Book Reviews

Personal Reflections of: Irwin N., The Alchemist: Three Central Bankers and A World On Fire (New York: Penguin Press, 2013), pp.430

Title: The Alchemist: Three Central Bankers and A World On Fire Author: Neil Irwin Genre: Business & Economics Publisher: Penguin Press Release Date: 2013 Pages: 430 Oooh “poor sweet” Kyeku!! She wonders who is the alchemist? … but not as lost as the man sitting next to her on the plane, asking “are you studying chemistry”? “No, why?” Kyeku responded

All- Powerful! Reflection on: Zola Emile, Au Bonheur des Dames (The Ladies’ Delight)

Title: Au Bonheur des Dames (The Ladies’ Delight) Author: Emile Zola Genre: Fiction; Literature Publisher: Penguin Classic Release Date: 1883 Pages: 429 ‘So Aika, what are you reading now?’ Sarita, my friend who is also the founder of the BookStop Sanaa asked me a few weeks ago, and I responded, “The Ladies Delight by Emile Zola’, ‘Wow’, she continued, ‘you… Read more →

#Coco #Chanel: A complex tapestry of a woman figure!:Reflections on Masden’s Coco Chanel: A Biography

Title: Coco Chanel : A Biography Author: Axel Masden Genre: Biography Publisher: Bloomsbury Release Date: 1990; Paperback 2009 Pages: 388 My greatest challenge in reviewing this biography has been the dilemma of either to talk about Masden’s art of writing, research, and content presentation or about Chanel who is the main subject of the book.

#Love! It’s indeed a verb! Reflections on Figes O., Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag

Title: Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag Author: Orlando Figes Genre: Fiancées Publisher: Penguin Books Release Date: 2013 Pages: 334 I am out of words to explain my reflection of this book because it is such an in-depth moving story…and worse enough, it’s a true story! A true story about love. A… Read more →

“…When you go far enough to the right you meet the same idiots coming around from the left” – Clint Eastwood (2005)… Reflections on: Smith Z., White Teeth (London: Penguin Books, 2001), pp.542

Title: White Teeth Author: Zadie Smith Genre: Fiction Publisher: Penguin Books Release Date: 2000 Pages: 542 During my PhD research at the University of Nottingham, I developed very close friendship with one bright man, Dr. Kunal Mukherjee. He is such a darling. I love him and I do miss him terribly- everything and everyday. I owe him so much, I… Read more →

My very humble reflection on Thomas Piketty’s ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ (2014)

Title: Capital in the Twenty First Century Author: Thomas Piketty Genre: Academics/ Economics Publisher: Harvard University Press Release Date: 2014 Pages: 677 ‘I dislike the expression “economic science” which strikes me as terribly arrogant because it suggests that economics has attained a higher scientific status than other social sciences’. This sentence is extracted from Piketty’s conclusion chapter.

“War is Ugly”… as Chimamanda’s father, Prof. Adichie would say! Reflections on: Adichie Chimamanda, Half of a Yellow Sun, (London: Fourth Estate, 2009) pp. 433

Title: Half of a Yellow Sun Genre: Fiction Novel (Literature) Publisher: Fourth Estate Release Date: 2009 Pages: 433 Half of Yellow Sun is a romantic yet a family novel that describes the ugliness of the Biafra War in late 1960s Nigeria.  It is a fiction novel that narrates the lives of two twin sisters – Olanna and Keinene- with their… Read more →

Reflections on Stiglitz J. ‘The Price of Inequality’ (London: Penguin Books, 2012)

Title: The Price of Inequality Author: Joseph Stiglitz Publisher: Penguin Books Release Date: 2012 Pages: 523 Stiglitz confronts issues of modern day capitalism as reflected in increased inequality. He argues that inequality is not natural. It is a result of unfair market economy supported by politics. He shows how the rules of the game are made and interpreted to favor… Read more →

The Insufficiency of good intentions; A review of the ‘Idealist, Jeffery Sachs and the Quest to end Poverty’

Written by Samuel Ndandala* Some years ago, I stumbled upon a book whose title enticed my appetite; ‘The End of Poverty’. I was curious because I really hate poverty. The rift between the developing world and the developed world has always fascinated me. Why is Switzerland centuries ahead of Swaziland? Are Africans just intellectually inferior and prone to wars?