Out of Darkness, Shining Light by Petina Gappah audiobook

Out of Darkness, Shining Light: A Novel

By Petina Gappah
Read by Nyasha Hatendi  and Sibongile Mlambo

Simon & Schuster Audio
10.12 Hours Unabridged
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“This is how we carried out of Africa the poor broken body of Bwana Daudi, the Doctor, David Livingstone, so that he could be borne across the sea and buried in his own land.” So begins Petina Gappah’s powerful novel of exploration and adventure in nineteenth-century Africa—the captivating story of the loyal men and women who carried explorer and missionary Dr. Livingstone’s body, his papers and maps, fifteen hundred miles across the continent of Africa, so his remains could be returned home to England and his work preserved there. Narrated by Halima, the doctor’s sharp-tongued cook, and Jacob Wainwright, a rigidly pious freed slave, this is a story that encompasses all of the hypocrisy of slavery and colonization—the hypocrisy at the core of the human heart—while celebrating resilience, loyalty, and love.

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Summary

Summary

Finalist for the 2020 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Fiction

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

A Christian Science Monitor selection of Best Books of the Month

A Vulture.com Pick of Best Books of Fall

A Literary Hub Pick of 2019's Most Anticipated Books

A BuzzFeed Books Pick of Most Anticipated Upcoming Books

A Millions.com Pick of Most Anticipated Books of the Year

“This is how we carried out of Africa the poor broken body of Bwana Daudi, the Doctor, David Livingstone, so that he could be borne across the sea and buried in his own land.”

So begins Petina Gappah’s powerful novel of exploration and adventure in nineteenth-century Africa—the captivating story of the loyal men and women who carried explorer and missionary Dr. Livingstone’s body, his papers and maps, fifteen hundred miles across the continent of Africa, so his remains could be returned home to England and his work preserved there. Narrated by Halima, the doctor’s sharp-tongued cook, and Jacob Wainwright, a rigidly pious freed slave, this is a story that encompasses all of the hypocrisy of slavery and colonization—the hypocrisy at the core of the human heart—while celebrating resilience, loyalty, and love.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Based on Livingstone’s journals and narrated by his gossipy cook and a freedman with a messiah complex, this textured novel illuminates the agonies of colonialism and blind loyalty.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Scrupulously researched…The real heroes of this carefully crafted novel are Halima and Wainwright and the other Africans history has hitherto condemned to suffer in silence…We can now hear their voices.” New York Times Book Review
“Searing, poignant, often hilarious…Gappah’s treatment of her characters’ odyssey, by turns playful and tragic, is underpinned by a larger theme: the legacy of colonization.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“An indictment of the legacy of slavery and colonialism that is also an engrossing adventure story.” Library Journal (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Petina Gappah

Author Bio: Petina Gappah

Petina Gappah is an award-winning and widely translated Zimbabwean writer. She is the author of two novels and two short-story collections. Her work has also been published in the New Yorker, Der Spiegel, London Financial Times, and the Africa Report. She has also been a DAAD Writing Fellow in Berlin, an Open Society Fellow, and a Livingstone Scholar at Cambridge University. She has law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University in Austria, and the University of Zimbabwe.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 10.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English