Sidney Carton is almost the only case in which Dickens has drawn a hero on the true heroic scale, and his famous act of self-sacrifice is unmatched in fiction. The book must be ranked very high among the great tragedies in literature.
Memories from an African Childhood is a book comprised of the author’s memories around his life growing up in Tanzania. Initially intended as a private journal for the author and his family, it became evident that the emotions that span his childhood are not unique to growing up in Africa. Hence the author decided to share his trip down memory lane hoping that his recollections would help the reader recall their own story. It is the author’s aspiration that this book can help illustrate that despite all the forces that are determined to pit people against each other (religious, economic, political, cultural etc.), we are all more similar than we think. We all experience joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain – and our childhood shapes us to become the people we are.
What realizations will the reader discover about themselves? How has YOUR story made you who you are?