Sorcerers and Orange Peel

Sorcerers and Orange Peel Sorcery is a fact of life in many African societies the supernatural is taken for granted In SORCERERS AND ORANGE PEEL Ian Mathie describes how he came across an elderly couple sick and abandoned in

  • Title: Sorcerers and Orange Peel
  • Author: Ian Mathie
  • ISBN: 9781906852276
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sorcery is a fact of life in many African societies the supernatural is taken for granted In SORCERERS AND ORANGE PEEL, Ian Mathie describes how he came across an elderly couple, sick and abandoned in an inhospitable part of West Africa Ignoring the warning signs of witchcraft and frightening encounters with an apparition, he coaxed them back to health Thus began a remSorcery is a fact of life in many African societies the supernatural is taken for granted In SORCERERS AND ORANGE PEEL, Ian Mathie describes how he came across an elderly couple, sick and abandoned in an inhospitable part of West Africa Ignoring the warning signs of witchcraft and frightening encounters with an apparition, he coaxed them back to health Thus began a remarkable association with one small and remote village whose subsistence living Ian was able to help boost with the unlikely intervention of a Paris parfumier, a Poro devil, assorted helpers and a native soap industry Along the way, he was initiated by a village sorcerer and adopted by a family whose water supply he cleaned up During his years in Africa as a water resources specialist, Ian Mathie experienced much that challenges Western beliefs and perceptions SORCERERS AND ORANGE PEEL the fifth book in the African Memoir Series is an eventful journey through the haze where science meets superstition To some it may seem fanciful, even impossible, Ian writes, but having lived through it, I assure you it is all true.

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    1. After reading and reviewing all four previous volumes of Ian Mathie’s series of African memoirs, I was champing at the bit for release of Sorcerers and Orange Peels. When I finally received my copy and sat down to read, I was immediately spellbound. Mathie doesn’t waste a word on preliminaries. On the first page a bizarre combination of circumstances drew him into an eerie encounter with an elderly couple who appeared to be dying. Undeterred by signs of witchcraft around the hut they occupie [...]

    2. Ian Mathie is a practical man with mystical connections. In this fifth volume of his African memoirs, he constantly juxtaposes both aspects of his life there in a way that grips the reader. In the wilderness of his opening chapter, he moves between trying to repair his broken sump without any proper patches or solder, and dealing with a strange man who appears and disappears, sometimes assuming the appearance of a hyena. In a village, he teaches the science of water filtration while undergoing a [...]

    3. Ian Mathie was recommended to me because of the connection to the relatively new category “Magic Realism”, a category that intrigued me. This is a work of non-fiction. I emphasize that because if I had stumbled upon it without being aware it might have taken me a bit to understand that this is NOT fiction. Mathie has worked and travelled extensively throughout regions in Africa where western influence has been minimal, where old customs and belief systems have remained largely intact, where [...]

    4. Lovely book - Ian's recollections are always wonderfulis series is the best of the lot. I particularly liked the chapter detailing the ceremonial surrounding the wedding of two villagers and of Ian's subsequent initiation. stuff!

    5. captivating Ian Mathie has a way of making me care about his characters, the very different way of life they live, and a way of pulling me into the story and holding me there till the very end. And I enjoyed every minute of it.

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