Counting Teeth

Counting Teeth

A Namibian Story

Book - 2014
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In Counting Teeth: A Namibian story , Peter Midgley travels the byways of Namibia, his childhood home, with his teenaged daughter, Sinead, as his companion. Along the way they examine the layering of culture and history, and the author introduces his daughter to this complex country while renewing his love of the land and its people. Memories of war dog the journey, as the author's own history as a conscientious objector in the Namibian War of Independence with South Africa becomes intertwined with the war-ravaged history of Namibia itself, and the travellers find the bitter legacy of apartheid lingering in unexpected ways. Midgley shows the reader the dizzying beginnings of independence in Namibia, a country of struggle, but one growing and changing, filled with fascinating people and dramatic landscapes.

Publisher: Hamilton, Ontario :, Wolsak & Wynn,, 2014, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781894987899
Branch Call Number: 916. 881 MID
Characteristics: 271 pages : map ; 23 cm


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mountainmadness Feb 22, 2015

This is an invitation to pull out your map and laptop and travel through time and place in Namibia with Peter Midgley. You don't need the accessories I mentioned but it might help. This Namibian story is rich with historical content that is woven through a contemporary travel memoir. Peter's research is impeccable and his use of the vernacular draws us further into the setting and the people. Midgley is also a brilliant and engaging speaker that enhances his book experience magnificently.

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