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Friday, June 12, 2015

Book Review - Afric by Eileen Enwright Hodgetts

Book Review
Afric
by Eileen Enwright Hodgetts

Book Description
A drama ripped from today’s headlines

1963 As European colonists flee the Congo, a witchdoctor finds an abandoned child and teaches him the power of hatred. A hundred miles to the east, six American hippies on a joy ride across Africa, crash their VW bus in to a cemetery. While they wait for repairs they scandalize the local missionaries and Brenda Carter impulsively marries an African student.

2013: Brenda Carter brings Sarah, her deeply troubled granddaughter to Africa to explore her roots and meet her grandfather; the man Brenda married and abandoned fifty years before. When a Peace Corps worker is murdered, a baby is kidnapped, and all contact with the outside world is severed by a torrential rain storm, Sarah becomes an unwilling investigator making the connection between the abandoned boy from the Congo, the truth behind her grandmother’s marriage, and fifty years of undercover CIA involvement in the politics of Africa. A compelling tale of Africa today where witchdoctors co-exist with modern medicine, where warlords carry cell phones, and where one small nation stands at the cross roads of America’s War on Terror.

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Our Book Review
That feeling when you start reading a book and you know after one line this is the book for you, this is that book.  An excellent read, I love the fact that it is centered around a country and continent which has a lot of mystique and tradition, which we are still trying to understand.

Based around East Africa and Uganda this story is about witchcraft, war, tribal feuds and control. If you understand African traditions, beliefs and general way of life then this is the book for you. If you don't, then a word of caution, you will find certain parts of the story line upsetting.

The novel revolves around a murder and a baby, who has been cursed by the local witch doctor and who the warlord wants in order to cure his tribe.  On the other side we have a young 18 year old american girl who on her first visit to Uganda believes it is her destiny to rescue and keep the baby from harm.

The historic references and the fact that the story jumps from the past to the present explains the changes and the power struggle which ensues.  It's fast paced, with excellent descriptive scenes and describes perfectly the rules of a nation where the basic rule and law is to survive.  Also along with this is the way of the tribes and how you are dealt within that tribe depicts how you will treat and behave towards outsiders and nothing stops the tribe moving on ruling by terror.

I cannot praise this book high enough and this is my favourite read of the year,  I must again stress that it is down to the tribal feuds and understanding of the story line, as mentioned some readers might find this upsetting.
Our Rating
'easy'
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About the Author
Eileen Enwright Hodgetts is a much traveled writer. Brought up in England and Wales, she has also lived and worked in South Africa and Uganda. Eileen and her husband, Graham, now make their home in the USA. Eileen’s life experiences allow her to use exotic backgrounds for her novels and to understand how an adventure can begin with just one small incident. For ten years she directed a humanitarian mission in East Africa as an employee of Christ Church at Grove Farm in Sewickley, PA. and her whole family continues to be involved in Uganda through the Ugandan Gold Coffee project bringing coffee to the United States and returning the profits to Uganda to be used for drilling water wells.


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10 comments:

  1. This sounds very interesting and hard hitting, I love it when fiction combines fact too.

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  2. this looks like something i would enjoy reading, thanks. i hadn't heard of it before

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  3. oooh thankyou for this another book to add to my list x

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  4. This looks like a very good book to read. I like stories with lots of plots and deep stories that get me inside them.

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  5. This sounds like a book that would keep me reading non stop! Fact mixed with fiction can really get a reader involved and maybe even learn a thing or two--whether they like what they learn or not!

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  6. Wow! I just told my husband I wanted to visit Africa some day. This sounds like something that I would love to dive into!

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  7. That's really high praise you gave it! I love when a book grabs me from the get-go too.

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  8. Oooh my husband would really like to read this I just know it. Forget my reading list, I am just going to buy it and surprise him. Thanks!

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  9. I love this review and it makes me want to read the book now. This sounds like an amazing read indeed. I will have to get this one for sure. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. This book sounds interesting. Thanks for your review.

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