The Masque of Africa

The Masque of Africa

Glimpses of African Belief

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Nobel Prize-winning author Naipaul spirals outward from the central African country of Uganda, to Nigeria, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Gabon, and concluding in South Africa, to unearth in six chapters a sense of African ancestral belief and practice.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : A.A. Knopf, c2010
ISBN: 9780307399953
0307399958
9780307270733
Characteristics: 241 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Mask of Africa

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Sep 12, 2016

Unlike his other travel books, this one isn't filled with description (Middle Passage), conversation (Beyond Belief), a mix of perception, reflection, meditation, and judgement (Area of Darkness; Wounded Civilization; Among the Believers; Million Mutinies Now), instead, he for the most part records his experiences. Some of the things one learns are odd: apart from bush meat (eg., elephants and monkeys), people eat cats and bats, and he even describes preferred ways to killing cats. The tone is solemn and sad: "The bush was almost barren of wildlife, but these people were managing to squeeze out the last remnants, while their fertile land remained largely unused." (pg. 130)

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teemsum
May 12, 2015

Enlightening.

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