The Reader’s 2017 reads

Christopher Farai Charamba The Reader As the year comes to a close it is always good for one to reflect on what it is they achieved and where they fell short during the 12 months. Many set themselves...

Poet who put Scotland on the literary map

Christopher Farai Charamba The Reader One recently had the opportunity to tour the Scottish Parliament. The experience was quite interesting learning about how this nation without its own State opera...

Prompt pleasure and the reader

Christopher Farai Charamba Column Name Instant gratification is a feature of 21st century society. It can be defined as the desire to experience pleasure or fulfilment without delay or deferment. Psy...

The making of a good reader

Christopher Farai Charamba The Reader What makes a good reader? Is it the ability to consume hundreds of books in a year? Or perhaps a good reader is the one who can retell the story with precision s...

An atheist’s view of the final days

Christopher Farai Charamba The Reader The book of Revelations in the Bible is quite descriptive on what one should expect during the end days of the world. Many other religions have their own version...

The long letter with life lessons

Christopher Farai Charamba The Reader One finds that the best books are those that you can immediately establish a connection with. If a book should resonate then it certainly makes the reader more i...

On literature prizes

Christopher Farai Charamba The Reader Last Thursday, October 5, 2017 the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro, a British writer of Japanese origin. Ishiguro penned novels such as t...

Ways that books make one feel

Christopher Farai Charamba The Reader The best books, like most forms of art, invoke a feeling in the reader. They challenge the reader to examine their emotions, thoughts and truths and these sentim...
Oscar Wilde

Overcoming reader’s block

Christopher Farai Charamba The Reader A couple of years ago, one came across one of those online challenges. This specific one was to read 50 books in a year. As someone who is fond of books and is r...

A long ode to home from the Diaspora

Christopher Farai Charamba The Reader Over the years a number of Zimbabweans have emigrated to different parts of the world. In this digital age and aided by social media Zimbabweans the world over h...

A Eurocentric view of apartheid

Christopher Farai Charamba The Reader Facebook has this feature, memories, where it reminds of your posts from time gone by. Those who are frequent users of the social media application might be fami...

An ode to the magic of books

Christopher Farai Charamba The Reader “I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” These are the words of celebrat...