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Hatherleigh Press, Summer 2019

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The Book of African Proverbs
A Collection of Timeless Wisdom, Wit, Sayings & Advice
By (author): Gerd De Ley
9781578268030 Hardcover English General Trade REFERENCE / Quotations Jun 25, 2019
$20.00 CAD
Active 4.99 x 7.41 x 1.21 in 336 pages Hatherleigh Books Hatherleigh Press
The Book of African Proverbs collects over 1,200 of the best, most profound and illuminating proverbs from Africa, its nations and its people.

Back in the 19th century, Africa was often referred to as “the Dark Continent” in the sense that Africa’s culture and people were largely mysterious and unknown to Europeans. Even today with all the information we have at our disposal, Africa is still viewed by many as a monolithic entity instead of a great continent with a myriad of diverse nations, cultures, and inhabitants. The Book of African Proverbs seek to illuminate these different cultures by highlighting the wisdom, humor, and character of people from all over Africa. The insights within The Book of African Proverbs are simultaneously unique and universal making it a wonderful starter collection for anyone interested in Africa’s rich culture.

AN AFFORDABLE GIFT. This thoughtful title captures the rich qualities of African culture, featuring advice, common-sense wisdoms and unique worldviews, all presented in a convenient, compact volume that makes the perfect gift for anyone looking to expand their horizons.

HIGHLY READABLE. Simple and accessible, this book is easy to pick up at any time, providing a new insight into African culture with each reading.

CONVENIENT, TIMELY AND INSPIRING. Drawn from the most well-known and representative proverbs in African culture, this book will help better anyone’s understanding of “the Dark Continent.”

Gerd de Ley is a former English teacher and has been a professional writer and actor since 1975. From an early age, Gerd has been an avid collector of quotations and proverbs from all over the world and has had more than 450 works published in Holland and Belgium. His most comprehensive book, Het Grootste Citatenboek ter Wereld (translated as The Greatest Quotation Book in the World), was published in 2009 and contains over 40,000 quotes. For the past two decades, Gerd has worked together with linguist David Potter to bring his work to English audiences, resulting in publications in England, USA, India, Finland, China, and Vietnam.

Author Residence: Belgium

Author Hometown: Belgium

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