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Book Title: Bride Price|
The author of the book: Ian Mathie
ISBN 13: 9781906852085
Format files: PDF
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Edition: Mosaique Press
Date of issue: February 1st 2011
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Africa is a huge and densely populated continent. While it’s known as the “oldest inhabited territory on Earth,” most Westerners might think of it as merely a faraway land posing a high risk to international travelers. In most instances, that is probably so—Africa has had it’s fair share of drought, disease, famine, corruption, military dictatorships and wars. But when it comes to rich fauna and flora, diverse tribal cultures and languages, exquisite landscapes and mysterious beliefs, Africa is paradise.
As someone who grew up in South Africa, I’m sad that I’ve only touched lightly on all this magic since the potential to engage with the heart of my country was screwed up by the sociopolitical climate of the time. That’s why I’m so thankful for writers like Ian Mathie. In his memoir, Bride Price, the author transports his readers to an enigmatic part of Africa—Zaire, now the Democratic (irony, real not literary) Republic of the Congo—to learn more about a bygone era. At the high risk of ancestral customs being forgotten, this book is a valuable contribution to African history.
Mathie’s story is nail-bitingly compelling and his writing is superb. Although you never doubt how the author feels about himself and his involvement in this saga, he allows the focus to fall on the rich cast of characters and the bizarre events that shape his narrative, thus making his book a true altruistic work of art about people who deserve to be remember for their unique perspective on life. Whether you’re interested in Africa or have a taste for the exotic, this book is for you.
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