A Great Read: African Me & Satellite TV

Many people believe that modeling a life of kindness and compassion is key to lifting humanity out of violence and despair. The approach suits my introverted personality, and it certainly feels safe.

Yet, I often wonder if it’s enough, and whether what’s truly required of me is to speak, write, and act for change. I worry that some will misinterpret my silence as condoning the wrongs visited upon the world. My recluse nature engages in an ongoing battle with what I believe is my responsibility as a human being.

61u1SUKn1pL._SL1000_That’s one reason why Jo Robinson’s book, African Me & Satellite TV, struck me as such a great read. It felt personal.

African Me & Satellite TV is a book with a message about injustice, responsibility, and forgiveness. In its pages, Robinson takes the reader on a journey through one woman’s painful acknowledgment of the truth about silence, and the power of her voice that ultimately sets her heart free.

The main protagonist is Suzette, a white woman living in Zimbabwe after the nation underwent violent land reform in the 1990’s. Though a genuinely kind and thoughtful person she is also deeply withdrawn and non-confrontational, silent in the face of prejudiced attitudes and unjust treatment of black Africans by the white minority.

When two fiercely bigoted racists move into the community, few citizens are spared the ensuing verbal and physical violence. Regardless of the consequences, Suzette finds her courage and can no longer hold her tongue.

Jo Robinson

Jo Robinson

Through Suzette, Robinson gives the reader a glimpse of the truth about African colonization and the tremendous injustices perpetrated against the African people. Throughout the book, the readers also witnesses the respectful and loving relationships that can flourish when people find the strength to forgive each other the wrongs of the past and acknowledge their shared humanity.

The story unfolds at a quick pace. All of Robinson’s characters are engaging and richly portrayed, particularly Suzette and her vibrant cook, Princess. I recommend African Me & Satellite TV to anyone who enjoys a tale about standing up to injustice in hope of a better future.

African Me & Satellite TV available on Amazon: Here

18 thoughts on “A Great Read: African Me & Satellite TV

  1. It’s one of those books that flies by. You’ll enjoy it.

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  2. Still have to read it and it is on my list!! Great review, Jo! Congratulations!

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  3. A wonderful review. I’ve read it too and I agree with you.

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  4. Kev says:

    Still going strong, Jo! 😀

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  5. danniehill says:

    Like you, I love this book and recommend it to every reader

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  6. The white minority in Africa and their bias…just confounds me. Looks like a good read. Van

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  7. philipparees says:

    IT is probably most easily through ‘fiction’ that a voice against oppression can be raised, without it seeming strident or narrowly political. Makes it hard for those who do not write fiction! The unspoken convention of the internet is politeness or silence, and not rocking boats. I have decided to ignore that and take the consequences. It is a kind of new oppression that needs to be challenged, and Jo does it often, not only through her books but in blogs as well. Perhaps we South Africans have an appetite for confrontation!

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    • Thank you for the comment. I agree that fiction tends to be less threatening when it comes to addressing the world’s challenges. It doesn’t feel as confrontational and yet retains the ability to open eyes and expand perspectives. The important thing, in my view, is to add our voices to the call for respect, understanding, compassion, and love.

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  8. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Delighted that lovely friend to us all Jo Robinson has received another great review for her book African Me & Satellite TV.. I enjoyed it when I read the book and I am sure you will too, especially after reading this review.

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  9. Reblogged this on Jo Robinson and commented:
    Thank you so much to the awesome author D. Wallace Peach for this wonderful review of African Me. I’m honoured and grateful that she not only took the time to read it, but to write such a beautiful and thoughtful review. Thank you Diana!

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  10. Thank you so much for this wonderful and thoughtful review Diana. You really absolutely got the way I feel about putting words out there sometimes that could be a bit uncomfortable. Thank you more!

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