I am so excited about this; I really nerd out on Mauritania. I desperately want to go there, but feel like it’s 100% out of my league. I follow all sorts of accounts from the country on social media, and I love that my Instagram feed is full of beautiful photos of the desert and the sea.
So ready to dig and read something from a place that already inhabits a vibrant spot in my imagination!
On a negative side note: I am really not enjoying the WordPress updates. The Block Editor is not pleasurable to use. At all.
Flag of Mauritania (image in the Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
Location of Mauritania (image in the Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
Map of Mauritania (image in the Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
This is such a good book. I love it, without reservations.
If you’ve been following this blog, you already know I don’t do full reviews. I’m not going to tell you much about what happens, or offer critiques from a literary standpoint…none of that. Those restrictions make for some awkward going sometimes, but it’s the only fair way to log this journey and share what I’ve learned, while at the same time giving you all the freedom to uncover these books in your own way.
So, I’ll keep this brief, even though I could ramble on for hours…the author, Nathacha Appanah, has managed to put into words all of the intensity and ferocity of love, and of loss. It was so recognizable and yet so often unseen, it took my breath away.
It’s that good. That’s all I’m going to say.
You’ll also learn some really interesting, not-talked-about-much history, but that’s for you to find out…
The book I chose for Uganda was Tropical Fish, Tales from Entebbe by Doreen Baingana.
Such a good book! Well-written, great characters, a super solid sense of place; it’s everything you hope to find in a work of fiction, but so often don’t. I really enjoyed it, and highly recommend it.
The story is told through the viewpoints of three sisters. Their experiences of the world are all very different, but one common thread is that they are growing up during a time of conflict, doing the best they can to bring some normalcy to chaos. The setting is during Adi Amin’s rule, but the crazy-making by the people “in charge” could apply to anywhere, anytime.
Like now, for instance.
“The change was gradual and the result normal, like many other thing’s about Amin’s time, including the every day fear in the air. She remembered how everyone had laughed in astonishment then got used to it… Everyone adjusted to the upside-down week, the upside down life, including other unbelievable and ugly things she didn’t want to think about. The bad smell had become familiar.”