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africamuse's Associates Bookstore

Opened: Saturday 21 February 2004

Last Updated: Thursday, 21 October 2004

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Herman Wouk

The Caine Mutiny
The Caine Mutiny

This novel, first published in 1951, is a fascinating, tension-filled study of the quirks of human nature when groups of people are confined in small spaces in times of stress. It takes place on a United States ship during World War Two, and fans of war books will love it for its reflection of the events and atmosphere of the time. But if you're not an avid reader of war stories, don't let that stop you - it is an exceedingly well-written book, which reflects the ideas of the time on bravery, illness, duty, race, gender, class and sexuality.

Jostein Gaarder

Sophie's World
Sophie's World:
an Adventure in Philosophy

While this is most definitely neither the most easy-to-read nor the most entertaining book I have ever read, it is possibly the only book which made me feel as if my whole life could be turned upside down at any time. This is what happens to Sophie.

The book traces the whole development of European philosophy in terms that even a child can understand (after all, Sophie is fourteen years old). This simple outline is, in fact, of value to many adults (including myself). In its first half, it is not a gripping book. In fact it is puzzling and vaguely unsettling, and includes so much historical and philosophical information that it can sometimes be quite hard work.

What makes this book exceptional, though, is that it contains an event so unimaginable, so intense and so extreme, that one can almost feel the foundations of Sophie's world shatter. It turns every philosphical concept she (and the reader) has learned on its head!

Quite possibly the only book that has made my mouth hang open in amazement, the climax is well worth the effort required from the reader.

OR buy the Spanish Translation:

El Mundo de Sofía

Terry Pratchett

My favourite author, Terry Pratchett’s books are like a cross between Black Adder and Lord of the Rings. If you enjoy British comedy then you will love the Discworld series.

At first glance, the books appear to be frivolous. They are highly entertaining, hilariously funny, witty, with many plays on words and manipulations of traditional story-telling techniques. If you read them carefully, though, you will find that Pratchett’s books are satirical comments on society, dealing with issues such as racism (speciesism, to be more precise), sexism, social change, democracy, employment - human nature, in fact. His characters are absolutely real, even when they are not, strictly speaking, people. A range of humans, trolls, dwarves, werewolves and even dogs make up the cast of the many stories.

Each of the books can be read on its own, and the books from the middle of the series are, in my opinion, better. Reading the earlier books will, however, enrich your enjoyment of the series through their introduction of characters like Rincewind the Wizzard (he doesn’t spell - in either sense - very well), Granny Weatherwax, Twoflower (the Discworld’s first tourist) and the ubiquitous Luggage.

I recommend all of his books, but have provided direct links to three of them here. The rest can be found using the search facility at the bottom of this page. Let me know what you think!


Death needs an assistant, and Mort finds himself apprenticed to the reaper of souls and a companion to his (adopted) daughter. While Death yearns wistfully for a more human nature, Mort becomes more and more responsible for the harvesting of the dead. But what happens when Mort takes matters of life and death into his own hands?

A story which challenges the linearity of history and the mortality of humans, while simultaneously making the reader laugh and laugh until it hurts.

A special book for me because it was the last my father read before he died. I have just (rather optimistically) bought the Spanish version, and am eager to see how much of the humour survives the translation. It will be a while before I can read it though, lol.

Interesting Times
Interesting Times

My favourite Pratchett book, and one which I have re-read many times.

Revolution is taking place in the Aurient (the place where gold comes from)! The Red Army is developing secret cadres in all the cities, although the ever-polite citizens are still having difficulty mastering the art of impolite slogans ("Regrettable demise without undue suffering to the oppressors!").

This is the least of the problems of the Agatean Empire, where the worst curse is "May you live in interesting times!" (they tend to be interesting because people cut serious bits off you).

Against the background of the timid revolution, a more intense struggle is taking place between five established families. Who will be the next emperor? And is this all a board game of the gods?

A very clever book which explores the social structure of societies.

Good Omens
Good Omens

Co-written by Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens is not part of the Discworld series.

The end of the world is nigh, Armageddon is drawing near, the Antichrist is due to arrive on earth. But the two beings entrusted by their respective higher bodies (Heaven and Hell) with the end of the world have decided that they quite like Earth, and are not looking forward to returning to the aforesaid Heaven (rather dull and no good music) and Hell (er...pain, suffering, eternal fires, etc.)

A demon and an angel decide to adopt the very human quality of free will, and sabotage Armageddon. Unfortunately for them, the Antichrist is "misplaced" at birth, and all their efforts at influencing the substitute are, naturally, wasted.

An entertaining look at how the Antichrist would grow up in a normal neighbourhood. I have never laughed so much at the old "nature-nurture" debate!


Movies which have made an impression on me - Video

Although most of these movies are available in other formats, the links below are for VHS videos, NTSC format (for use in US and Canada, also usable in Chile).

Please check that format and technical specifications are correct for your geographical region and equipment!

The Matrix

Life is Beautiful / La Vita e Bella

The Mission

Fried Green Tomatoes

The Rocky Horror Picture Show


Steel Magnolias



Some people have been thoughtful enough to send me information about specific items so that they can order them through my page - thus allowing me to earn some credit at Thank you very much!


Please check that format and technical specifications are correct for your geographical region and equipment!

Absolutely Fabulous: Series 1-4 Box Set - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK

Fawlty Towers Series 1 and 2 - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK

Black Adder Series 1-4 - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK

Life of Brian - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK

Monty Python Box Set - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK

Lord of the Rings Trilogy Box Set - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK Kids' Movies Box Set - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK Josh Groban DVD PLUS CD - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK Meet Joe Black - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK Life is Beautiful - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK Amelie - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK

Friends Series 10 - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK

Friends Series 1 - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK Friends Series 2 - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK Friends Series 3 - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK Friends Series 4 - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK Friends Series 5 - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK Friends Series 6 - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK Friends Series 7 - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK Friends Series 8 - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK Friends Series 9 - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK

Books (Fiction):

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy

Harry Potter Companion

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Possessing the Secret of Joy

Corelli's Mandolin

The Handmaid's Tale

Streets of Ankh-Morpork, by Terry Pratchett Hogfather Eric Maskerade

Books (Non-fiction):

Last Chance to See... Salt Cape Town Landmarks Stormchasers

Brotherhood Cheese Primer We Interrupt This Broadcast: Relive the Events That Stopped Our Lives...from the Hindenburg to the Death of Princess Diana Visual Basic 6 -FROM AMAZON.CO.UK

Please check that guidebooks are latest edition before purchase!

Lonely Planet Guide to Australia Lonely Planet Sydney City Guide Lonely Planet Sydney City Maps Series Lonely Planet Guide to New Zealand

Lonely Planet Guide to Switzerland Lonely Planet Guide to Ireland Lonely Planet Hong Kong City Guide Lonely Planet Hong Kong City Map Lonely Planet Singapore Lonely Planet Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei

Lonely Planet Tasmania : Australia Guide
Lonely Planet
Tasmania : Australia Guide
Lonely Planet Tasmania : Australia Guide (2nd Edition)
Lonely Planet
Tasmania : Australia Guide (2nd Edition)
Lonely Planet Walking Guide to Switzerland
Lonely Planet
Walking Guide to Switzerland



Strictly Ballroom

CD: On How Life Is


Back to Titanic Tight Fit, Back to the 60s - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK Josh Groban DVD PLUS CD - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK Norah Jones: Come Away With Me - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK The Eagles: Hell Freezes Over - FROM AMAZON.CO.UK

Top Gun - Soundtrack St Elmo's Fire - Soundtrack Iron Eagle - Soundtrack Dixie Chicks - Wide Open Spaces



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