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A Worthy Legacy Review and Book Tour

July 12, 2009

From the back cover:cover

The Harmattan wind scorches across Nigeria, and an old man lies dying. His community gathers to pay its respects; their haunting songs echoing in the warm twilight. Around his bed family is gathered and they listen as he speaks his last words. Yet in the face of death this old man doesn’t talk of regrets, neither does he talk of petty grievances, instead he talks softly about life: how to survive, how to be happy and how to achieve self-respect.

Review and Grade: B+

I really enjoyed reading this short, gentle book of life advice. Of course, I’m in that mindset as a recent graduate. The advice in this book reminds me of a loving letter written to pass on wisdom to the next generation, there is so much heart to it. The angle of coming from a man in a small Nigerian village makes the advice in it earthy, natural and universal, although there were a few anachronisms thrown in.  Overall, it was the kind of book that reminds the reader of things that are already known in a way that is a gentle nudge instead of a smack over the head. Most of the wisdom in this book is probably already known to the reader, but the way it is phrased and presented makes it refreshing and enjoyable. This is the kind of book I’ll hold on to and flip through from time to time in the future, I’m sure. I wish I had notes like this from my grandfather, but A Worthy Legacy is more elegantly written than he would have done anyway (nothing against my grandfather, of course!).

More stops on the tour:

Peeking Between the Pages July 9

Reading Frenzy July 9

A Book Bloggers Diary July 10

Luxury Reading July 10

Bella is Reading July 11

Jenny Loves to Read July 11

The Unadorned Book Review July 12

Worducopia July 13

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2009 8:31 am

    A lovely review!

  2. July 13, 2009 5:28 pm

    Sweet cover! Nice review, I’ll have to keep this one on my radar.

  3. July 13, 2009 7:21 pm

    Thanks for the post Heather

  4. June 29, 2010 7:58 pm

    Great review! Sounds like one of those books I need to read every once and a while!

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