Book: Rainbow Diary: A Journey in the New South Africa, by John Malathronas
Where I got it: Free Kindle download
Length: 362 pages
Briefly, it’s a “chronicle… (of) a journey in one of the most beautiful countries on Earth.”
Comments: Behind the author’s lightness of style (I wondered at first if it would be all just an account of nightclubs, doing drugs, and gay pickups) there is a wealth of material about the history, geography, politics and social reality of South Africa in this book. I was often reminded of my first introduction to the various South African states through a childhood stamp-collecting album, where I came across the names such as Transvaal, Orange Free State, and Rhodesia. What a tragic history. What a long, long way the people of South Africa have to go. More than ever I want to read a good biography of F. W. de Klerk.
Challenges: Ebook reading challenge; Non-fiction challenge