This giving out of blessings was more than polite utterance. It
was a way of sharing hope, for people in Kalikaha needed hope to survive.
No abstract relationship with deities who lived far above, this was a gritty
daily contact with two deities who seemed, through people's words, to be
always present in the village with us.
This is the story of a one-year sojourn in a single African village
as seen through a single pair of eyes. Although the village is in
the Ivory Coast, elements of the story will be familiar to anyone who has
spent time in Togo. Spindel accompanied her future husband on a trip to
West Africa, where he was doing research for his PhD. in cultural geography.
She made a serious effort to learn about the local culture, and offers many
interesting insights and anecdotes in this book. This book is not an adventure
yarn, and doesn't read like one... but it's a good read for anyone with
fond memories of Togo. My rating: *** (out of ****).
This book is available online from Amazon Books.