"this one seems to have sold a lot, but it's also one of the few books I've given up on. I think it was because I tried to read it right after Eggers' book, to topic was similar, and it fell so flat by comparison"
"very different from most of the other books on this list. A novel set in a time when Africa seemed on the cusp of fulfilling its great promise, and when people from other continent emigrated there to seek their fortune, and not just from natural resources. The writing alone makes this worth the read."
"I read this about 10 years ago, so it's not really part of this phase. This timing may explain why, despite the Nobel and recognition as the classic African novel, it didn't stick with me as much as any of the others on the list. Maybe I should reread it now..."
"This is a fantastic work of history on the beginnings of colonial Africa, specifically the Belgian colony. The information was new to me, and I particularly liked the author's editorial voice in the book, inserted at just the right times and manner to keep it a book of non-fiction without losing the humanity of the story. Should be read with Heart of Darkness."