It's been four years since I last read a Kapuściński book, The Emperor. That's too long. I really think I should read more of his books now. This one I liked very much. Although the reading wasn't quick this is a book to enjoy and take some time for. It's well written, easily evoking images of Africa as it really was (or is). It's informative, teaching me a lot of things I didn't know before. And it's warm (for lack of a better word), making me care for Africans and their countries and also making me want to go there to see for myself how it is. I don't think I've ever wanted to go to Africa before so that's quite telling. Now I also want to read Adichie's book Half of a yellow sun (again a 'sunny' title), Frank Westerman's El Negro en ik and of course other books by Kapuscinski. Maybe The Shah of all shahs, Imperium, Another Day or The Soccer war and maybe even the controversial biography that will appear in NL next year.
5 August 2012