Second Chances: A Travel Narrative of Southern Africaby Martha B. Hopkins
During Martha B. Hopkins's five-month stay in southern Africa, great changes were happening. Nelson Mandela had been president of South Africa for just two years, and the new South Africa was forging its historic post-apartheid constitution. Namibia hadn't celebrated its fifth birthday. It was also a time of great change for Martha Hopkins, a writer and adventurer blessed with a wide-eyed curiosity and the courage to examine herself as she examined the world. Aside from almost being killed in a car accident, she found herself on the edge of a diamond smuggling scam, was the "Auntie" on remote Karo sheep farms for weeks, met with ordinary people and such notables as Bishop Tutu, the Director of the International Library of African Music, and the Speaker of the Namibian Parliament. She spent time in shanty towns and jazz clubs, attended upscale cocktail parties and several autopsies and the first AIDS-related case heard before the South African Supreme Court. This is an entertaining and sometimes disturbing account. Hopkins writes with a blend of humor and anger, in a voice that's altogether personal without being self-absorbed.
- Daniel, John & Company, Publishers
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"By focusing on the stories of daily existence in her travels, Hopkins opens a window onto this remarkable moment of history, and finds in that view a parable of hope for all human societies.
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