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A level syllabus - good fictional books about the colonisation of Africa and its aftermath

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Sparrows12 · 12/10/2012 13:59


This is one of the three subject areas my daughter will be covering in A level history starting in September. We don't know much about this field of history. Can anyone recommend any readable fiction? I thought straightaway of the amazing Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I also seem to remember Paul Theroux - Mosquito Coast? Is Heart of Darkness readable? Does anyone have any good ideas? She likes good quality descriptive writing that is readable, with a decent storyline.

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racingheart · 12/10/2012 18:44

Nadine Gordimer and JM Coetzee both write brilliantly on South Africa. So does Doris Lessing.
Albert Camus in translation might be good on Algiers as he lived there, and is a fantastic writer.

FraterculaArctica · 12/10/2012 18:46

Elspeth Huxley - Red Strangers

AgentProvocateur · 12/10/2012 18:47

A good man in Africa, by william Boyd.

stopcallingmefrank · 12/10/2012 19:07

Things Fall Apart or Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe

beatricequimby · 12/10/2012 20:04

Definitely anything by Chinua Achebe. She might also like Half of a Yellow Sun or Purple Hibiscus by Chinamanda Ngozi Adiche. Set in Nigeria, more modern setting than Achebe but they are beautifully written.

Sparrows12 · 13/10/2012 07:43

These are really helpful - I had forgotten about William boyd, and never even heard of chinua achebe.

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complexnumber · 15/10/2012 09:23

How about The River Between by Ngugi wa Thiongo. The missionaries come and attempt to stop FGM. It is written by a male author and I think it is quite interesting to question why women and women's bodies are the receptacles of tradition and whether a woman would have written the same book.

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