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I joined the site last year and then wasn't sure what use I'd make of it. I felt - and still feel - that entering enough books to make it worthwhile is a chore. But I've started now - I decided that rather than lend books to friends that I guess they'll like, I should catalogue everything I think might be of interest and then point them to my catalogue!
I'm in Johannesburg. I haven't seen much online interest in books in SA, and what there is all seems to be in Cape Town. Why is that? :)
Nice to hear from you :)
I too find the idea of uploading my library a bit of a daunting chore... it might have to wait for a rainy winter weekend! Far too busy looking at comets and enjoying the summer sunshine at the moment :D
Hadn't thought of this site as way to keep tabs on books lent to others, but it is an excellent application (I usually scribble it down, but inevitably mislay the scrap of paper...)
Heh heh, I refuse to get drawn on any CT v JHB discussion ~ always gets me into trouble :P
Just read two books by South Africans: Close the Door Softly behind You... by Emmaleen Kriel and A Time of Angels by Patricia Schonstein. Both gentle easy reads, the former is the memoir of a woman from Paarl who did a stint as a carer and cook/housekeeper in the UK (done similar work myself) and the latter is a magic-realist fable set in Long Street. It's an area of Cape Town I know well, and there was lots of vivid detail, mention of particular places and circumstances with which I am familiar. There's a special pleasure in reading a story set in one's own environment isn't there.
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I'm in Somerset West and I have just discovered this site. It seems very interesting and I will spend some time exploring it. I hope to incorporate it on my blog.
I'm currently reading Tim Couzins's book Murder at Morija and I am finding the story intriguing and the history of the protestant missionary work in Lesotho very informative and interesting.
In preparation for the trip I read (in addition to various excellent South African newspapers and informational sites on the Net) The Bang Bang Club by Greg Marinovich, The Smell Of Apples by Mark Behr, White Boy Running by Christopher Hope, Boyhood: Scenes From A Provincial Life by J.M. Coetzee and Long Walk To Freedom: The Autobiography Of Nelson Mandela. After returning home I continued with
South From The Limpopo by the Irish writer Dervla Murphy. I am still reading Dan Sleigh's remarkable Islands.
As far as African reading is concerned, I've recently finished Africa: a modern history by Guy Arnold and Requiem for the Sudan: War, Drought and Disaster Relief on the Nile by J Millard Burr and Robert O Collins, both of which cover periods and events which I experienced so I find them very interesting.
I'm just about to start reading Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith. I read the first one ages ago and really enjoyed it but was rather slow to get the rest of the series. Beautiful books which are very sympathetic to Africa. I'm also about to start reading Bombs, Ruins and Honey by Andrew Wheeler, a friend who was an Anglican missionary in Sudan for many years.
The book is wonderful - its about the first fifty years of the settelement in Cape Town and some of the story is told in Mauritius. It is interesting to read some of the reasons why people put in prison in the 17th centruy and sodomy was punished by death.
Its kind of nice to read South African history and not be bored out of my mind.
I have been on LibraryThing for a while, but not used it properly. I am a small publisher based in Durban, and I am adding my catalogue of published books slowly.. Take a look at what is there and/or at my website at http://www.justdone.co.za/
Started with Willem Steenkamp's Borderstrike! South Africa into Angola. 1975-1980 and branched out rapidly ! :-)
Will post more here as the muse strikes..
All the best
I live in JHB and have been on LT since 2005 (this is my second account). I love this site and spend hours getting new suggestions from the different groups.
Many thanks to keren7 for pointing me here, it's very nice to know there are other librarythingers in the same timezone.
I must say, this site has made me look at my reading and compulsive book hoarding in a totally new light. At first I just tried to catalogue all my books at once, and it nearly killed me. I'm much more strategic now, either loading books I've just bought and am busy with, or unfinished books, as a motivator to finish them. Snooping through other people's libraries has also been a great way to find new books.
At the moment I'm busy with Agaat, by Marlene Van Niekerk. I tried it in Afrikaans, but couldn't manage, so now I'm busy with the English translation (a very good one, by the way).
Am I the only SA author in this group? Ama, a Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade (More at www.ama.africatoday.com) I have lived in Accra, Ghana since 1970 but move to Cape Town in December/January each summer, stock up with second-hand books, and use my SAA Voyager credits to reduce excess baggage charges on the return journey. 92 books in my library so far, practically all fiction by African authors, some in Afrikaans. I'll be building that up to 200 shortly, by which time I should be a life member. Then I'll move on to non-fiction, with an emphasis on Ghana and the Atlantic Slave Trade.
As you are in Johannesburg I wonder whether you have read any Christopher Hope. I've recently read his My Mother's Lovers, and wonder how his reading of your city chimes with other citizens thereof. I would be interested to hear (also from other Africans who know Johannesburg and other cities in South Africa).
was so depressing (not really South Africa though). I also discovered Deon Meyer for the first time and read Heart of the hunter
Have just read Margie Orford and an Afrikaans book my Deon Meyer - 13 hours. Excellent read. I love serial killer crime fiction, can not get enough of it.
part of that Dervla's book was written while she stayed with us in Cape Town. How did you find it?
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i don't really read many south african books - think it is from school days when we had were forced to read south african books (apartheid time!) & they were never really great - and also read 1 wilbur smith - sorry to all wilbur smith fans but that was 1 too many! and then i mainly enjoy magic realism type books - not a lot of south african books in that genre :)
I just joined, delighted to see you all here! a great help to have countryman around :-) (& woman of cource) lol!
God bless you all in whatever ur hands find to do!
I am Claire Datnow, I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. You may enjoy looking at my list of My Favorite African Memoirs:
Keep this group going!
I'm new on LT and I immediately joined this group since I'm curently working on my graduation thesis which concerns some aspects of South African literature and censorship (mainly in the 70s ) ...such an interesting and absorbing subject.
More in detail, the works I'm taking into consideration are:
André Brink - Looking on darkness
Nadine Gordimer - Burger's daughter
Miriam Tlali - Muriel at Metropolitan
I might ask for help and suggestions in the near future, many thanks in advance :)