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Honey from the Lion: An African Journey Hardcover – April 4, 1988


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; 1st edition (April 4, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525245960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525245964
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,311,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Brought up in Africa, a young American woman comes back for nine months in 1982-83 as a writer-photographer in the interior of Ghana, and in this attractively written book recounts her experiences working for a "national linguistic group" that is spreading literacy and translating the Bible into native languages. Among the five sectionsAdvent, Epiphany, Lent, Passover and Pentecostare descriptions of a lively dinner with five young men; the relationship of Mary, an ascetic Irish translator-editor, with the remote villagers among whom she resides; and a terrifying incident in which an angry, white-hating military officer arrests two helpless women because their newly bought vehicle does not yet have a license plate. The sweetness of life and strength of death are among the many memorable images associated with Belcher's coming-of-age.
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WENDY LAURA BELCHER has been Assistant Professor of African literature in Princeton University's Department of Comparative Literature and Center for African American Studies since fall 2008. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles Department of English in 2008, and also has two social science master's degrees from UCLA. Her scholarly interests emerge from her life experiences growing up in East and West Africa, where she became fascinated with the richness of Ghanaian and Ethiopian intellectual traditions. She was a recent recipient of the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Research Award, spending 2010-2011 in Ethiopia studying African female saints and the early modern texts written about them in the African language Gəʾəz. She has received national awards for her writing, including the Dick Goldensohn Grant for Innovative Journalism, the Washington State Governors Writers Award, and the PEN Society Martha Albrand Award Finalist. She is currently completing a translation with Michael Kleiner of The Life and Struggles of Our Mother Walatta Petros: A Translation of the Earliest African Biography of an African Woman. Her research book in progress is The Black Queen of Sheba: A Global History of an African Idea. She has published articles on African, African American, and American Indian literature in a number of journals. She is currently preparing for publication several articles on early modern Ethiopian literature. She has given lectures on a variety of topics at universities in the United States and in Canada, Norway, Malawi, Sudan, and Ethiopia.

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By Susan Liang on March 7, 2009
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The kind of book that puts you right there in the picture. Insightful and moving portrait of a corner of Africa.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book recounts the author's return to the West African country where she grew up. Called a lyrical memoir by the New York Times (9/11/88), Honey From the Lion provides fascinating insights into a young woman's transnational and cross-cultural coming of age. Ideal for all readers.
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