Listening to Africa is a book of poems by Diana M. Raab about her and her family’s trip to Africa. Since visiting Africa for a safari is high on my bucket list, I knew that I had to read this book. (I also was familiar with Diana having read and reviewed her book Healing with Words back in October.)
I had never read a book that told a story completely through poems before, and while I wasn’t quite sure how that would work at first – I have to admit I now know it worked quite well. I didn’t feel like I was missing out on any part of the story that Diana was trying to tell and it is definitely a unique approach to storytelling, but one that I really enjoyed.
As I mentioned earlier, there is pretty much nothing I would like to do more than to take a trip to Africa and go on a safari. When I finished this book – it just solidified it that much more. With this book I truly felt like I was on the trip with Diana and her family, things were so perfectly described in the poems.
While I was a bit “scared” (for lack of a better term) to read this book because it was all poems, I am definitely going to be much more open to books of this kind in the future. I just can not say enough wonderful things about this book!
I received a free copy of this book in order to participate in this blog tour.
About the Book
Poet Diana M. Raab travels to the heart of Africa with her family to experience the beauty and fascination of another world. During her safari, she observes the distress, the delight, and the dignity of the humans and animals who live there and parallels them with her own quest for health.
Publisher: Antrim House
Release: April 18, 2012
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