Includes bibliographical references.
|Statement||by Kathleen M. E. Lillingston.|
|LC Classifications||BV3625.U3 L54 1939|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||vi, 77 p.,  leaves of plates :|
|Number of Pages||77|
|LC Control Number||75328803|
From V. S. Naipaul: “For my travel books I travel on a theme. And the theme of The Masque of Africa is African belief. I begin in Uganda, at the center of the continent, do Ghana and Nigeria, the Ivory Coast and Gabon, and end at the bottom of the continent, in South by: His present book, The Masque of Africa, is Naipaul's first travel writing since 's Beyond Belief, and it takes on the question of African belief -- the fundamental views of the world held by people he meets in Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Gabon, and South : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Like all of V. S. Naipaul’s “travel” books, The Masque of Africa encompasses a much larger narrative and purpose: to judge the effects of belief (in indigenous animisms, the foreign religions of Christianity and Islam, the cults of leaders and mythical history) upon the progress of V. S. Naipaul: “For my travel books I travel on a theme. Fiction and non-fiction books set completely or at least partially in Uganda. Score A book’s total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book.
The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief (Vintage International) - Kindle edition by Naipaul, V. S.. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief (Vintage International).Reviews: Overall, I think the book is a failure. "Against that ordinariness, which consumed everything, there was no defense", says Naipaul about modern-day Kampala almost at the beginning of the book. This statement defines, in my opinion, the general mood of the book. Naipaul never warms to his s: In these ‘glimpses’, the shadows of characters such as Uganda’s tyrant, Idi Amin, are recalled, as are the enlightened spirits of others like Germany’s Willy Brandt and Nelson Mandela – all of whom Ramphal encountered in his global life. The book is also a remarkable account of the Caribbean’s ambivalence about integration. Credit it to the idiosyncrasies of a book reviewer, but one of the passages in Sir Shridath "Sonny" Ramphal's memoirs, "Glimpses of a Global Life" (Hansib Publications Ltd., Hertford, UK, pages, photos, appendixes, index, $ from ; Kindle edition, $) that got my immediate attention was his visit to Idi Amin's Uganda with his English-born wife Lois.
I was hoping to get started there on this book about the nature of African belief, and I thought it would be better to ease myself into my subject in a country I knew or half knew. But I found the place eluding me. I had gone to Uganda in to be a writer in residence at Makerere University in Kampala, the capital. This book is essentially a collection of sequential, linked short stories. Like most short story collections, I enjoyed some stories more than others. Taken as a whole, though, I thought the book did a very effective job of conveying the history and culture of Uganda in a very satisfying and moving way. Overall a good read/5(62). The Masque of Africa Glimpses of African Belief. Date Author By tafo Category The "Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief is an important book, though admittedly, it is a work of a giant in the wane. This is not V.S. Naipaul at his majestic best. His attempt to examine African belief is half-hearted, his desire to learn about the Africans is only partial but worse, his reportage of what he sees and experiences is /5(97).