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RachelO
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind | William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer
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I was wind-turbine spotting my entire journey home while reading this the other day. Such a good book!

William grows up in #Malawi, helping on the farm, curious about everything, and with a desire to learn. I don‘t think I‘ve ever read a description of famine from someone who‘s lived through it, the fact that you knew it was coming and could do nothing to avert it. And after, his desire to educate himself, & his persistence to build his windmill.

RachelO Absolutely loved it. A fascinating story well-told. Belated #readaroundtheworld #Malawi, plus #BBRC #GrownUp #nonfiction and #nfnov #booked2019 #booktomovie #nonfiction2019 #aboutsurvival 17h
RachelO Can you tell it‘s the wrapping-up-challenges time of year?! 17h
Cinfhen Well played!!! And the fact that you loved it....makes it even BETTER😁 17h
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s a great book! 17h
LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 17h
BookwormM You are really on a roll with SA any options for Togo 16h
RachelO @BookwormM Think it‘s going to be tough to find anything - the library usually has something tucked away in the stack, but apparently has made an exception for Togo. So far, this is the option: 12h
RachelO @BookwormM ... but I‘m not sure I really want to tackle it. Have you found anything? 12h
Clwojick 🙌OH my gosh! Look at all those challenge tags! Love it! well done 🙌 7h
rsteve388 6pts 7h
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RachelO
Evening Primrose | Kopano Matlwa
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#readaroundtheworld #SouthAfrica

She had me from the first few pages (TMI in comments) - so much going on in such a short novel. Life as a student doctor in South Africa, trying to work out the path to take against the xenophobia aimed at your flatmate, and Just So Tired. (I thought she wrote tiredness so well!) And that‘s before the horrific event takes place. It‘s written as journal entries- I found it powerful and affecting. Trigger Warnings.

RachelO Matlwa won me over straight away. I lived with undiagnosed menorrhagia (heavy bleeding) for maybe 15 years, just dismissed as standard ‘women‘s problems‘ - I quite simply can‘t imagine being in that situation from the very start. Unsurprisingly, it‘s not a topic I‘ve ever seen written about, but it was very real, very well-done. Big thanks to doctors & med staff who stick with medicine despite the tiredness and hate. 17h
Reggie Sounds good! I didn‘t do the spoiler but still stacked. 4h
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BookwormM
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#Reading1001 #ReadAroundtheWorld #Uruguay

Book 2 of the memory of fire I enjoyed this one even more than the first the way the stories weave together is magical I love this different perspective on western history.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3041722714

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BookwormM
Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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#ReadAroundtheWorld #SouthAfrica

5 stars

A brilliant read that deserves all the love it is getting.

It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think, it made me mad and it taught me about a time and place I didn't know about.

Full review here https://thereadersroom.org/2019/11/15/read-around-the-world-south-africa/hickleb...

LaurensLibrary I loved this one, too! 5d
Hooked_on_books Awesome book. It‘s amazing on audio. 4d
CafeMom My son read this book for school and he actually liked it. 1d
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Simona
Burger's Daughter | Nadine Gordimer
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Rosa is the daughter of a communist, activist in the anti-apartheid movement, and after his death she is confronted with his legacy. At the heart of this story is apartheid,but this is also the story about inner, intimate struggles. And that is exactly what makes this story masterful and complex. A very political story set in 70‘s, about white guilt, responsibility and where ideas and themes are presented through characterization. Powerful.

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RachelO
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#NewClassic #BBRC #readaroundtheworld #SouthAfrica

When toddler Dineo falls seriously ill, her older siblings set off on the long walk to find their mother, who‘s working in Johannesburg. This was written to help children understand what life under apartheid actually meant, and I‘m sorry to say I learnt so many things from it. I took particular note of the schoolchildren marching in the streets and striking from school as their learning only 👇

RachelO equipped them to become servants. Naidoo herself regrets that her own schooling as a white South African never encouraged her to think or question or even truly see the situation around her. (edited) 2w
LibrarianRyan Wow. Sounds heavy. I‘ll have to look into it. 2w
RachelO @LibrarianRyan It‘s definitely MG level - it packs a lot of information in but keeps things ultimately hopeful and not-too-grim. Written in 1985. 2w
BookwormAHN Heavy but hopeful. I'll also look into it. 2w
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Simona
Burger's Daughter | Nadine Gordimer
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#WeeklyForecast
- currently reading Burger‘s Daughter by N.Gordimer for #ReadAroundTheWorld #SouthAfrica This story about apartheid and communism in South Africa is 🤯
- current audiobook in progress is Stalin‘s Daughter by R.Sullivan for #NfNov and is excellent nonfiction companion to the fictional Burger‘s Daughter. I have only 5 hours till the end of the book, so my next audiobook is going to be Norse Mythology by N.Gaiman for #AuthorAMonth

RachelO These look good! 2w
Cinfhen Books and photo are all very appealing 🥰 2w
rsteve388 1 pt 2w
Simona @RachelO @Cinfhen Thank you ☺️I‘m really pleased with my current books selection! 2w
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Simona
The Magic Mountain | Thomas Mann
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It took me a whole month to finished this story about sick young man and his contemplation about world, death, love, literature, history, society, time .... very philosophical, many ideas, written in lush, rich language, but for me it wasn‘t just too plotless (and I usually like plotless stories), but it was also very cold, soulless story.
I finished only first part, but I‘m totally counting it as finished prompt for #ReadAroundTheWorld #Germany

BarbaraBB It meanders on and on, I know what you mean! 3w
Simona @BarbaraBB I usually have ‘sitzleder‘ for stories like this, but I couldn‘t read more than 10 pages in one sitting and I felt exhausted ... I just need some rest from it, before I start second part. 3w
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BookwormM
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#ReadAroundtheWorld It‘s nearly November which means it‘s nearly time to visit #SouthAfrica what do you plan to read? Any authors you would recommend?

RachelO I‘m probably planning to read my Germany book 🙄🙄🙄! Don‘t have a proper plan for this yet. I‘m guessing you‘ve all read Trevor Noah‘s book? I have a spare copy if anyone would like it - it‘s v funny. 3w
RachelO Other recommendations- if you fancy really surreal short stories : 3w
Currey I am going to read 3w
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RachelO OK, I‘ll either be reading the tagged, or a crime novel by Jassy Mackenzie (edited) 3w
Simona Still reading Magic Mountain by T.Mann and there is no way that I will finished it till November ... but I already have from library my pick for November 3w
BookwormM @RachelO I haven‘t read that one yet didn‘t realise it would count thanks for the suggestion 3w
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Simona
Magic Mountain | Thomas Mann
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After I skipped Malawi in September, Magic Mountain is my pick for Germany #ReadAroundTheWorld in October. My progress is in the pace of the 🐌, but I really enjoy in the lush prose and I really enjoy in my quiet lunch breaks.

Tove_Reads Why did you skip Malawi? 1mo
Simona @Tove_Reads September was stressful and busy month for me, so I decided that I‘ll skip all reading challenges... 1mo
RachelO Nice to see you! 🌷 1mo
Simona @RachelO Thank you 😊 It‘s nice to have time (and energy) for reading 😘 1mo
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