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- Print Length: 253 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1503075540
- Publisher: Umhlanga Press; 1 edition (November 29, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 29, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QE35BO2
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Truth, Lies & Propaganda: in Africa (Truth, Lies and Propaganda Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I know engineers, for example, who, when unable to find work in their chosen profession, have done other things to earn their daily bread. Some drive taxi cabs, others sell insurance, and a few have gone to law school and are now attorneys who specialize in arcane subjects related to their previous occupations.
Writers, on the other hand, write.
They write regardless of what they are paid, regardless of the conditions they are often forced to work under.
They can't help it.
(I know this first hand, having been a writer for most of my adult life.)
Lucinda E. Clarke is a writer. Even early in her life as a working woman, when she was teaching school or running a riding academy, she wrote.
It didn't matter what: Radio dramas, television scripts, documentaries, textbooks, magazine articles... if it involved putting words on paper (or on a computer screen) Clarke was willing to take on the challenge because, in the end, it meant that she could write.
Just how important writing is to her comes through clearly in her memoir "Truth, Lies & Propaganda: In Africa." She writes, albeit with a light touch, of her adventures working in Libya and South Africa while raising two children and coping with her ex-husband and his penchant for changing jobs with blinding speed. Those must have been difficult days but Clarke tells her story without complaint, reminding the reader often just how privileged she felt that she was able to support herself and her family by doing what she loves best.
Her career and mine are different in many ways. I spent most of my life as a journalist working for newspapers and wire services. Clarke spent most of her career working in radio and television.
But we do share some common ground. Deadlines, bosses that never seemed to know what they wanted, and people who were reluctant to talk with us are just a few.
More than that, however, we share one very important trait: The love of writing.
It is that love that colors our lives in rich, rainbow shades and allows us to withstand the slings and arrows of low pay and everything else up to, and including, the less-than-enthusiastic response of family and friends when they discover that we are bound hand and foot to writing for a living. .
(My father, for example, went to his grave wondering just when - or if - I was ever going to get a "real job.")
Clarke recounts her adventures - both good and bad - with a clear eye for detail but does not bog her narrative down with unnecessary rambling. She also doesn't flinch when recounting the problems she faced as she undertook her assignments and she makes some sharp observations about life in South Africa both before and after apartheid. Her descriptions of the people she met and the places she went put the reader "in the moment" and her narrative flows smoothly from chapter to chapter.
It comes down to this: "Truth, Lies & Propaganda: In Africa" is a well written look at what it takes to be a writer and it is a book that I highly recommend.
Her work space is a metaphor for her life as a writer. She overcomes a miserable childhood in Ireland, family pressure to be a secretary, nurse, or teacher, her own queasiness about writing, unhappy years as a teacher, and an unsatisfactory marriage—to take charge of her in-born passion to write, removing obstacles brick by brick. Her narrative chronicles twenty years following her dream from radio announcing to scriptwriting for radio and television to video production.
As she freelances her way through Libya, Botswana, and South Africa, Lucinda opens the reader to a world of new experience, filled with both humor and pathos. Her gigs include announcing at bayonet point for Radio Libya, scripting radio plays for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, writing weekly columns for freebie newspapers, shooting video about rubbish removal, prototype toilets, animal acupuncture, hostels for pregnant girls, and safety training for an electricity supplier.
Her TV programs include shoots about the nutritional virtues of potato chips, and a “get ahead” series about the owner of start-up company who makes asbestos pool pump covers.
Through the years, we see Lucinda’s shy self-image change from “a reliable hack writer who meets her deadlines” to a skilled professional. She overcomes rejections to follow her passion to write, put food on the table, and pay her maxed out credit cards.
Along the way, appalling situations appear during her assignments, both in organizations (“lies and propaganda”) and also in her field work, often set in urban ghettos or rural squatter camps. Wherever she can, Lucinda positively influences the people she touches with her work, and empathizes with the people of her adopted country. Along with what she observes to be a fatalistic acceptance of a tough life by many South Africans, she celebrates their humor, cheerfulness, and cooperative spirit.
Even though Lucinda is humble about her writing abilities (“my scribbling”), she writes brilliantly with heart, humor, honesty, and lots of spunk. This book stands on its own, but I am eager to read her earlier and later books.
This memoire had me completely fascinated and I couldn’t put it down. What an incredible woman Ms. Clark is. As an indie author I often whine to myself about how difficult it is to crack the literary world. After reading Ms Clarks memoire I have realised that I have absolutely nothing to complain about.
I don’t want to sound like a star struck groupie here but honestly Ms Clark’s story has inspired me beyond words. From holding a radio broadcast at bayonet point to typing a 1 hour play without the letter ‘n’ on the typewriter this woman didn’t let anything get in the way of her reaching her goal. Determined, ambitions and passionate are words I would use to describe this amazing author.
I am from South Africa so there were so many memories that cropped up when reading this story; from the Lion Park to adverts seen on TV, I felt as though I walked this journey with Ms Clark and her story has left me inspired beyond words. (I’m repeating myself here – see what I mean about the start struck groupie stuff)
I have no words except maybe, WOW
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