This book is a celebration, a gracious vision. Booley’s South Africa shows ordinary people caught at a crossroads, entangled in a confused unity. He brings the beauty of humanity through all the difference of religion, culture, class and gender diversity. His character and style reveal an unbridled optimism, not to mention a casual touch of irony.
The Lunda are a dignified people. Powerful, brave, proud and loyal to the traditions of their ancestors. The Lunda were one of the most respected and successful civilisations in central Africa from the 18th to the mid-19th century, but even in the 21st century their culture and traditions remain vital and relevant.