Rosie’s Avid Readers #RBRT African Me and Satellite TV by Jo Robinson

Rosie's Avid Readers

Rosie’s Avid readers are people who like reading and have a book to tell us about, they are the voice of a friend who says ” I just read this book….”


Avid Reader’s thoughts.

I shall never forget this book, so many points of view so wonderfully expressed.  It asks history should we have gone there? Should we try to put our values & customs onto people who have no idea what we are talking about? I think back to my childhood in Sunday school where we were told what wonderful work the missionaries were doing, but were they?  Exploitation is a terrible thing, it still goes on.

This book shows deeply that all peoples evolve at different rates and the cultural shock of suddenly finding yourself several century’s in the future among people who think that you should think like them regardless is a disaster. It reminds us that we have no patience and cannot wait for others to catch up, then we move on again.  Lessons from the book are that the world is there not only should we look after it but we should also look after the people & not interfere for our own selfish lives. Other cultures may well need help to understand our cultures but not at their expense.

Book description.

For many years Suzette has managed very well to live her life without actually taking part in it, avoiding any possibility of pain by very carefully ignoring reality. Until something happens. Something so terrible that she has no choice but to abandon her cocoon of safety.
After the brutal beating of an elderly domestic worker, Suzette takes her in, and sets off a chain of events that leads to devastating heartbreak. And an unexpected hero changes everything. Finally finding her voice, she speaks out, and her world explodes, culminating in the death of a very special man.
On her path to make amends, she discovers the story of his life, connects with the people of his past, and finds the chance to fully live her life once again if that’s what she chooses to.

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27 thoughts on “Rosie’s Avid Readers #RBRT African Me and Satellite TV by Jo Robinson

  1. Hi Rosie .. what an interesting sounding book … I agree in someways .. but if we ask history: should we have not set out and explored? .. all empires/civilisations have wanted to see what’s beyond their boundaries … it goes back to human time immemorial – nothing has changed … now we’ve discovered land and peoples – we need to find leaders who will lead, and not bully, decimate etc …

    The story line sounds as though it’ll make a very good read .. cheers Hilary


  2. Well, Rosie, Avid Reader has just persuaded me to buy Jo Robinson’s novel. Like your reviewer I remember Sunday School propaganda. I was ig so not convinced then, and later read Conrad’s Heart of Darkness , , ,


  3. Reblogged this on Jo Robinson and commented:
    Thank you so much to Rosie Amber and Avid Reader for this beautiful review of African Me. Sometimes reviews of my books touch my heart, and this one really did that. Much, much gratitude.


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