The Constant Gardener pdf

The Constant Gardener  pdf

Title: The Constant Gardener pdf

Author: John le Carré

Genre: ,Fiction,Thriller,Mystery,Cultural,Africa,Spy Thriller,Espionage

Pages: 496 pages

The Constant Gardener pdf

Now a major motion picture from Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award-nominated director of City of God ,The Constant Gardener is a magnificent exploration of the new world order by one of the most compelling and elegant storytellers of our time. The novel opens in northern Kenya with the gruesome murder of Tessa Quayle–young, beautiful, and dearly beloved to husband Justin. When Justin sets out on a personal odyssey to uncover the mystery of her death, what he finds could make him not only a suspect among his own colleagues, but a target for Tessa’s killers as well. ,A master chronicler of the betrayals of ordinary people caught in political conflict, John le Carre portrays the dark side of unbridled capitalism as only he can. In The Constant Gardener he tells a compelling, complex story of a man elevated through tragedy as Justin Quayle–amateur gardener, aging widower, and ineffectual bureaucrat–discovers his own natural resources, and the extraordinary courage of the woman he barely had time to love.

 

Half of a Yellow Sun pdf

Half of a Yellow Sun  pdf

Title: Half of a Yellow Sun pdf

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Genre: ,Fiction,Historical,Historical Fiction,Cultural,Africa,Western Africa,Nigeria,War

Pages: 433 pages

Half of a Yellow Sun pdf

A masterly, haunting new novel from a writer heralded by The Washington Post Book World as “the 21st-century daughter of Chinua Achebe,” Half of a Yellow Sun re-creates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960s, and the chilling violence that followed. ,With astonishing empathy and the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie weaves together the lives of three characters swept up in the turbulence of the decade. Thirteen-year-old Ugwu is employed as a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal. Olanna is the professor’s beautiful mistress, who has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos for a dusty university town and the charisma of her new lover. And Richard is a shy young Englishman in thrall to Olanna’s twin sister, an enigmatic figure who refuses to belong to anyone. As Nigerian troops advance and the three must run for their lives, their ideals are severely tested, as are their loyalties to one another. ,Epic, ambitious, and triumphantly realized, Half of a Yellow Sun is a remarkable novel about moral responsibility, about the end of colonialism, about ethnic allegiances, about class and race—and the ways in which love can complicate them all. Adichie brilliantly evokes the promise and the devastating disappointments that marked this time and place, bringing us one of the most powerful, dramatic, and intensely emotional pictures of modern Africa that we have ever had.

 

Out of Africa pdf

Out of Africa  pdf

Title: Out of Africa pdf

Author: Isak Dinesen,

Genre: ,Nonfiction,Cultural,Africa,Classics,Autobiography,Memoir,Biography

Pages: 399 pages

Out of Africa pdf

Out of Africa is Isak Dinesen’s memoir of her years in Africa, from 1914 to 1931, on a four-thousand-acre coffee plantation in the hills near Nairobi. She had come to Kenya from Denmark with her husband, and when they separated she stayed on to manage the farm by herself, visited frequently by her lover, the big-game hunter Denys Finch-Hatton, for whom she would make up stories “like Scheherazade.” In Africa, “I learned how to tell tales,” she recalled many years later. “The natives have an ear still. I told stories constantly to them, all kinds.” Her account of her African adventures, written after she had lost her beloved farm and returned to Denmark, is that of a master storyteller, a woman whom John Updike called “one of the most picturesque and flamboyant literary personalities of the century.”

 

Chasing the Devil: The Search for Africa’s Fighting Spirit pdf

Chasing the Devil: The Search for Africa's Fighting Spirit  pdf

Title: Chasing the Devil: The Search for Africa’s Fighting Spirit pdf

Author: Tim Butcher

Genre: ,Cultural,Africa,Travel,Nonfiction,History,Western Africa,Liberia,Western Africa,Sierra Leone

Pages: 336 pages

Chasing the Devil: The Search for Africa’s Fighting Spirit pdf

For many years Sierra Leone and Liberia have been too dangerous to travel through, bedevilled by a uniquely brutal form of violence from which sprang many of Africa’s cruellest contemporary icons. This travel book touches on one of the most fraught parts of the globe at a different moment in its history.

 

Disgrace pdf

Disgrace  pdf

Title: Disgrace pdf

Author: J.M. Coetzee

Genre: ,Fiction,Cultural,Africa,Southern Africa,South Africa,Literature,Novels

Pages: 220 pages

Disgrace pdf

Set in post-apartheid South Africa, J. M. Coetzee’s searing novel tells the story of David Lurie, a twice divorced, 52-year-old professor of communications and Romantic Poetry at Cape Technical University. Lurie believes he has created a comfortable, if somewhat passionless, life for himself. He lives within his financial and emotional means. Though his position at the university has been reduced, he teaches his classes dutifully; and while age has diminished his attractiveness, weekly visits to a prostitute satisfy his sexual needs. He considers himself happy. However, when Lurie seduces one of his students, he sets in motion a chain of events that will shatter his complacency and leave him utterly disgraced.

 

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency pdf

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency  pdf

Title: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency pdf

Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Genre: ,Mystery,Fiction,Cultural,Africa,Mystery,Crime

Pages: 235 pages

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency pdf

Precious Ramotswe has only just set up shop as Botswana’s No.1 (and only) lady detective when she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. However, the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witch doctors.

 

Cutting for Stone pdf

Cutting for Stone  pdf

Title: Cutting for Stone pdf

Author: Abraham Verghese

Genre: ,Fiction,Historical,Historical Fiction,Cultural,Africa,Book Club,Eastern Africa,Ethiopia,Health,Medicine

Pages: 541 pages

Cutting for Stone pdf

A sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel—an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home.,Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics—their passion for the same woman—that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flee his homeland. He makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him—nearly destroying him—Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him.,An unforgettable journey into one man’s remarkable life, and an epic story about the power, intimacy, and curious beauty of the work of healing others.,(front flap)

 

Cry, the Beloved Country pdf

Cry, the Beloved Country  pdf

Title: Cry, the Beloved Country pdf

Author: Alan Paton

Genre: ,Fiction,Classics,Cultural,Africa,Historical,Historical Fiction,Southern Africa,South Africa,Literature

Pages: 316 pages

Cry, the Beloved Country pdf

Cry, the Beloved Country, the most famous and important novel in South Africa’s history, was an immediate worldwide bestseller in 1948. Alan Paton’s impassioned novel about a black man’s country under white man’s law is a work of searing beauty.,Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing, nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or valley. For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much.,The eminent literary critic Lewis Gannett wrote, “We have had many novels from statesmen and reformers, almost all bad; many novels from poets, almost all thin. In Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country the statesman, the poet and the novelist meet in a unique harmony.” ,Cry, the Beloved Country is the deeply moving story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son, Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Remarkable for its lyricism, unforgettable for character and incident, Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of man.

 

Blood River: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart pdf

Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart  pdf

Title: Blood River: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart pdf

Author: Tim Butcher

Genre: ,Travel,Nonfiction,Cultural,Africa,History,Adventure,Autobiography,Memoir

Pages: 363 pages

Blood River: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart pdf

A compulsively readable account of a journey to the Congo — a country virtually inaccessible to the outside world — vividly told by a daring and adventurous journalist.,Ever since Stanley first charted its mighty river in the 1870s, the Congo has epitomized the dark and turbulent history of a failed continent. However, its troubles only served to increase the interest of Daily Telegraph correspondent Tim Butcher, who was sent to cover Africa in 2000. Before long he became obsessed with the idea of recreating Stanley’s original expedition — but travelling alone.,Despite warnings Butcher spent years poring over colonial-era maps and wooing rebel leaders before making his will and venturing to the Congo’s eastern border. He passed through once thriving cities of this country and saw the marks left behind by years of abuse and misrule. Almost, 2,500 harrowing miles later, he reached the Atlantic Ocean, a thinner and a wiser man.,Butcher’s journey was a remarkable feat. But the story of the Congo, vividly told in Blood River, is more remarkable still.,,From the Hardcover edition.

 

Things Fall Apart pdf

Things Fall Apart  pdf

Title: Things Fall Apart pdf

Author: Chinua Achebe

Genre: ,Fiction,Classics,Historical,Historical Fiction,Cultural,Africa,Academic,School,Literature

Pages: 209 pages

Things Fall Apart pdf

More than two million copies of Things Fall Apart have been sold in the United States since it was first published here in 1959. Worldwide, there are eight million copies in print in fifty different languages. This is Chinua Achebe’s masterpiece and it is often compared to the great Greek tragedies, and currently sells more than one hundred thousand copies a year in the United States.,A simple story of a “strong man” whose life is dominated by fear and anger, Things Fall Apart is written with remarkable economy and subtle irony. Uniquely and richly African, at the same time it reveals Achebe’s keen awareness of the human qualities common to men of all times and places.