Zenzele: a letter for my daughter  —

Always, we begin again.

As January 2022 enfolds, we enter into a new year. After the "most wonderful time of the year", it's the "time to roll our sleeves up" of the year. But did we ever stop and think "do I have to do this?" Or "will it really matter in 5 hours, days, months and years?". Most surprisingly, even if the answer's no, we still end up doing it, overthinking about it. Because we're human. And that's the best discovery I've made last year. We are human. Made out off dusts, mistakes, hopes and fears. And that is okay. Well sometimes I have to admit that I had some down times. But then, and that's the beauty of it, I get up and "begin again".

We all have our own definition of beginning again. What did they say about insanity? Well even if this is not quite the same, with some experience at least, I learned how to receive the blows with dignity. I also learned how to let things go. And by this, I found the "peace, that surpasses all understanding".

Thus, I'll begin this year with a review of a book. One that has been recommended to me. And I was glad that it was. The story talked to me, as I'm sure it will do to those who left the secure place of home, for a foreign country. "Zenzele: a letter for my daughter" could be a good way to enter this new year with sparkes of moondust.

2021 might not have been my worst years, and I'm having a thought to those whom had it worse than me. But I still think I could have made it better. And that is when 2022 enters the stage. So here's to another chance to make the same mistakes with more dignity. To find new ways and new possibilities. And above all, to begin again. Always.

Goodreads review here

Give this book a go when you need an overnight read

"Every man dies, not every man really lives"

‘’Handsome. Strikingly so’’ that is what Randall described William Wallace at some point. Along with ‘’a man who never had nor ever would subjugate himself to any other man’’ .

Loyalty could have been his first name. Loyalty to the love of his life, although the story described his undeclared foundness for the Princess of Wales- whom we will talk more about later. Loyalty to his country too. He fought the English, first to avenge his late wife, then until his last breath, for a Scotland, free of English brutal involvement. A man like we do not see often. Even if historian critics the book as quite inaccurate, this personage existed. No one really knew to what extent the tales were true or not. So I’ll stick with Randall’s version, at least about his depiction of William Wallace. I think I found a rival for M. Darcy!

But among the entire protagonist, the Princess of Wales is my favourite. I will describe her as a precursor for feminism, far from the idea of a princess just waiting to be saved by her charming prince. After all, she was the one who saved William’s life… at least three times.
She was aware of her rank, without being arrogant. She had no experience in politics, wars and even in matrimony, without being naïve. She had common senses, and a very good judgement in people’s character.
Despite her beauty and intelligence, she was despised by her husband, the prince of Wales-who’d rather fence with his close and ‘’’special’’ friend. She was used by her tyrannical father in law. She found warmth of love within William, the two of them attracted to each other in way that will be questioned by the reader until the very end of the story, at least from William’s perspective.

The story itself is so captivating. Even if you saw the movie, which is already a masterpiece. Although some parts were omitted and others were roughly explored. I think my favourite omitted part is when William seeks help within King of France. The princess used her witted-spirit to get him out of troubles, without compromising herself and avoiding direct confrontation between France and England. Those were the details that a movie will leave behind, but which make so much sense for the development of the story in the eyes of the readers.

In a nutshell, I will highly recommend the book.

Braveheart by Randall Wallace


Book of August 2021

Out of the comfort zone...then back again

Working on the coast all year, coming back home was the biggest gift I gave to myself so far.
For the past 3 weeks, I indulged in binge reading fiction genres that are usually not my go-to. But I am a weak person, so had to come back to my favourite one in the end! Here are my top 3 books of the month!

Les femmes savantes by Moliere

If you are a bit of a feminist, this book will be interesting enough for you.
Moliere exposes with humour and spirit the almost mandatory passage that a woman or a girl has to face at least once in their lifetime.

N or M by Agatha Christie

Fiction is not usually my go-to book since quite some time, but I decided to give this a try after hearing only good thing about the author.
The story is captivating, light and funny. Even if the ending was quite predictable, the author still surprised me with the turn of events and the behaviour of the characters throughout the pages. A book to put in your suitcase for your holiday trip!

Confession d'un cardinal by Oliver Le Gendre

This is, by far, my favourite book of this month. I am still currently reading it and am torn in agony between not wanting to finish it quickly and reading the next chapter right away.
The story is captivating. The facts, the words, the place description just put me in a place where I silently follow the protagonist, drinking every words they say between them.

Fox from Madagascar

Books are minds put on papers

This is more about a love story than anything else. A love story that involves inks and papers. Hours of late night sleep and tons of tea. An empty wallet and a stake of books on the shelf.

If you recognise yourself in the description, then let's dive together in this universe. Made of stories and memories. Made of criticism and dreams. We are time and space travellers, within the story and life of others.