Wow! When I posted the Africa Reading Challenge back in December 2007, I didn’t imagine so much interest. 50 people have now posted reading lists, and 60 reviews have been posted: here are the most recent ten, from Egypt to South Africa, from Congo to Kenya. It’s great to see familiar works (Things Fall Apart) and unfamiliar (the Akpan book, which I’ll be getting thanks to Amani’s awesome quote – see No 8 below).
- Challenge of the Barons, by Lekan Are / Nigeria (Magic Man)
- The Wizard of the Nile: The Hunt for Africa’s Most Wanted, by Matthew Green / Uganda (Rob Crilly)
- Paradise, by Mike Resnick / Kenya (sort of) (La Lucuma)
- Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad / Congo (elgoose)
- Chameleon Days, by Tim Bascom / Ethiopia (Kate)
- Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe / Nigeria (elgoose)
- Mine Boy, by Peter Abraham / South Africa (Angela)
- Say You’re One of Them, by Uwem Akpan / Nigeria, Gabon, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya (Amani): “If you are looking for a super depressing book to read, then look no further… It’s obvious that Mr. Akpan is a tremendous talent.”
- The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith / Botswana (Alisia)
- The Yacoubian Building, by Alaa Al Aswany (tr. Humphrey Davies) / Egypt (Alisia)
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I’ve just run across this; oddly, it fits right in with reading I’ve been doing myself recently. There’s a list of african works I’ve acquired on my blog “The Compost Heap”; I’ll get a post up later today about the “African Reading Challenge” and will start work on my first review. This is a great idea; I’ve discovered there’s a large amount of fine writing going on in Africa that deserves to be more widely known.