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Book Review: Like Mayflies in a Stream by Shauna Roberts

Unlike many of my learned friends I’d never read Gilgamesh until this year. This poem is considered the first great heroic narrative (until an older one is found) and is a great read, at least the translation I read. I was inspired to read this epic after reading Shauna Robert’s excellent interpretation, Like Mayflies in […]

Wednesday April 20th, 2011 in My Library | Comments Off on Book Review: Like Mayflies in a Stream by Shauna Roberts

The World of the Swahili – John Middleton

In anticipation of the release of Changa’s Safari I decided to site one of my sources, The World of the Swahili by John Middleton. I purchased this book long after the manuscript was completed but it has been very beneficial during the revision. The Swahili are a people located along coastal East African. Although their […]

Monday May 10th, 2010 in My Library | Comments Off on The World of the Swahili – John Middleton

Gassire’s Lute – A West African Epic

“Four times¬†Wagadu rose. A great city, gleaming in the light of day. Four times Wagadu fell. And disappeared from human sight. Once through vanity. Once through¬†dishonesty. Once through greed. Once through discord.” Thus begins Gassire’s Lute, a West African epic poem of the Soninke, the rulers of the ancient kingdom of Ghana. Gassire’s Lute tells […]

Wednesday January 20th, 2010 in My Library | 10 Comments »