which a group of nuns are cornered in the desert of the US and as I read it my throat experienced the parched land in which they were caughtand i swear Ielt thirsty As I read Kapuscinski s accounts of poverty and degradation and the destruction of hope and joy I swear I The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War felt just a little of that pain and sadness He is masterful at making you see of making you hear and smell and notice and this is a great grace Salman Rushdie talks somewhere about novels enabling us to meet and hear and encounter peoplerom whom we would normally Experiencing the Resurrection: The Everyday Encounter That Changes Your Life flee this journalist does In 1957 Ryszard Kapuscinski arrived in Africa to witness the beginning of the end of colonial rule as theirst African correspondent of Poland's state newspaper From the early days of independence in Ghana to the ongoing ethnic genocide in Rwanda Kapuscinski has crisscrossed vast distances pursuing the swift and often violent events that ollowed lib. ,