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text 2018-11-14 09:57
Reading progress update: I've read 184 out of 216 pages.
Beyond compare: Art from Africa in the Bode Museum - Paola Ivanov,Julien Chapuis,Jonathan Fine

Hair: An African wooden portrait-statuette but using real hair for the - hair! Possibly the hair of the person the statuette represents. Yet another Madonna and Child. This one with startling curly locks as a prominent feature. There's a tiny chamber for holding relics - possibly a lock of hair?

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review 2018-11-12 19:52
The Return of the Water Spirit by Pepetela
The Return of the Water Spirit - Pepetela

This is a brief novella that takes aim at the hypocrisy and arrogance of Angola’s ruling classes. The political situation is symbolized by a couple: Carmina, a communist youth leader who later embraces exploitative capitalism when political winds shift; and her husband João, a well-meaning but ineffective man who retreats into computer games as the capital city of Luanda crumbles around him – quite literally, as buildings mysteriously collapse, leaving their occupants unharmed.

Knowing nothing about the country going in, I found this a fairly engaging read, and the story is well-translated, but it would likely work better for readers familiar with recent Angolan history. Magical realist and absurdist elements – like the dispossessed protesting by going nude in public – obscure the actual history, leaving the foreign reader wondering what really happened. And while it is difficult to separate the personal from the political in such a short and pointed story, there is this recurring notion that all is right in the home when the husband takes the reins and publicly chastises his wife; I wasn’t sure how much Pepetela finds Carmina’s ruling the roost objectionable simply because she’s a woman, and how much because this specific woman is morally bankrupt.

Nevertheless, this is an interesting book from which I did learn a bit about Angola, and at 100 pages it’s a very quick read.

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text 2018-11-06 09:56
Enjoy a memorable wildlife experience in South Africa

 

No land can match up to South Africa when it comes to wildlife or jungle safari. It is recognised by the presence of some of the least sighted wild animals. Wildlife enthusiasts should never miss out on an opportunity to visit South Africa for the big 5. The Big 5 are the main tourist attractions in the numerous reserves in South Africa. Travelling to South Africa has become easier and convenient with the services of Air Organisers. The travel experts ensure that your trip to South Africa is everything you want it to be. They offer customized packages for you keeping your preferences in mind. Right from the travel to the accommodation, they will have everything sorted for you. South Africa is a natural gem in the world and attracts visitors from across the globe for the natural attractions and wildlife.

 

A South Africa safari holiday is all you need to explore the land of the wild. The big 5 include African Elephant, Lion, Cape buffalo, Leopard and Black Rhino. Sighting the animals in their natural environment is a once in a lifetime experience. South Africa wildlife tour packages offer an entire spectrum of habitat types ranging from dense green forests to the arid deserts. This makes it ideal for tourists who want to make the most of their holiday. Apart from the big 5, there is an opportunity to sight numerous birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and insects. There are many game reserves and national parks where you can find different species.

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text 2018-10-27 13:40
Reading progress update: I've read 137 out of 216 pages.
Beyond compare: Art from Africa in the Bode Museum - Paola Ivanov,Julien Chapuis,Jonathan Fine

The technique of lost-wax casting of bronze was developed independently in Europe and Africa.  Owning bronze statuettes was a status symbol as the technique was difficult and expensive.

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text 2018-10-23 23:19
Reading progress update: I've read 128 out of 216 pages.
Beyond compare: Art from Africa in the Bode Museum - Paola Ivanov,Julien Chapuis,Jonathan Fine

Absolutely amazing  Ndunga mask similar to the one shown on this page:

http://raai.library.yale.edu/site/index.php?globalnav=image_detail&image_id=877

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