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Mshookquilts
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I‘m not big on memoirs but this is an excellent read! Ousman (& his translator) make you feel like you are right there with him as he gives you a concise description of what it is like to be a young boy/youth on a many yeared journey through desert and sea and various countries to try to better your life.

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The Other Man | Farhad J. Dadyburjor
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The Other Man | Farhad J. Dadyburjor
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As India approaches the decriminalisation of homosexuality, Ved Mehra, the closeted gay son of a millionaire businessman, finds himself under increasing pressure to get married as he approaches 40. He gets engaged to Disha, an eligible heiress found by his mother, but then meets the love of his life. 👎

Reggie I have this on kindle. I‘ll have to give it a try. 2mo
Reggie Also, if you ever come across a movie called Fire, made in 1997, directed by Deepa Mehta, watch it. It‘s a love story that reflects one of India‘s mythological tales. It‘s wonderful and was way ahead of its time. 2mo
rwmg @Reggie It sounds as if it could be angsty and depressing but the author keeps it light and fun. The ending does rather smack of hand-waving by the author rather than a genuine HEA, but that's only to say I would have just as happily read it if it had been half as long again. 2mo
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Daisey
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I saw the posts @Texreader made about this book, realized it was also in my Kindle library, and decided I should read it this week. It‘s a short but great memoir about a teenager who was able to beat all the odds against him as he made his way from Ghana to Spain.

* Map & author photo from book

#ReadingAfrica2022 #Ghana #ReadTheWorld #ReadingTheWorld #translated #memoir #nonfiction

Texreader Yay!!! I‘m so happy you read it and enjoyed it too. 3mo
tpixie Sounds great! Perseverance & Resilience. (edited) 2mo
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Texreader
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This is a short memoir about a boy‘s following rumors to a better life in the “Land of the Whites,” and his journey from #Ghana to Spain. He doesn‘t know his actual age but when he undertook the trip he was probably between 13-17. Among 46 people abandoned in the Sahara by smugglers, he was 1 of 6 who survived walking 3 weeks out of the desert. He spent the most time in #Libya trying to make enough money to make it to Europe, which he finally ⬇️

Texreader accomplished. Along the way he spent significant time in prison or detention camps, and was almost raped twice. Why did he go? Having no access to media & no education, he acted only on rumors. A skilled auto mechanic at a tender age, he believed he‘d be welcomed with open arms. He was not welcomed anywhere in Africa, and more often than not he was conned. He learned about racism in Libya and how women were poorly treated. But two women likely ⬇️ 3mo
Texreader Saved his life in Spain where he was allowed to stay but had no ability to understand how to get help, sleeping on the streets. One of the women and her husband adopted him! He got his master‘s degree & started his own non-profit to educate children in Ghana. He knew all the horror he suffered was because of a lack of education and access to the world and so he is giving back. This book helps explain what motivates refugees. #readingafrica2022 3mo
Librarybelle Great review! 3mo
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BarbaraBB Very insightful 3mo
Daisey I thought this cover looked familiar and checked my Kindle collection. It‘s there and now I may need to squeeze it in before the end of the year. 3mo
Aimeesue Great review! 3mo
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The author is learning about life in Spain

#Ghana #readingafrica2022 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

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The Other Man | Farhad J. Dadyburjor
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I found this on my kindle when my original #FoodandLit India book wasn‘t holding my attention. It was billed as a romantic comedy but I found the issues associated with being gay in India a bit deeper than the billing implied.

Catsandbooks Great find! 🇮🇳 3mo
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A short book, we are already leaving #Ghana for #Togo, #BurkinaFaso, and #Niger. #readingafrica2022 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB What a journey! 3mo
Librarybelle Wow! 3mo
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Texreader
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I started this ebook yesterday in my attempt to reread some countries for #readingafrica2022. I didn‘t feel like I learned much about #Ghana from my the first book I read for that country, although both that book and this one are about leaving the country. This book also appears to cover a number of west African countries so that‘s a bonus.

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Lunakay
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I loved it! This village of Kamusari is something else! Cute and wise coming-of-age-story, but it's generally a very intriguing tale for anyone who ever felt like they didn't belong.

🌲🌲🌲🌲/5

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