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Jun 16th, 2012, 08:34 PM
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Books set/about Africa

I thought I remembered a post on this topic but I cannot find it. I love to read travel biographies or fictional books set in the regions we are travelling to or thinking of travelling to. Right now I am interested in hearing recommendations for books set in Africa, Egypt,Jordan & Morocco. Do any of youhave any good recommendations? Thanks!
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Jun 17th, 2012, 06:18 AM
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Two I have really enjoyed....

Out of Africa - Isak Dineson
Don't Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight - Alexandra Fuller
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Jun 17th, 2012, 11:39 AM
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Have really enjoyed books by Tony Park altho they're very difficult to get in North America.

Had to have mine shipped to Canada from the UK.

They're fiction and the few I've read take place in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
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Jun 18th, 2012, 07:19 PM
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Before we went to Morocco, I read several books. I esp. liked Queen Noor: Leap of Faith, a memoir and The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca by Tahir Shah. I think your choice of counties sounds fabulous!!!
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Jun 20th, 2012, 04:00 PM
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A few more recommendations -
Set in Botswana - The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith
Detective Kubu mystery series - by Michael Stanley
Twenty chickens for a Saddle by Robyn Scott (growing up in Botswana0

Set in East Africa - The Bolter by Frances Osborne
The Temptress by Paul Spicer
A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

Set in Uganda - Dangerous Beauty by Mark C. Ross
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Jun 21st, 2012, 09:06 AM
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Try this:

http://www.fodors.com/community/afri...ican-books.cfm
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Jun 21st, 2012, 03:23 PM
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Read anything you can find by Peter Godwin.
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Jun 22nd, 2012, 07:28 PM
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Cinnamon city by Miranda Innes and a House in Fez by Suzanna Clarke are good titles for intending Morocco travellers.

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Jun 23rd, 2012, 11:46 AM
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Thanks everyone. I am taking notes!
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Jun 23rd, 2012, 07:24 PM
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I'll be in Chapters tomorrow.
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Jun 24th, 2012, 12:03 AM
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Abyssinian Chronicles -set in Uganda
The Last King of Scotland (the BOOK) --set in Uganda
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Jun 24th, 2012, 08:27 AM
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Just saw a notice of a new book from Alexandra Fuller "Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness"
( her previous book is " Let's Not Go to the Dogs Tonight")
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Jun 30th, 2012, 12:03 PM
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I think a few are mentioned above but I'm just cutting & pasting this whole list of mine from another thread:

Morocco:

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
Let It Come Down - PB
The Spider's House - PB
Collected Stories 1939 - 1976 by PB
A Street in Marrakech - Elizabeth Warnock Fernea
Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatima Mernissi
White Gold by Giles Milton
Hope & Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami
The Road to Fez by Ruth Knafo Setton
Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud
The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca by Tahir Shah
Allah's Garden by Thomas Hollowell
The Voices of Marrakesh by Elias Canetti
What Went Wrong: Western Impact & Middle Eastern Response by Bernard Lewis

Egypt:

Down the Nile by Rosemary Mahoney
The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit by Lucette Lagnado

Jordan:
Leap of Faith: An Unexpected Life by Queen Noor

Africa:
My Traitor's Heart by Rian Malan
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
West With the Night by Beryl Markham
Into Africa by Martin Dugard
What is the What by Dave Eggers
Mating by Norman Rush
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
When a Crocodile Eats the Sun by Peter Godwin
Malaria Dreams by Stuart Stevens
Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan
Whatever You Do, Don't Run by Peter Allison
Cry of the Kalahari by Mark and Delia Owens
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith
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Jul 1st, 2012, 09:49 PM
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I also love the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series by McCall Smith - set in Botswana - charming.

Also a big fan of Peter Allison - in addition to the one mentioned "Whatever You Do, Don't Run" he has another called "Don't Look Behind You" - he's a guide and writes humorously about his experiences.

"The Elephant Whisperer" by Lawrence Anthony was fascinating. He has another book that I believe has just come out or is about to about Rhinos, but it must be coming out posthumously as he recently died.

Just back from my first trip to Africa and have a couple I downloaded but didn't finish yet - one is "Safari Jema" by Teresa O'Kane - may only be available as ebook, not sure - started it and enjoying it a lot - memoirs of author's various travels in Africa.

Also have "Life, Love and Elephants" which was recommended by a friend but haven't started it yet.
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Jul 2nd, 2012, 11:43 AM
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I've just finished "Casting with a Fragile Thread" by Wendy Kann, and loved it. It's a story of the author and her two sisters growing up in what was then Rhodesia. Beautiful and sad, and beautifully written.
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Jul 10th, 2012, 10:55 AM
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Thanks again everyone. I have my list & will be looking inot all the ones I have not already read.
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Jul 10th, 2012, 07:45 PM
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Mid way thru "Cocktail Hour Under The Tree of Forgetfulness " by Alexandra Fuller and really enjoying it.

I mean how can you not love a book with a title like that??

Would be a riot spending time with her mother.
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Jul 11th, 2012, 08:06 AM
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So true KathBC
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Dec 1st, 2012, 10:46 AM
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Safari Jema, A Journey of Love and Adventure from Casablanca to Cape Town by Teresa O'Kane won 2012 Indie Book Award for Best Memoir and is getting rave reviews on Amazon.com.

Also, I just finished Land of a Thousand Hills by Rosamond Carr. She moved to Rwanda in 1949. This book is an excellent memoir about living in Africa and the best book I've read about the conflicts between Tutsi and Huti in Rwanda and the Congo.

Ditto the positive remarks about Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, which has to be the best title ever of an African memoir.
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Safari Jema, A Journey of Love and Adventure from Casablanca to Cape Town by Teresa O'Kane won 2012 Indie Book Award for Best Memoir and is getting rave reviews on Amazon.com.

Also, I just finished Land of a Thousand Hills by Rosamond Carr. She moved to Rwanda in 1949. This book is an excellent memoir about living in Africa and the best book I've read about the conflicts between Tutsi and Huti in Rwanda and the Congo.

Ditto the positive remarks about Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, which has to be the best title ever of an African memoir.
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