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2012 Africa Reading Challenge Reviews

Thanks for participating in the Africa Reading Challenge.

Please use the Mr Linky below to share your review.  Reviews will be posted on this page and updated every month.

If you don’t have a blog, then please leave an update on your progress in the comments section.

27 thoughts on “2012 Africa Reading Challenge Reviews

  1. Hi Kinna, I’m not quite sure how the Mr Linky thing works for the reviews (because I can’t see anyone else’s reviews on this page yet) so I’ve added my link here in comments too. I read In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut from South Africa, and my review is here:
    So that’s one from Southern Africa, next – somewhere different!
    Thanks for hosting, Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers, Australia

  2. I just posted my review of Map of Love on my blog. It is by an Eyptian woman and about Egypt, in the early 20th century and in the 1990s. I thought it was a great book. I am getting excited about reading about Africa.

    • I’d recommend Map of Love too – and this reminds me that I have another one by Ahdaf Soueif somewhere in MtTBR. It’s called The Eye of the Sun, and I can add that to my Africa Reading Challenge booklist!.

  3. Added review of As the Crow Flies to the list.

  4. Hi. My review of Told By Starlight in Chad is up on my blog here now:

  5. Hi everyone

    Here is the link to my first review for this challenge: The Book of Chameleons by Jose Eduardo Agualusa set in Angola:

    Hope you enjoy!
    The Literary Nomad

  6. Just added The Bride Price, by Bucci Emechtta, a lyrical story of young Nigerian women caught in the demands of her family and of her Ibo culture.

  7. Just posted Women of Algiers in Their Apartment, by Assia Djebar, an exquisite collage of women’s stories from the Algerian civil war and its aftermath.

  8. I have posted my review of Scherezada Goes West by Fatema Mernisse. She focuses men’s views of harems. My reviews points out some of my problems with the book. ( I had trouble with the link but you can find it at my blog, meyouandbooks.)

  9. Just finished Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan, and wrote a post about it…

  10. Hi kinna, Just linked a reivew of Changes, by Ama Ata Aidoo. A post of it is on my blog

  11. Hi Kinna, Just added ‘The Anatomy of a Disappearance’ by Hisham Matar to the list.

  12. … and ‘The Yacoubian Building’ by Alaa al Aswany.

  13. I have posted two impressive books by Leila Ahmed on my blog. Women and Gender in Islam is a careful academic study. Border Passage is her autobiography. I recommend them both.

  14. My review of Mariama Bâ’s So Long a Letter:

  15. No 2: No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe (Nigeria). A wonderful book that works beautifully on many levels.
    Lisa Hill, ANZ LitLovers, Australia

  16. My 2nd book for the challenge (I finished this a couple of weeks ago but it took my until now for a review…) Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie.

  17. I just posted my review of Abina and the Imprtant Men. It is a graphic novel published by Oxford University Press about a slave girl in the gold coast who went to court to try and get freed. An interesting and unique approach.

  18. I have added a review on Desert by JMG Clezio. Come to think of it there are a few books on Africa I wanted to read this year. I haven’t sign up for the challenge but consider that I’m participating! Thanks for hosting.

  19. Kinna, I’ve posted the link to the second book of the Challenge, Distant View of a Minaret. It’s also here:

  20. I just finished reading and reviewing Graceland by Chris Abani. It’s a great novel about Nigeria and this boy Elvis growing up— it takes place in the early 1980s, but flashes back to earlier in his childhood growing up.

    Here’s a link to my review

  21. I’ve been reading like crazy! Some of my recent Africa-related posts: Mighty Be Our Powers (non-fiction; Liberia), Benny and Omar (adolescent lit- fiction, Tunisia), The Worst Date Ever (non-fiction, Uganda), The Unknown Soldier (graphic novel, Uganda), Slave (non-fiction; Sudan), and History of Love (fiction, Sierra Leone). Trying to read a book from every country in the world, so loving some of the posts on obscure English texts! There’s also a link to my shelfari page on this site which holds more comprehensive reviews.

  22. I’m tackling Francophone West Africa. I’ve posted two links for the following:

    – Mariama Bâ – So Long a Letter, and
    – Ousmane Sembène – Xala

  23. No 3, another one from NIgeria: The Concubine, by Elechi Amadi. My review is at

  24. I just posted my review of Purple Hibiscus on my blog.


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