Books have always been my safe place. 3 books made me feel better, helping me survive my pregnancy woes. Reading has been my lifesaver since day one of this process.
Mhudi by Sol T. Plaatje
A wonderful book that was first published in 1940. It is an epic story of love, courage, determination, and the ability to face your innermost fears. This is a book that I would recommend to any young man who is just beginning to understand himself, his family, and those around him. It has many lessons of life that we can all relate to
Sue Nyathi’s recently launched her book, The Gold Diggers. I was certainly not expecting to read quite a sad story. Sad is not the right word, unfortunate maybe? I have friends who are from Zim, Ghana, and Nigeria. As I was reading The Gold Diggers I realized the contrast between my friends from Zim and the people I was reading about. Yes sure, my friends’ families came here way before Zim fell but still, I could not fathom any of them having to cross the crocodile-filled river seeking refuge and work in SA. All the characters that Nyathi narrated in this book, is someone’s story. The last part of the book was even sadder (for me), it just tore my heart. If only books like The Gold Diggers would stir enough emotion to change perceptions and the nonchalant attitude towards our brethren. Thank you, Sue, for writing these stories!
This book is amazing! It’s a really well-written story of a young hairdresser who is gay and falls in love with his friend. I know many people who have gone through similar experiences and it really hits home. It’s very interesting to see how others handle things differently from how I would handle them. It is important that children are taught that it’s okay to be different as well as accepted for who they are – no matter their sexuality! We still have a long way to go but things are getting better, there is hope in humanity!!