Reading gives one freedom to know more

2015-10-08 06:00
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I’ve been reading quite a number of books lately.

Some of these are: ‘Walter and Albertina Sisulu: “In Our Life Time’’ by Elinor Sisulu, “After The Party’’ by Andrew Feinstein, “Endings and Beginnings’’ by Redi Tlhabi, and “Open – An Autobiography’’ by Andre Agassi.

After reading these books, I discovered that, suddenly, I was exposed to stuff I did not know prior to taking these reads into my hands.

This should explain why I read most of the time. To search for the unknown and turn it to the known.

The book based on the life of the Sisulus is a powerful read. It is a history on its own. It takes you from the early times and brings you to the modern ones. But it is also about two individuals; Walter and Albertina Sisulu. Some people think these people led fortunate lives, with less knowledge of what they went through.

They went through hell.

I don’t their life together was about luck. It was about doing right; fighting for justice.

Justice is what we still need to pursue. The struggle is not over. Man is still greedy and selfish.

About Feinstein’s book; it was clear that the only force that could bring about change to this country was the ANC. Feinstein realised this earlier on and decided to join the organisation.

According to him, for a while things went well, but later he became a troubled soul.

The problem with political parties is that you’ve got to toe the line. If you don’t, you are out. Feinstein did not toe the line and he was out of the organisation. His conscience wouldn’t allow him to turn a blind eye to wrongdoings.

Then there is Redi Tlhabi’s book.

This book should be made a compulsory read in schools. It is good. It is about an eleven year old girl and a tsotsi in Orlando East in the 1980s. Beautifully written, it is warm. It can make you cry, and laugh at the same time.

To be honest with you, I never liked Mrs Tlhabi before. I’d thought that she was a conceited woman.

But after reading her book, I have all the respect for her. My favourite among these books was ‘Open’, because it made me want to write my own story in a book.

I guess because the situations that Agassi had faced are explicit. Because some people want you to be their own puppet, with not a chance to create yourself. André’s life story is about that. He said he hated tennis; the game that made him famous. his dad forced him on it. It was shoved down his throat.

Which makes me think; are your parents hard on you, or are you hard on your kids. I hope not. Stay positive

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