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Born On The Continent - Ubuntu: Ubuntu Paperback – March 25, 2012
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Matshe takes her readers on a personal journey. Her observations are presented with colorful place descriptions and her trials are full of the kind of emotion that kept me reading. I enjoyed the way she wove the textures of native language and the importance of community into each of the chronological pathways of a life full of hard work.
Generally, I'm not a fan of the memoir genre, but this one is different. Matshe must indeed be as selfless and humble as her story suggests. Having seen the ravages of a horrible epidemic, she and her husband are both committed to working toward the stamping out of HIV/AIDS. The best part of this story comes at the end. You'll have to read it to discover the context of the quote, "The Keeper - the protector of the innocents, the giver of hope, the energizer, the motivator and the comforter of the sick and dying."
Pick up a copy and rest assured that the royalties will go to an important cause. Thanks again Gertrude for sharing your story with us.
*The author provided me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
I'm so pleased that Getrude Matshe explained the meaning of Ubuntu so beautifully.
As she tells the story of her life thus far, we get to know her. There are things you may like, and things you don't. As an American, it was difficult feeling that I personally am one of those that she groups into her collective opinion of my nationality.
Even more odd is her chastising of Americans in the following context:
She is working extremely hard creating crafts, and asks store owners to come to her to see her wares for sale. When they say she is welcome to come to their shop with samples, she is dismayed at 'American Arrogance'. It is the culture, not arrogance.
In our culture, and most cultures, if you have handwork to sell, and you are not known in the business, it is your responsibility to knock on doors or open your OWN shop. They do not come to you.
Even more odd, prior to arriving in the USA, she explains how some women in Africa knock on doors selling things, so the concept of going to your buyer is not exactly unknown to her.
I would like to think it is youth that chronicles such a slanted view, or not knowing the insult of the words she uses. And that is only one part of what is otherwise a heartfelt telling of a life of determination.
She is born into a changing Africa, experiencing what so many Americans experienced in our turbulent and racially tense 1950-60s.
Spat on and taunted by white classmates, she paid a high price for her love of knowledge and education.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story is so easy to enjoy. Getrude Matshe took me on an inspiring journey that started in Africa. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rik
Awesome book, this woman is a phenomenal storyteller. This is a book you want to read again and again!Published 20 months ago by Ms. Info
I absolutely adored this book and I'm going to give a copy to my mom. Getrude Matsche's life is a series of miracles and from her experience we learn the power of positive thinking... Read morePublished on May 30, 2014 by Ms. Inspired
A beautiful story written straight from her heart.
This is a really good read. Getrude has written many books. I think this was her first.
Inspiring story of inspiring person. This is a read that many people can relate to about overcoming obstacles and going against the grain in compassion.Published on December 18, 2013 by Christopher
Totally totally love it, plus im mentioned in the book as i initially met Getrude at Pak n Save, Petone - she is one true and talented genius - totally love her spriitPublished on November 26, 2013 by Jaylene Jones
The thing I hate about books in general is that there are so many great ones out there that are so rarely discovered. Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by Kerrie McLoughlin