Africa is not one country. It is a huge continent composed of many different countries. Its people live in large cities, small towns, and, yes, dusty villages. Yet, tales of Africa convey a common passion. Whether the tale is of a clever woman running a detective agency in a traditional town or a recounting of the agonies of civil war or invasion, stories from Africa strike at the heart of the human condition.
"...V.S. Naipaul takes us deeply into the life of one man—an Indian who, uprooted by the bloody tides of Third World history, has come to live in an isolated town at the bend of a great river in a newly independent African nation. Naipaul gives us the most convincing and disturbing vision yet of what happens in a place caught between the dangerously alluring modern world and its own tenacious past and traditions."
When Robert Wallis, an impoverished poet in turn-of-the-century London, accepts a commission from eccentric coffee merchant Samuel Pinker to categorize the elusive tastes of coffee, little does he know his assignment will completely alter his life.