African Laughter

African Laughter In This Portrait Of Doris Lessing S Homeland, The Author Recounts The Visits She Made To Zimbabwe In 1982, 1988, 1989 And 1992, After Being Banned From The Old Southern Rhodesia For 25 Years For Her Political Views And Opposition To The Minority White Government The Visits Constitute A Journey To The Heart Of A Country Whose History, Landscape, People And Spirit Are Evoked By The Author In A Narrative Of Detail She Embraces Every Facet Of Life In Zimbabwe From The Lost Animals In The Bush To Political Corruption, From AIDS To A Successful Communal Enterprise Created By Rural Blacks, And Notes The Kind Of Changes That Can Only Be Appreciated By One Who Has Lived There Before. I read this book in February 2013.Doris Lessing describes the country she left in 1947 and then revisited four times after 1980 when Robert Mugabe took over government She experiences the anger, numbness and shock of traumatized people looking in from the outside Although she lived there for 25 years, she never made a capital investments in the country meaning that she had nothing to lose when the shitzzzzos hit the fan, and couldn t care less what happened to those people who did invest in I read this book in February 2013.Doris Lessing describes the country she left in 1947 and then revisited four times after 1980 when Robert Mugabe took over government She experiences the anger, numbness and shock
Not much is written about Zimbabwe during the decade following the Bush War in which the black majority overthrew the white minority British government, especially by white expatriate women who were thrown out of the country years before the war for opposing that white government Doris Lessing, a British citizen, immigrated to Zimbabwe then Rhodesia at age 5 with her family, and was exiled in 1949 at age 35 for her anti government activities After the long and bloody war for independence was Not much is written about Zimbabwe during the decade following the Bush War in which the black majority overthrew the white minority British government, especially by white expatriate women who were thrown out of the country years before the war for opposing that white government Doris Lessing, a British citizen, immigrated to Zimbabwe then Rhodesia at age 5 with her family, and was exiled in 1949 at age 35 for her anti government activities After the long and bloody war for independence was won in 1980, she returned to her homeland four times between 1982 and 1992 This personal memoir contains reflections of her childhood and young adulthood, and chronicles the dramatic changes both since her childhood and during the postwar decade Many of these changes revolve around race relations or the natural environment Note that Lessing was in her 70
A long time ago, Africa was an idyllic place where people lived in harmony with Nature and their deities Then came the angel with the flaming sword um, I mean the European colonists, taking away their lands and riches, enslaving and outlawing them After the colonists had pulled out, the Africans were unable to adapt to the system and infrastructure they had inherited, but they were also unable to go back to their old ways Many countries slipped into anarchy, and they have not recovered sin A long time ago, Africa was an idyllic place where people lived in harmony with Nature and their deities Then came the angel with the flaming sword um, I mean the European colonists, taking away their lands and riches, enslaving and outlawing them After the colonists had pulled out, the Africans were unable to adapt to the system and infrastructure they had inherited, but they were also unable to go back to their old ways Man
Reading Lessing s fascinating accounts of modern Zimbabwe made me first glad, then ashamed, that I have not been back to Angola I lived and worked there in the early 1980s, since when it has turned from a pseudo Marxist idealistic basket case into a run of the mill kleptocracy drowning in corruption The parallels with Zimbabwe as Lessing describes it, are many, but Lessing goes beyond the obvious and the political to look at how
Doris Lessing detailes the differences between the Zimbabwe she knew as Southern Rhodesia in her childhood, and the country she visits several times, after the African majority win the Bush war over the Whites She s a Noble Prize winner and I suppose is good at story telling, but I found this book very repetitive and poorly
An excellent narration of Zimbabwean history Lessing takes the reader from the colonial times of Rhodesia to Zimbabwe of today.She gives insight on how the Rhodesians looked at indepence and black rule The attitudes and the mass exodus that follow to South Africa She describes the loss felt and shows other families choosing to return She depicts the difficulties they face when they leave to other places She a
Doris Lessing is a fantastic writer and I got a lot out of reading this book I did choose not to finish it because it was depressing racism, white supremacy, extreme poverty and because too many good and easy to read mystery novels came available on my local library holds shelf Tant pis. Decided to read her non fiction as a prelude to her fiction Really enjoyed this, but have yet to open that Golden Notebook One day. Doris Lessing grew up in Southern Rhodesia now Zimbabwe This book describes four trips she took to her former homeland in the 80s early 90s Each of the sections leans heavily on her impressions of the people and places she visits There are numerous long quotations and descriptions of things she is seeing and hearing as she eavesdrops in cafes or interviews strangers Trip one describes visiting her brother and remembering her past This is right w
I have heard so much about Doris Lessing She was the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature How I wanted to be enriched by such an acclaimed author I read halfway through this book and just had to stop While I did learn about Southern Rhodesia, which turned into the country now known as Zimbabwe, I found that I was trying to read through a dry textbook Doris grew up in her beloved Southern Rhodesia She had the fondest memories of the bush and its cacophony of animal noises She spent her I have heard so much about Doris Lessing She was the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature How I wanted to be enriched by such an acclaimed author I read halfway through this book and just had to stop While I did learn about Southern Rhodesia, which turned into the country now known as Zimbabwe, I found that I was trying to read through a dry textbook Doris grew up in her beloved Southern Rhodesia She had the fondest memories of the bush and its cacophony of animal noises She spent her first visit back to Zimbabwe, talking to her brother about what life had been like, living and loving the bush She was dismayed to find the dwindling of animal life in the bush, and the silence of the bush Doris was also dismayed

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  • Paperback
  • 442 pages
  • African Laughter
  • Doris Lessing
  • English
  • 04 September 2017
  • 0006546900