A Couple of Cultural Notes

Book Recommendation: News of the World is a great yarn, set in a very interesting time (1870 Texas), and beautifully written. The relationship between an old man and a very young girl who’s been a captive of the Kiowa is the heart of the book, but there’s plenty of adventure too.

Movie: Queen of Katwe is a story of some slum kids in Uganda who take up chess. It captures the rhythms of life in East Africa way better than any other movie I’ve seen. A sweet story, with the settings, the accents, the wordings, the clothes, the eyes, the attitudes spot on. This is some kind of miracle: a classically Disney inspirational story, but the look and feel are not Hollywoodized at all. Anybody who loves Africa should see it.

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One Response to “A Couple of Cultural Notes”

  1. Haron Wachira Says:

    Reblogged this on Haron Wachira's Blog and commented:
    When a skill earns a kid a break in life to a better life, that is awesome. It is biblical! Proverbs 22:29

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