The Narrow Path

by Francis Selormey | Teens |
ISBN: 0435272020 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Torgin of Mülheim an der Ruhr, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on 8/26/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by Torgin from Mülheim an der Ruhr, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Friday, August 26, 2011
First-person narrator Kofi tells the story of his childchood and youth in late colonial Ghana with the family moving around in the country because of the father's job as a teacher. The father wants his children to stay on the "narrow path" of virtue, and especially Kofi finds this difficult, thus becoming his fathers preferred victim for beatings. Kofi's own dreams seem to fade away ...

Unfortunately, the story tells more about growing up in a strict home. What was specific of the colony's life is only a little bit of background colouring. This is really a pity as much of the culture could have been integrated for a more vivid telling. Of course, there's too much beating in education here, but partly this is due to the father's own helplessness and partly just thinking of the time.

Please be aware that this edition is shortened by at least two thirds (!) and retold in a simplified language. I've read the full text before and what I said above is based on that original issue.

Journal Entry 2 by wingholle77wing at Selm, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Many thanks for the book.

Journal Entry 3 by wingholle77wing at Selm, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Sunday, September 01, 2013
Yes, the book is written in a very simple language, nevertheless it shows some interesting things about education in that time. I agree to Aldawen that there are cultural items missing.

Journal Entry 4 by wingholle77wing at Meschede, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Sunday, October 06, 2013

Released 5 yrs ago (10/25/2013 UTC) at Meschede, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany


Macht sich demnächst auf den Weg zu nistbr per Post.

Journal Entry 5 by wingnistbrwing at Bremen, Bremen Germany on Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Got the book from holle77 today.
Thanks for sending. Will keep you updated.

Edit 10.11.2013
Very short Story about Kofi.
Kofi is a youn Boy, his father is a teacher and his mom sell food to the children at School.
Father, or later on, only called Master is very strickt. Every time, Kofi did something wrong, he got beaten. Mom cant so anything. Story about life in Ghana.

... sometimes sad ...

Read for the 1 Year = 1 Country challenge.

Journal Entry 6 by wingnistbrwing at -- Per Post geschickt/ Persönlich weitergegeben --, Bremen Germany on Friday, January 17, 2014

Released 4 yrs ago (1/17/2014 UTC) at -- Per Post geschickt/ Persönlich weitergegeben --, Bremen Germany


The book is traveling further into Pitak's Multi Kulti Box. (Ghana)

Viel Spaß beim lesen und wieder frei lassen.
Melde dich mal wieder, liebes Buch. Erzähl einfach, wie es dir bei deinem neuen Leser gefällt.

Journal Entry 7 by Dolleen at Hamburg - Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg Germany on Monday, March 24, 2014
Das Buch kam mit der Multi- Kulti- Box nach Hamburg und wird von dort aus auch wieder abreisen.
Mir hat die Geschichte gut gefallen. Ich konnte mir richtig einen älteren Mann vorstellen, der von seiner Kindheit erzählt. Auf den Inhalt sind die anderen Leser schon genug eingegangen. Ich mochte es, dass der Autor auch im Nachhinein die Gewalt weder interpretiert noch schöngeredet hat.

Journal Entry 8 by CrimsonAngel at Offenbach/Main, Hessen Germany on Friday, April 11, 2014
I took this book out of the BookBox Pitaks Multi-Kulti Box.

Journal Entry 9 by CrimsonAngel at Offenbach/Main, Hessen Germany on Saturday, April 11, 2015
I read this book for the Bergabbau Challenge 2015 in April. And it counts for the 1 Jahr = 1 Land-Lifetime Challenge for Ghana.

So sad is is a shortened version. I didn't like the simplified language. But the story was quite interesting, because it tells much about the way of life in Ghana some time ago.

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