A magical journey through a woman’s childhood and adulthood and the very real part her ancestors played in it.
The concept of ancestors is very alien to most of us white South Africans. However it is a cornerstone of African culture and tradition. Renowned travel author, Bridget Hilton-Barber takes us on a magical journey through her childhood and adulthood and the very real part her ancestors played in it.
Most people would wonder how a white girl could have a relationship with her ancestors, but Bridget’s anecdotes are fascinating. In her family it was completely normal for her grandmother, on having always disapproved of a certain boyfriend, to try and take him out with a lightning strike.
One of my favourite parts in the book is on a particularly bleak and depressing Valentine’s Day Bridget is moping about near a barren rose bush in the garden that was lovingly tended by a departed great aunt, and just when her loneliness seemed utterly unbearable and thinking also of her much loved aunt, a red rose appeared on the bush, in bloom! Magic, African Style!
This book is truly magical and made me definitely review my own belief system. (Claire Montague-Fryer, Women24)