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Read Around the World: Malawi

During September we have been vicariously visiting Malawi

Fun facts about Malawi from this website 

Malawi used to be called Nyasaland before it changed its name. The country became a fully independent member of the British Commonwealth on July 6, 1964.

The largest city is called Blantyre.

The capital of Malawi is Lilongwe (also called Green City) which is the 2nd largest city in the country.

Maize was introduced into Malawi by the Portuguese and is still the staple grain of the country.

The main crops that are exported are tea, sugar and tobacco.

Lake Malawi was once called the “lake of the Stars by David Livingstone.

It is the only country in the world that has a Carlsberg factory apart from Denmark.

The lowest point is the intersection between River Shire and the international boundary of Mozambique and the highest level is Sapitwa peak of Mount Mulanji.

The climate is sub-tropical and January to March is the rainy season. The colder months are from May to July. August to December is the dry season.

The natural resources are hydropower, limestone, uranium deposits, bauxite and coal.

The ethnic groups include Chewa, Tumbuka, Nyanja, Yao, Sena, Lomwe, Ngone, Tonga, Ngonde and others.

The major religions of the country are Christianity and Islam.

The Malawian currency is Kwacha.

The official languages spoken in this country are English and Chichewa.

The local languages are spoken in the districts.

I chose to visit Malawi via Love’s Dilemma by Walije Gondwe. Gondwe is credited with being the first female published writer from Malawi, with credentials like that choosing one of her books was a no brainer.

Love’s Dilemma is a straightforward story about a woman who is deceived by a man, when she realises the truth she kicks his sorry ass out and has a successful life without him. When it’s too late he regrets his actions but that’s just tough.

I like the fact that the central female character Towera is educated she has a job and is successful and independent in her own right, it was great that while society was pressuring her to find a man she was happy to go it alone rather than settle.

I loved the cultural insights about how different tribes prepare their food, how they eat and what their courtship rituals look like.

Overall a satisfying and interesting little book.

Over on Litsy Currey chose to visit Malawi via The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind this got a pick from her. RachelO visited via Chief’s Bride and this was another pick. Looks like Malawi is a good destination for readers.

Did you join us for a visit to Malawi? If you did let us know what you read and what you thought of it.

In October we will be visiting Germany will you be coming with us? What book do you plan to use for this trip?

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. I was born there, when the country was a British Protectorate! We lived in Malawi until I was 17, then emigrated to (then) Rhodesia. I’ve never been back, though I would love to do so. I self published a small book of Malawi stories based on my childhood days., entitled “Home was Never Like this”.

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    September 21, 2019
  2. Book Worm #

    Fascinating would be interesting to read your stories I did look at Amazon but nothing showing.

    Like

    September 23, 2019

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