"Imagine: Africa!" by Amos van der Merwe is a collection of short stories about Africa, but it is also so much more than just a collection of short stories. When reading these tales, you really will imagine Africa. The tales include humorous anecdotes, allegorical comparisons of wild nature vs. human nature, thought-provoking consideration of extreme cultural diversity, and sheer wonder at the wild beauty still on display throughout much of the African continent. The author's short bio at the end of the book will confirm your growing belief that he must be an amazing man, to convey so much emotion through the written word. I doubt whether a lesser man could paint word pictures nearly so well.
I have long been enamored of the African continent, ever since my introduction as a youngster to the Allan Quatermain stories, by H. Rider Haggard. As entertaining as I found those stories, these tales met and exceeded my expectations, from the very first story to the very last one. They touched some longing, deep inside my essential self, to visit Africa; perhaps some spark remaining intact after eons of evolution, hearkening back to the cradle of human civilization. It is something of a cliché for a book reviewer to say a story "pulled" him in, or that he became "involved" in the tale. But I can find no better words to describe my gut-level response to this book. I heartily recommend "Imagine: Africa!" to everybody who can read. Nobody is exempt from the powerful pull of this book, and nobody should pass up the opportunity to read it.