Eyes of the Sky

  In an earlier blog post I told you how I had surreptitiously come across Rayda Jacobs’ The Slave Book. I posted my thoughts on Ms. Jacobs’ work, daring to compare her with the South African literary giant Andre Brink. I also remarked that I accidentally tumbled into the second part of Ms. Jacob’s chronological…

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Homemaking for the Down-at-Heart

  What a pity Finuala Dowling left teaching by the time I enrolled for my first year in studies for my degree in Languages and Literature. But, then again, I will have been marked rather strictly if she read any of my papers, particularly on poetry. But, then again, the school from which I graduated…

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The Slave Book

  Rayda Jacob’s The Slave Book was first published in Cape Town in 1998 by Kwela Books, an imprint of NB Publishers. I was endeared towards Ms Jacobs after watching her film adaptation of her own novel, Confessions of Gambler, a few years ago. Before beginning my reading of The Slave Book I returned to…

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Gandhi Before India

  “Gandhi’s message of peace and non-violence holds the key to human survival in the twenty-first century.” Nelson Mandela – Ask any avid reader and lover of books. Books should be cherished. They are also frightfully expensive, particularly the longer and exceptionally good tomes. An earlier visit to my local library was the setting for a…

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