The main protagonist of the book I am currently reading is a Nigerian woman named Ifemelu who lives in the US. Amongst many other things, she blogs about race and racism in the host society from her perspective as a Non-African-American woman.
The title of the novel is ‘Americanah’ and it is authored by a Nigerian writer named Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. I first encounter Adiche online when she spoke on Ted Talk about ‘The Danger of a Single Story’in 2009. Her talk inspired me so much and begun following her works since then and brought me to the novel in question.
Simply put, Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the midwives of the Renaissance and Italy was the nest of this movement that has ushered the world into Enlightenment. Of course, there are more to it than simply that.
Last October, I received from a beloved friend a copy of Leonardo Da Vinci’s biography authored by Walter Isaacson for my birthday. Isaacson is a University Professor of History in Tulane who wrote biographical accounts of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Kissinger, amongst many others. His biographical account of Leonardo da Vinci is quite accessible to unspecialized readers like myself who are nonetheless intrigued and fascinated by history, and more particularly the history the renaissance Italy, a period in which high creativity is at peak and its surge has ushered us out of darkness and slumber.
Quite recently, I have decided to start reading the famous novels that I have heard, but have not actually read. For instance, I have heard the titles such as Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, The Warden by Anthony Trollope, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The Pride and The Prejudice by Jane Austen, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, and so on, but I have not really got the chance or gave myself a chance to read them. That has to change, so that when opportunity arise when I have to talk about these canonized titles, I could certainly claim in good conscience that I have acquired first-hand knowledge of those novels. If I cannot be an experienced writer, at least I could say that I am an experienced reader. And perhaps they are not mutually exclusive: one could sustain the other.