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Post by Leni » January 30th, 2020, 5:00 pm

Availle wrote:
January 27th, 2020, 9:13 pm
Thank you Leni!

Any language goes, so if you recently read a nice Brazilian romance that's fine too! :thumbs:
Well, it's not recent, but there is Iracema in English which you PLed for me :mrgreen: The most recent novel I finished in Portuguese I think it was Memorias Póstumas de Brás Cubas (considered one of the best books ever, praised by Susan Sontag and Harold Bloom, but no English translation is PD).
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Post by Kitty » January 31st, 2020, 3:20 am

maybe these two would fit into the category as well:

Contos do Norte: https://librivox.org/contos-do-norte-by-joao-marques-de-carvalho/ Short stories from the Northern Regions of Brazil

O mulato: https://librivox.org/o-mulato-by-aluisio-azevedo/ also based in Brazil, a novel dealing with racism. Here is the google translation from the Portuguese wiki synopsis: The novel provides us with a good view of the surroundings of Maranhão at the time. Raimundo is a mulatto, but he ignores his own color and his condition as a slave's son. As a doctor, he studied in Europe, he cannot understand the reservations made by the high society of São Luís. The character is endowed with charms and seductive power with women; which does not fail, by idealization, to bring him closer to the romantic characters.

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Post by Basquetteur » January 31st, 2020, 8:43 am

Hi,

Just in case this has been skipped, although I doubt it, two examples of poetry by Ruben Diario:

https://archive.org/details/prosasprofanas_1810_librivox

https://archive.org/details/simplemente_dario_0810_librivox


While I am at it, this set of Southamerican tales might also be considered:

https://archive.org/details/cuentosdelaselva_1603_librivox

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Post by Piotrek81 » January 31st, 2020, 10:38 am

And here's a historical one commemorating the struggle for Independence and especially the two Liberators: https://librivox.org/the-emancipation-of-south-america-by-bartolome-mitre/
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Post by Availle » January 31st, 2020, 9:43 pm

Wonderful, thank you! I'll have to look up which books were already chosen before - it's our third World Tour this time!

Well, time to get picky :wink:
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Post by Availle » February 2nd, 2020, 5:19 pm

The staff has picked for February, and thanks to you it was so easy this time! Please have a look at this page for the current list. You can also check out our wiki page for a plain vanilla list that contains all the staff picks for this year plus the readers!


This year, let's go on another world tour, which means, I'm looking for books written by authors of the respective continents / places or books and stories set there. All languages welcome!

Let's stay on the southern hemisphere for our third leg of the LibriVox World Tour 2020!

The theme for next month is:
Africa

I would prefer books written by African Authors, but I can see that this may be difficult... So, books set in Africa would do just as nicely.
Especially welcome are suggestions of plays and poetry.

All languages welcome!
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Post by Leni » February 2nd, 2020, 6:50 pm

Great picks, Ava! :) And a few I haven't listened to yet.

As to Africa, if it is ok to suggest something I recorded again :shock: , there's the Biography of Mahomma G. Baquaqua, which I found out about not long ago and was very impressed with.

Besides that, I think Heart of Darkness is an interesting one, mainly cause if I am not wrong it is one of the first LV recordings.

For poetry we have The Congo, not sure if too racist? :?
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Post by mightyfelix » February 2nd, 2020, 7:20 pm

Well, I think a great place to start would be in "The World's Story." A little bit of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and even a play, all included.

https://librivox.org/the-worlds-story-volume-iii-egypt-africa-and-arabia-by-eva-march-tappan/

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Post by Availle » February 3rd, 2020, 12:56 am

Thank you ladies!

I think both "The Congo" and "Heart of Darkness" have already been featured before.

Although I happily contribute to the "World's Story", I would not have thought of choosing it - great idea! :D
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Post by linny » February 3rd, 2020, 8:41 am

I just DPLed this one: https://librivox.org/folk-stories-from-southern-nigeria-west-africa-by-elphinstone-dayrell/
They are fun little stories ranging from 2.5-18 minutes. Total run time is less than 5 hours.

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Post by Piotrek81 » February 19th, 2020, 2:20 pm

No idea if this has been featured before, but this book, coming from the author of "Quo Vadis" is a classic in Poland, having given rise to several well-known expressions still used in Polish:
https://librivox.org/in-desert-and-wilderness-by-henryk-sienkiewicz/
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Post by Availle » February 19th, 2020, 3:15 pm

Oh, how interesting! I would have never thought of that one. Thanks Piotr!
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Post by Lynnet » February 19th, 2020, 4:07 pm

Have you ever used this:

https://librivox.org/how-i-found-livingstone-by-sir-henry-m-stanley/ ?

(It was the first LV book I listened to, and was to blame for my addiction :roll: )

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Post by Availle » March 7th, 2020, 9:23 pm

The staff has picked for March, thanks for your many suggestions! Please have a look at this page for the current list. You can also check out our wiki page for a plain vanilla list that contains all the staff picks for this year plus the readers!


This year, let's go on another world tour, which means, I'm looking for books written by authors of the respective continents / places or books and stories set there. All languages welcome!

Since we had so many good suggestions last month, I decided to split up Africa into two parts. This month we have Central and Southern Africa, so let's do the rest now:

The theme for next month is:
Northern Africa and Arabia

Essentially: Any place covered in sand. :lol:

I would prefer books written by African/Arabian Authors, but I can see that this may be difficult... So, books set in the African deserts would do just as nicely.
Especially welcome are suggestions of plays and poetry.

All languages welcome!
Cheers,
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Post by ToddHW » March 8th, 2020, 4:43 am

Okay, here are some suggestions. The descriptions are all from our catalog text.

https://librivox.org/birdseye-views-of-far-lands-by-james-t-nichols/
Birdseye Views of Far Lands is an interesting, wholesome presentation of something that a keen-eyed, alert traveler with the faculty of making contrasts with all classes of people in all sorts of places, in such a sympathetic way as to win their esteem and confidence, has been able to pick up as he has roamed over the face of the earth for a quarter of a century.
[A couple of chapters might be about countries that are in the right place for this month]

A play: https://librivox.org/caesar-and-cleopatra-by-george-bernard-shaw/
Shaw wants to prove that it was not love but politics that drew Cleopatra to Julius Caesar. He sees the Roman occupation of ancient Egypt as similar to the British occupation that was occurring during his time.

https://librivox.org/the-last-egyptian-by-l-frank-baum/
Published anonymously during Baum's lifetime as he did not want his adult adventure stories to detract from his children's fantasy stories, the story takes the limited points of view of three protagonists in the field of Egyptology

Play: Zenobia (A Dream of Ancient Egypt) in https://librivox.org/one-act-play-collection-005-by-various/ and also in https://librivox.org/one-act-play-collection-006-by-various/

https://librivox.org/the-pharaoh-and-the-priest-by-boleslaw-prus/
Prus, in selecting the reign of 'Pharaoh Ramses XIII' in the eleventh century BCE, sought a perspective that was detached from pressures of topicality and censorship. Pharaoh is set in the Egypt of 1087–85 BCE as that country experiences internal stresses and external threats that will culminate in the fall of its Twentieth Dynasty and New Kingdom. The young protagonist Ramses learns that those who would challenge the powers that be are vulnerable to co-option, seduction, subornation, defamation, intimidation and assassination. Perhaps the chief lesson, belatedly absorbed by Ramses as pharaoh, is the importance, to power, of knowledge.

https://librivox.org/queen-shebas-ring-by-h-rider-haggard/
A famed archeologist, an aging doctor, and a young army engineer set out across the African desert on a great adventure. Professor Higgs is in search of new archeological discoveries, Dr. Adams seeks to rescue his kidnapped son, and Captain Orme wants to forget an unhappy love affair. The road is fraught with danger, wild beasts, valiant enemies, and traitorous allies, but their greatest danger is a beautiful woman whom it is death to love.

https://librivox.org/understanding-climatic-change-by-usgarp/
The report gives an overview of past climates, a projection of future climate; it talks about state-of-the-art simulations and lays out a plan for future research and action.
[Covers the whole world and forever, so if you need filler, there has to be something in here that applies.]

Thanks, Todd

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