May Book 3 (Dance With a Poor Man’s Daughter)

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How in the… I just realised that I read THREE books in May. I don’t remember reading 3 books, but I remember the books. Anyway… I am sharing the books that I read last year. Pulled this from my old blog:

I realise that I said I wouldn’t be reading another book this month because I had quite a bit of writing and album stuff to take care of. So I’m gonna sort of hang my head in shame for a few seconds. *pause*

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The third book for this month is by Pamela Jooste (Dance With a Poor Man;s Daughter). This was another one of those books that my friend Amanda was kind enough to lend me. The book is set in Cape Town during the beginning of coloured people’s forced removals (from ‘The Valley’ to the Cape Flats). It is told told from the perspective of eleven year old Lilly who lives with her grandmother and aunt Stella. The story itself is one that I enjoyed a lot, but there was something about the book that felt a little ‘superficial’. I guess not every author is a Toni Morrison or a Zakes Mda and I certainly cannot hold that against Pamela Jooste. There was a moment when I did entertain that the book could feel a little ‘superficial’ because it is written by a white woman from the perspective of a young coloured girl. I wont spoil the book for you because those are all my own things.

I really did enjoy the story even if I did find it a little ‘holey’ sometimes. Like I always say; read the book and it might be something you enjoy.

Be The Change

Once a week I try and look for something that strengthens my belief in human kind. Something that makes me think ‘yeah we’re gonna be okay’. There so much to feel bad about, so I’ve started looking for the good. I came across these images on The Religion of Peace tumblr.

Protest in Manhattan over Israel's action in Gaza

Protest in Manhattan over Israel's action in Gaza

Protest in Manhattan over Israel's action in Gaza

Protest in Manhattan over Israel's action in GazaText from The Religion of Peace: The “Jews Say No” movement held a protest in Upper Manhattan expressing their opposition to the recent air attacks by Israel on the Gaza strip. They stood silently, holding posters and placards which voiced their concerns. New York, USA, 22nd August, 2011. (Demotix Images)

May Book 2 (A Brother’s Journey)

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Last year I attempted to read one books a month. It was such a wonderful experiment. I am sharing the book that I read last year. This post is pulled directly from my old blog:

The plan was to finish off the latest draft of my manuscript… But you don’t need me to tell you how tempting everything becomes when there is writing to be done. Today was one of those days where I literally had to sit around waiting for people to do things. So I took a book with me. I had started ‘sort of’ reading it yesterday; the intention was not to get into it.

The book is by Richard B. Pelzer and it is a story about his childhood and how he survived an abusive mother. When I read this book I had no idea that he had a brother who had also written a book about their abusive life (David, who is known as IT in the book). It is a true story and one that left me feeling so sad. I was saddened because Richard seems to think that everyone around them (family, neighbours and teachers) knew what their mother was doing but nobody did anything.

Richard is one of 5 boys who lived with an alcoholic and obviously mentally ill mother. At first her abuse and hate is directed at David, known as IT, but when the authorities take David away she picks Richard as his ‘replacement’. I couldn’t put the book down because I was hoping that someone would come and save him.

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I now want to read his brother’s book: A Boy Called It. No more books this month. I NEED to finish the latest draft.

Why Not?

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Why Not?

I’ve decided that this year I’m going to work on some D.I.Y projects for my home. Nothing major just some stuff to make it feel more ‘me’.

I never thought I would say thins, but this Jack Daniels hand wash/mouth wash dispenser is charming. So… So me! (Via The Classy Issue – click on image to go there)

“Following your…

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“Following your bliss is not self-indulgent, but vital; your whole physical system knows that this is the way to be alive in this world and the way to give to the world the very best that you have to offer. There is a track just waiting for each of us and once on it, doors will open that were not open before and would not open for anyone else.”
– Joseph Campbell

Truth!

May Book (Gem Squash Tokoloshe)

Last year I decided to read one book a month and I did a post about it on my old blog. I’m sharing some of those post. Pulled this directly from my old bog.

It took me forever to finish the March book, but it feels like I flew through this months book (Gem Squash Tokoloshe). I had never heard of the author or the book, as mentioned before. Half of the book is set in the 80s (South Africa) and it is told by a seven year old girl named Faith. She lives on a farm with her parents and is oblivious to how big or bad the world. All she knows is her family, their community and the ‘fairies’ that her mother often tells her about.

Faith’s world falls starts unraveling when her parents separate and it seems nothing goes right from that point on. I don’t want to ruin the book for you, so I can’t go into too much detail. The second part of the book is from the perspective of Faith in her 20s. Again I can’t say much but you begin to see the impact that the events of her childhood have had on her.

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I love the story because of how it was stuck between the ‘real’ world and a ‘mystical’ one. I enjoy those kind of things, which is why Beloved is one of my favourite books. Be warned you will come across the k-word a few times. If that doesn’t put you off, keep reading

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