Remember the Morning

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Book title: Remember the Morning

Author: Thomas

Fleming

Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Inc

Publication year: 1997

 

Thomas Fleming in this book, Remember the Morning, sets the foundational brick of an American classic and historical series, a saga that fires into one’s imagination and stays with you for a long time after you read it. It is a stunning book with two dramatic and powerful women, radically different yet bound together by heritage, experience, circumstance, in a blazing tale that plumbs morality as brilliantly as it illuminates a crucial part of American past.

Clara and Catalyntie both lost their parents while they were young (arguably I think while they were 5), they were killed by some Indians who captured them with Catalyntie’s two older siblings – Peter and Eva, who both died in captivity. While in captive, Clara the black young woman was treated like a princess while the other white captive was made to eat poorly. The book further narrows down into how these young women were made to suffer at the hands of their captors at a time they knew little or nothing     – After a number of years, the young women were part of a treaty that results in them being turned over to the white people. (This brought another “complication,” as one of the girls was actually a slave–but didn’t even know it.) The book gives that background and then moves into what happens to the young women as they enter the world of the white man. Catalyntie seems to be focused on material things as to the opposite of who Clara is, who is more disposed at giving help to others.

This is a book into the life and times of America and Americans with much of historical allusions in a story set primarily in 1700’s New York City. I guess most of some non-enthusiastic readers would have skimmed through some of the war sections in this book, I know it might just look boring to them. Though, an insight into the plots of the book will give readers a concise account into American history of the classics. Intertwined in the lives of the main characters is rich vivid history. French, Dutch, English,

African and Indians all played a part in creating America.

Remember the Morning helps explain how life was after the English took over from the Dutch. France and England fought over the land, trading rights and even the Indians. The Africans struggled for their freedom while they remain the major race that helped in gathering the ‘wealth’ we’re seeing in America today. The Catholics worshipped in secret and wished for their own freedom. Fleming writes wonderfully. He’s taken the facts of American history and made them the background to a good story. You hardly realise that you’re learning something until it hits you hard like a tornado. Not to worry, Fleming is such a distinguished historian with vast history into the making of a nation where it takes root from.

I will gladly recommend this book if you’re a historical fiction enthusiast and even a student given to historical account would want to learn more about pre-revolutionary America.

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Six Seconds

 

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Book title: Six Seconds

Author: Rick Mofina

Publisher: MIRA

Publication year: 2009

The opening prologue of Six Seconds will give you chills and sets up the novel for a relentless, mind-blowing and captivating resolution into a detective action to uncover some highly sensitive suicidal causes. Six seconds, ticking fast, so fast very fast so many lives are attached to it for survival or death, vengeance, religion or even in the case of redemption. Just in short lots of lives seems to be at stake.

The sudden disappearance of both husband and most especially her son wouldn’t give Maggie Conlin a senior associate bookseller peace until she gets to the root of the sudden disappearance of his spouse and son. The story unfolds into a detailed exploration of detective findings on crime and searches into causes of murder. In unveiling the whereabout of her son’s disappearance, Maggie Sort for help from different places, few helped, and some gave up along the way while others refused to. But above all, she never gave up believing her son is alive, likewise nursing the hope that she can save her marriage despite finding out he (her husband) might be cheating on her.

Daniel Graham, a cop detective who just lost his wife and unborn child was planning to take his own life. He believes he killed his wife by sleeping on the wheel while they were returning from the theatre and now he seems guilty of the death of his wife and wouldn’t be focused on his detective assignment and most especially when he’d lots of cases to deal with. Having to meet with Maggie was a bit of a twist to this narration. Maggi’s husband is missing and a nine year old son is nowhere to be found, also we have here Detective Daniel Graham whose wife is dead alongside an unborn child. The two cases bring to mind a close similarity when also bringing Samara’s ordeal with the Iraqi terrorist who abused her. It is of some sort a good threesome which was in a way related to each other in building up the plot in this story. If we’re to examine the cases of unborn child dead (Detective Graham), a missing child and husband (Maggie Conlin), and the case of Samara’s immediate family, one will think Rick Mofina did a good job. And now bringing Samara to the case, we can say categorically that the tension builds up well into a suspenseful fiction.

In writing a thriller and most especially a detective crime fiction, an author has got to know his or her onions well before diving into it. Having a good knowledge of crime and detective terminologies in analyzing causes of crimes, causalities and attack or even death makes crime fiction juicy and appealing to the eyes for reading. It makes every pages of the crime fiction stand out. In cases of wanting to uncover the secret to a crime committed, the author himself became the crime in question in order to get to the root of the matter. Rick’s inquisitive order of drawing on his hypothesis helped the mind of his reading audience get to understand the nature of certain casualties of crime committed. Without doubt, you will all agree with me that, questioning is all what detective operations is all about, and getting to the root of a story, case or crime, whichever is most appropriate, a detective’s mind has always been consciously programmed to ask questions. And here is what we have Rick Mofina establish in this six seconds of grueling but choice making Six seconds encounter with life and death when Graham was keeping records at the Tarvers campsite.

The beauty of this book lies in the author’s ability to take his reader on a precise journey, though that which they (readers) know not the destination. How? His unique use of words and the gradual unexpected unveiling of actions arrested the mind of the readers, leaving them to want to know what comes up next. You call that suspense right? Of course, it is.

In a nutshell, this work is a terrifying novel that cuts across a group of people, countries and continents. Six Seconds is a story of war, vengeance and terrorism. It explores terrorism in Iraq and its damaging affect on everyone involved from soldiers to terrorists to the innocent and the repercussions that are felt long afterwards. It is the story of painful loss, guilt and redemption sought by people who are worlds apart and separated by culture and personal beliefs. Do you want a rollercoaster –like a suspense thriller, and here you have it six seconds, a perfect prescription where your salivating reading pleasure is concerned.

Highway Queen

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Book title: Highway Queen

Author:  Virginia Phiri

Published by: Corals Services

Publication year: 2010

 

When the bakery from where a family enjoys a wholesome consumption of fresh bake gets burnt to rubbles, then the means of sustenance might probably be a thing of the past.

Virginia Phiri opens the pages of this mind blowing piece with the story of a family whose means of survival rest solely on a husband (Steven) who all of a sudden was retrenched due to some financial upheaval at his workplace. And without thinking, all in the name of making ends meet for her family, Sophie Mumba the wife of the retrenched worker and the lead character in this story seek for a greener pasture doing the incredible. Just as anyone probably would have guessed, it never came cool. Having not enough with her was a good privilege for some ill-hearted men who helped but took advantage of this helpless woman from a squatter camp.

Steven seems not to be responsible. Even though some life threatening situation had tortured him ruthlessly, it still shouldn’t have translated into drinking to stupor or seeing a way out of a mess and ignoring it. Being the head of the family demands lot of work and leadership role, this thus will make a hardworking wife like Sophie go gaga when her husband who ought to be complementing her industrious effort, fails at performing his own part and even had the effrontery to complain about inadequacies of finance and food, (what happened to meat? We’re tired of vegetables!) See pg 81. The author carefully establishes that fact when she tells of Sophie’s grievance towards her hubby’s excessive drinking habit and his lackadaisical attitudes to get any job.

Getting always in the way of having sexual intercourse with several men has now become the way out for Sophie (after her first experience with the truck drivers at the border) who previously had promised not to engage herself in such an illicit act on Pg 73. Even while the story of several people dying of AIDS went viral in the squatter camp, it won’t in any way teach her any lesson. She went further to expand her sex merchandising business by having another unprotected sex on Pg 86, making another stupid pledge of hers.  I convinced myself that would be the last time I exchanged my body for… Of course, you all read about the result of her sex escapade.

As there were many deaths at the camp, we had our own graveyard… This statement sets a tone of ill-predictions, obscure future and poverty. For people to think about death even before it willingly arrives is one crazy thing anyone can ever imagine. Well in a situation where sexually transmitted disease flies all around like a kite, two things should be put in place. You’d either use protection or prepare your final place of rest, six feet beneath the earth.

 

 All I saw were sad faces, people who moved up and down like zombie…

Restless children cry on their mother’s back…

Pieces of furniture suitcases, bicycles, scotch carts and other household effects were all over the place.

These phrases tell of the emotional torture once hut owners at the camp felt. The anguish dwellers suffered was well expressed for a vivid view here. Virginia did well buttressing her point here with vivid imagery into what seems unpleasant for these city camp dwellers. She made us feel the suffering of the people, their pain and the effect of the displacement suffered at the camp through adjectives and some necessary figures of speech which ensured the conformation of the sentences to suit the author’s intended purpose. Even though Sophie’s family had left the camp for residency in the village, she still connects to the camp, advocates for HIV and AIDS, that’s why she can’t help but attend to the needs of the dying people.

Carefully setting in the Republic of Zimbabwe, the author did her best bringing what could be means of livelihood for women whose effort to cater for their families were been thwarted by incoherency of economic strategies coupled with what seems to be a bleak future. Virginia’s connection to the suffering of the African women-folk here is quite clear enough to be understood here after several deployments of literary ‘tools’.

This is yet another good piece which educates the populace well on the subject of HIV and AIDS after the order of Albert Nyathi’s ‘Ten Conversations to end AIDS’. I think Zimbabweans are really making headway, combating this sniper virus which has claimed thousands of lives in recent time. The Highway Queen is a story which digs deep into the mind and sufferings of an average African woman who finds herself in a dilemma she wouldn’t initially have thought of. A good read it is for everyone who cares to know.

Beyond Mere Words

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Book title: Beyond Mere Words

Author: Jane Silverwood

Publisher: Harlequin Super romance

Publication year: 1988

 

Lawyers are very crafty, analytic and could also be referred to as good legal-case drivers. Their arguments are always spiced with proofs and choices to pick from where the final decision of the judge is concerned. And then when a legal practitioner woos a lady of his choice, what will you expect?  Adam’s careful proposal to Francy and his bait-like offers presented should be well applauded in the whole of this book. His careful use of words and patience deployed to getting innocent Italian Francy was quite laudable for what some may call a sharp shooter’s approach to getting the big game. He had carefully lined up activities even before the days unfold for Francy up to a point where she was totally hooked and couldn’t let go. Well if I may say, it was a struggle that was really worth it, had Francy changed her mind, and then it would have been another thing light-hearted Prosecutor from Howard County will have to battle with for the rest of his bachelor’s life.

Jane’s act of switching too swiftly from one scene to another might be too much in a haste leaving less detail to feast on. From my end, I may say she’s not taking enough time to flesh out each scene before birthing it forth and ten taking on a new one. This was quite vivid in several portions of the book and on Pg 167 where Adam invited Francy to go with him on a vac to Bermuda, and then the author wouldn’t establish this well on Pg 177. Maybe it was just an intentional act to conceal some details but I actually was waiting for her to immerse the reader’s mind into more about Bermuda before eventually embarking on the aeroplane. My opinion, though.

Living with a reading disability like dyslexia (became one central theme determining the progress of Francy’s portion of the story) is one big problem for Francy as she just couldn’t read. Telling Adam even was one big problem for her even though Theresa had told her to explain things to him hoping he would understand. And now with the love in the air, Ben Chalett’s view about Francy’s background, Patricia Pearce’s wanting to know who her daughter-in-law is and Adam’s political ambition at stake, one might just be a bit confused which way to go.

I strongly think Jane did an awesome work building up more tension, drama on Francy’s dyslexic condition and how it affected some other people in this story’s past. The way it linked to Jerry’s inability to read, Adam’s  grade three mate and dyslexia being common amongst the Raseras was one good way this story builds up to be captivating. Francy who becomes the main character to which this dyslexic syndrome was concentrated soon becomes an object of pity when she had a challenge with the onboard restroom on Ben Chalett’s yacht, and then negotiating if she could stay through the day without easing herself. The problem was just too much for her to bear. If privileged to come onto the scene, I would have advised she let go of the fear and tell Adam the truth about her reading disability.

Though Jane did a good job putting ‘Beyond Mere Words’ in our hands coupled with the fact that it does make a good romantic fiction, but some few inadequacies could be corrected in her future works. Inadequacies such as on Pg 281 and towards the end paragraph where Barbara Kains used the word ‘Release’ instead of ‘discharge’ which seems to be the most appropriate professional jargon in the medical world. I also pondered on the fact that there ought to be a bit of a rivalry or simply put drama between Barbara and Francy. You know, I was actually wondering why Patricia would send Barbara over to straighten issues with Francy. Why Barbara?

Learning to live with killing attempts may be one prevalent issue for politicians around the globe, and I pretty take delight in the first strike on Adams. It caught the reader’s attention, caused us to go into suspense, pondering what could happen next to Adam. I can tell every reader was shocked reading that this renowned and successful prosecutor of Howard County was shot.

This work made a good romantic fiction and was a good read if I may say.

The Awakened Mage

 

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Book title: The Awakened Mage

Author: Karen Miller

Publisher: Orbit

Publication year: 2007

 

I’d likened The Awakened Mage to a TV series in 2008 by the title ‘Merlin’. There is so much resemblance to the characters in The Awakened Mage and the storyline in Merlin. Two Kingdoms played a significant role in the progression of this story by Karen Miller. The Olken and the Doranen. The Olken were the original owner of the land but were scattered all around. The Doranen came with Barl their leader, running away from what has become an evil mage Morg. The Doranen saw that the land was good but the weather was so bad that their farmers were suffering and wouldn’t get a good yield. Both kingdoms went into an agreement. The Olken will do magic no longer while the Doranen will continue doing magic. Generations of Olken born after believed they had no magic, but the prophecy was spoken and the expected Mage who will bring the people out of their trouble was born. As expectantly as possible, some members of the circle had awaited the time for the fulfilment of this prophesy, and finally, the Mage spoken of in this prophecy was eventually identified, though by few people. And then comes Asher of Restharvan.

Asher (the innocent mage) in this story played a significant role, partly in decision making and also as an adviser in his own way in the kingdom of Lur though directly to Prince Gar who later became the king. He was the fate of the kingdom, this which was only known to some few people but of course by members of the circle and the evil Mage himself. Gar being a crowned prince and an apparent heir to the throne of his father, never initially possess any magic (possessing magic is one basic quality any King that will rule in Lur should have) whatsoever but instead, his sister had (this she used in oppressing his brother who seems not to have one). But just as fate will take charge of the turns of event in the story, and after the death of his family, Gar realised he was beginning to have magic, which initially couldn’t take control of. The role of Asher being the protagonist in the story made him to solely determine the rightful placement of the story’s jigsaw, which means without his pictorial part in this ‘puzzle’ there will be a problem getting the puzzle in its right place.

Just as Asher is the Innocent Mage (The Kingmaker), we also have in this mind blowing story the Awakened Mage (The Kingbreaker), in the person of Morg. Morg has always been opposing the coming of Asher who is the destiny of the kingdom of Lur. His goal in the continuation part of this story by Karen Miller is to bring down the wall surrounding the kingdom of Lur built by his lover Barl, years back down.

Karen Miller did a wonderful work bringing into play a work of fiction with a good blend of European tradition, voodoo and magic to tell a tale of a kingdom dividing even while her leaders were still alive. The use of ancient craft, architecture, clothing and even words helps in communicating the story in an understandable way which can hardly be resisted. In a nutshell, the Awakened Mage is all about the final identification of an innocent mage whose personality has been revealed longtime ago even before he was born in a prophecy by a naïve man who will do anything if it means saving the kingdom. This is a good read, rich in culture and garnished with a good salivating taste of a European culture that can’t be resisted. It is a journey back into ancient times where the traditions of the people meant a lot to them up to the extent of playing a lead role in determining the way things are done.

I extend my Special appreciation to my friend Joy Frank for co-reviewing this with me. Sincerely I love the joy deployed into this review. (Lol)

Black Boy by Richard Wright

 

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Title:  Black Boy

Author: Richard Wright

Published by: Longman

Publication year: 1970

 

It would have been so good if Anne Moody waited for Richard before she got her book published two years before Richard published this title of his. Well, just a joke by the way. But then, I’ve only come to notice the close similarities between Richard’s Black Boy and Anne Moody’s Coming of Age in Mississippi.

The Black Boy sets in the black populated city of Mississippi where killing and lynching of Black folks was just the order of the day. The beautiful thing about this autobiographical account of Richard Wright’s life is the fact that, it holds close similarities with Anne Moody’s ‘Coming of age in Mississippi’. It is so much of an American story with imagery mostly related to America, (partly Africa, where the theme of suffering might just be concerned) Americans and might be so hard for one outside the United States to come to its full understanding.

In treating this book, lots of comparisons will be done relating Black boy by Richard Wright with Coming of age in Mississippi by Anne Moody. The initial chapters of this book preface on a ground of horror, pain, future uncertainty and feelings of sufferings where a black boy was made to know hardship at a time when he could hardly differentiate from his right to his left. The turns and consistent emotional torture meted on the black folks wherein he lives alongside abuse by the white bosses sets in young Richard a sense of coercion (even on real-life events and his thought) showing superiority to whites only, while the blacks remain at their (whites) mercy. The seed of coercion planted in Richard by several racial prejudicial happenings in his environment also becomes part of Richard. I ever wonder in the course of this autobiographical account, how a young teenage boy can put up courage and attempt stabbing or threatening an adult with knives.

Oppression and hostility on the black minority seem to be the order of the day thereby leading little Richard to learn to curse before he could read. Just as Anne Moody also had her own account, one can quite agree that severe hardship alongside ill-treatment was predominantly constant amongst the black folks in the early American days so much that the whites were treated with much reverence, while words from the black folks were meticulously selected when addressing them and even their young ones. The effect of several cases of ill-treatment on blacks soon becomes part of Richard’s subconscious when he naively thought; P.19 the white folks have got the right to beat Black kids, thus thinking that the right black parents have is only the parental.

The way children or youngsters will go arguably is dependent on the availability of their parent to foster learning and several teachings per time. In Richard’s case where his mother who ineffectively plays the role of the father became ill, Richard just had to live his life following his special ‘design’. Of course, you all will agree, these designs were never pleasant at all.

Racial prejudice which seems to be the main theme of this book stood gallantly still as far as the book is concerned. It was so much that Richard’s mum was stretched out of the hospital in a pretence to be lifeless and then to an ambulance. Reason being that, there wasn’t any hospital facility for the coloured people. Availability of better jobs, social amenities was also racially controlled such that the blacks were restricted from getting certain jobs. It even got so bad that blacks were not allowed to go borrow books. And at this point, I had a picture of how crazy racial discrimination could be. In her own write-up, Anne Moody gives insights on her personal experiences as well. In a portion of the book, she recounts how Negro students nursed fear on realising that there were a lot of white kids in some colleges they were going.

Richard alongside Anne Moody delves into exploring an autobiography right from their formative years up till when they both became an adult, thus narrating from a time when the readers could be cleverly carried along. The duo authors were brought to limelight due to their prolonged curiosity to know why the black minorities were deprived in partaking of the American dream. These might have just been the reason why Richard starts reading about several authors he came across in some of his reading times, authors who also had some of their articles opposing the Jim Crow’s laws. Anne also advocates for the right of the black folks by joining the NAACP movement which later translates into the Woolworth’s sit-in demonstration (that which gave her much popularity).

Even though Richard Wright was more focused on voicing out his opinion (which he never did at the end of the book) on the Jim Crow’s obnoxious rules via his literary skills, but then Anne took to the streets and challenged the ‘challengeable’ and becoming an orator and a strong activist who became part of a strong movement (alongside the likes of Medgar, Martin Luther King Jnr. and others) for the proclamation of the black’s right. Richard can be seen as the more curious type compared with Anne. He wants to know more, ask more, read more and see more of happenings which were not to the merit of the black folks.

After a vivid look into their personality, one can successfully determine the temperament of both authors. Of course, they’ve both got an element of being choleric. They are both given to asking questions and wanting to correct the obnoxious laws which restrict black’s right and was never in favour of the Black-Americans. Richard most especially did this until he was told to mind his business if he really wants to live and be successful. (Same was said to Anne moody, then she took a break from Canton to New Orleans).

Richard Wright’s black Boy is an  autobiographical account that projects the dealings of the white majority with the black minority in a country where equal rights were withheld, thus leading to a divided society pioneered by intentional hate for the poor black folks. It is yet another good book that tells the difference between being courageous to the rise of our countrymen and that which opens the eyes of the entire public to our historical heritage.

Yetunde –An Ode to my Mother

Book title: Yetunde –An Ode to my Mother

Author’s name: Segilola Salami

Published by: Segilola Publishing

Publication year: 2016

 

If a babe really speaks this way, I would have given this laptop I type with to my one year old nephew Joshua, but of course this is an author’s fictitious expression of an infantile admiration for her mother’s care.

 

The author sets this work in a city in London and precisely in the mind of a little girl-child by the name Yetunde. Segilola Salami can be somewhat strict in the way she communicates the thoughts of Yetunde, a nine months old infant. But then the reality boils down to the fact that , having her think all these by herself can only be fictitious, entertaining (what any fictional writer does), but never to be imagined. It is an author’s intentional hijacking of the mind of a toddler.

 

Amongst the Yoruba descent and when we talk about mother to infant relationship, there is this time in the formative months of an infant when the mother speaks to her child, words meant to be understood only by older kids (see page 8 of 36). Telling little Yetunde about the cultures of the Yoruba race at her ninth month seems never too early. Yeah of course, the best time to start instilling the cultural heritage of one’s nativity. Though an infant will not come to the knowledge of all these teachings so soon but then, when these words continuously reiterates, the tender mind of the child begins to absorb and eventually speaks out to everyone’s awe someday.

 

A wonderful story progression here. Forsaking the Yetunde to whom the story is been told, the art of storytelling still remains one great way through which African heritage has been preserved over the years. The author did her best here telling innocent Yetunde (who can hardly reply the good compliments of a caring mother or clearly understands what mother is rattling. But the obvious fact is that she is listening to all of this story progression) about the Yoruba folk’s myth about Yemoja. There was a brilliant cinematic allusion here (see page 25 of 36), where the author makes mention of the last airbender in the movie, Avatar. Those who has seen this movie and understands it will identify well enough the part played by Katara a waterbender and Yemoja’s mystical use of water as an instrument of warfare just as she prescribes for Yetunde mum’s use.

 

A clever conveyance of poetic citations at the latter part of this book. It tells your reader that you really understands what an Ode is. You wouldn’t have done it better excluding poetry. This is quite educating, the fact that it dives into the historical and mythical heritage of the Yoruba folks makes it so. It would just have been interesting if all those little kids or say nine months infant can really speak and think out loud like their friend Yetunde. Segilola was creative in this one, giving voice to this innocent leader of tomorrow making us initially wonder why she would have written such a story. It won’t be bad to see more of your works you know?

Where You Belong

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Book title: Where You Belong

Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford

Published by:  Dell fiction

Publication year: 1999

If you don’t know where you’re coming from, at least you will definitely know where you belong. This is the first book I’ve ever read and that which speaks about my profession. Barbara sets in the initial chapters of this intriguing but captivating book in an ancient village in kosovo. Valentine Denning alongside her two ‘comrade-in-arm’ (such as Tony Hampton referred to the three of them) Tony and Jack did a war photojournalism coverage in the front-line town by the name Pec (in Kosovo). Barbara Bradford leads her reader well into the heart of the story as she introduces the first casualty in the book. She unleashes this in a time when the mind of the reader was still in intimate romance with what eventually becomes the conflict in this book. Valentine Denning was in love with Tony Hampton prior his death. The death of this lover of hers who doubles as her colleague leaves in her a relic such that she can hardly forget.

As a photographer and a budding journalist, I see Barbara carefully conveys the terminologies such that is obtainable in photography and photojournalism as a whole to drive home her point. Barbara carefully unveils to her reading audience in just some first few chapters what it is to cover war as a photojournalist. I would never have thought of doing war photojournalism with the way she did the analysis. She shows her readers the pain and anguish, that which journalists go through. Val seems to be in love with this married colleague of hers who claimed not to be, but not until his death and then was the truth made known after she attended his memorial. After the situation at the memorial reveals the truth of Tony Hampton’s marital status, Jake Newberg took his time and fill in the gap for his late colleague.

Barbara portrays the characters of Val and Jake quite well in this book as some humanist war photojournalist. It has almost been believed all around the globe up until this present time that Photojournalists and most especially war photojournalists are more of a job enthusiast and carefree about the immediate sufferings of casualties at war sites. But then, Barbara Taylor did justice to these two characters by painting the humanist side of their personality. Well she knows much about this, since she is also a media savvy {See pg 197}.

Thematic Approach

Of all other themes infused in this novel by the author, one dominant theme that expresses best the title of this book is the word ‘Secrecy’. And going to the high point of the story, where does Valentine Denning really belongs? Her mother Margot Scott Denning, Tony Hampton or her newly found love Jake Newberg?

It is very evident that this must have also been the question on every readers mind, but of course we’ve all read where she belongs. With Jake Newberg of course, not with Tony Hampton and never is she read to take up Lowell’s investments or forgive the nonchalant attitude of a mother who was never there for her in her formative years. Margot really got it wrong in the quest to bring back Val to where she originally belongs, thinking if she tells her daughter of Lowell’s wealthy investment (a family company with history dating back to 1898), she will return to where she belong.

But can one forget so soon the pains of ill treatment in her formative years of childhood. Of course your guess was good as mine. Valentine turns it down. Recounting to her mother about her ill-treatment towards her and then, mother unleashing another bombshell of how she had a child (Anjelica) out of wedlock and the implication it had on her trying (but all to no avail) to love Val. But

Valentine Denning finally was free from her mother’s control she left finally glad that she already settled issues with her as her will is concerned.

Secrecy further abounds in this book. Fiona, Tony Hampton’s widow also tells Jake and Val about her husband’s unfaithfulness and extra marital relationship. She details her experience of her husband’s womanizing adventure and how it affects Val. Since Val had wanted to listen, she pays more attention to her, even though she was able to put one and two together at Tony’s memorial. The pain of Tony ‘psychotic’ behaviour according to Valentine causes her to break down but later she gets over it. Jake on the other hand was left in awe after he heard about Tony’s story. They were both disappointed by their former comrade -in-arm attitude. This story is quite a good one but it wouldn’t have been a bad thing to wonder why the author fails in finally resolving to a resolution at the end of this book. Or do we have a sequel to the aftermath of Val’s dealing with Margot Scott Denning, Alexander or Donald’s dealing on inheriting the Lowell’s investment. Well, going with the title and buttressing with the concluding page of this book, we can still conclude Valentine already arrived at the place she belongs.

Sizwe Banzi is Dead

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Book title: Sizwe Bansi is Dead

Author: Athol Fugard

Year Premiered: 1972

Sizwe Banzi is Dead is one work of fiction and I think the famous work of fiction that narrows down its plot and thematic approach into the obnoxious rules and laws of the South African Apartheid system. Mr. Styles is in the memorial business. A photographer living near Port Elizabeth in apartheid-era South Africa, he sees it as his job to take photographs of all those black women and men whose lives would otherwise go unrecorded and be lost to history. Being a black photographer, Styles had joy and so much believed taking photographs of black majority is the only way by which he could bring joy into the faces of most black South Africans who had loosed hope in the future of a good governance. He buttressed much more on this by engaging his numerous clients in a friendly banter and thus partly getting rid of the thought of loneliness nurtured for so long time. The author further narrows down the character of Style as one of the comic relief of this book. He could be seen as one who enjoys what he is doing due to the excitement it gives folks who can’t wait to see their face and pose in his photography studio.

Beneath his sunny exterior and nifty sales techniques, he’s bit more of a philosopher, knowing that “this world and its laws allow us nothing except ourselves. There is nothing we can leave behind when we die, except a memory of ourselves.” But sometimes you must die so you can live – and that’s the case with one of his customers, whose story is told in a devised play created by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona in 1972. The paradox of Sizwe Banzi’s life whose storyline leads to the development of this title that is, it is only by faking his death and taking someone else’s identity has he any chance of survival in a country that limits freedom of movement and work opportunities for its black citizens. This was quite a betrayal for his self esteem but he never mind that by any means as he also informed his innocent wife that he now has a new name. No more the Sizwe Bansi (which use to be his real name, is now dead but now bearing a false name. Robert Zwelinzima). This deed of Sizwe therefore support the numerous effect of Apartheid ruling that has never been in favour of the black majority.

The book on its own preached and is still preaching the various ordeals of obnoxious policy of apartheid and the intense suffering of the people. It had all the various apartheid act infused into it and beautifully painted out in pictures that can well be understood by the forthcoming younger generation. If any book might need to be kept in the historical archive of SouthAfrica, then no doubt, Sizwe Banzi is Dead will definitely fit in and makes a best relic of Apartheid tribulation. We can see terrific and terrifically execution of part from Sizwe Banzi, and Styles and the ingenious Buntu, who sees a way to give Banzi the human dignity that every man and woman deserves.
This is a book I can recommend for any generation of folks desirous to know about apartheid. If you were never alive then to witness South African Apartheid, at least you found this book.

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

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Book title: The Richest Man in Babylon

Author: George S. Clason

Published by:  Signet non-fiction (Penguin groups)

Publication year: 1988

If you go by the title of this book and think this is one religious book, then you’re getting something wrong. Beautifully written introductory chapter. George Clason leads his readers on with the story of Bansir the chariot builder of Babylon, a man who desires to have enough money. And of course, his story and his meeting with Kobbi the musician leads us into the real contest and on whose Character the book was written.

‘Being as you know, the son of a humble merchant, one of a large family with no hope of an inheritance, and not being endowed, as you have so frankly said, with superior powers or wisdom, I decided that If I was to achieve what I desired, time and study would be required…’ This happens to be in the words of Arkad, the richest man in Babylon. The author made most use of ancient Babylonian proverbial saying alongside stunning storyline and something kind of cinematic mental picturing to pass across his message. At the extreme end, of the last paragraph on [Pg 17] a friend of Arkad said he was fortunate for being that successful after he was made heir to Algamish’s fortune. And I tell you has become a popular saying about success in this present age, nothing of such is being fortunate. When you have the desire to succeed and you work hard, definitely success has to be the end result. Just exactly Arkad’s response to him.

The use of various archaic English phrases spurs up a special urge in me to read more. Reading a text like this brings famous writer, William Shakespeare to life. Who knows, it might probably be one of those rare reasons why this book hit the bestsellers record, though the fact that it deals severely with the subject of appropriate judicious use of money draws up the enormous acceptance its sales has been enjoying over the years.

It definitely can’t be far-fetch that one good acceptability this book also enjoys from its numerous readers is the author’s ability to drive down a good narration with a compelling story of finances, and of course, the story of the richest man in Babylon which most especially raises the anxious expectations of its readers.

This inspirational classic conveys through ancient Babylonian parables owes much to the thrifty and several financial successes of ancient Babylonian merchants dating back to about 8000 years ago. This book which was first released in a pamphlet with the title just the same with this book quickly wins for itself the world acclamation amongst individual, banks and insurance companies in 1926 and I can shock you, it is still winning till now. It is a book one’s generation need read, another yet good historical book civilization owes much.