Thursday, 2 August 2018

Letter To Country by Rethabile Masilo + #Giveaway

Letter To Country by Rethabile Masilo
Published in America by Canopic in October 2016.

How I got this book:
Bought the ebook via Smashwords

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Where to buy this book:

The Book Depository (PB)
Wordery (PB)
Smashwords (ebook)
Amazon (ebook)

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Letter to Country blends together life experiences from a childhood in Lesotho and South Africa during a time of apartheid with adulthood in the Appalachian mountains of East Tennessee and beyond. In his third published poetry collection, Rethabile Masilo demonstrates why he continues to receive international praise for his superb craftsmanship and profound sensitivities.

I felt as though I had left it too long since last reading a poetry collection and a quick glance at my reviews showed that almost three months have gone by since Nicole Nesca's Let It Bleed. Because of this I was delightful to find that Letter To Country - which I downloaded on a whim from Smashwords - contains many beautifully crafted poems with amazingly vivid imagery. I loved envisaging scenes and people from Lesotho and South Africa and the Appalachian region of America. As a man living in exile from his homeland, Masilo imbues his poems with such a strong sense of nostalgia that some are heartbreaking to read. He also has a striking turn of phrase able to concisely impart an idea or impression to his readers. Letter To Country is an extensive collection that includes nearly sixty poems. I could appreciate some more than others and, unsurprisingly from so much work, there were a few that were misses for me, but overall I loved Letter To Country and am happy and grateful to have had the opportunity to read it.

And now it's time for the Giveaway!

The prize is an ebook edition of Letter To Country by Rethabile Masilo, gifted to the winner via Smashwords.
Open internationally until midnight (UK time) on the 16th August 2018.

Entry is by way of the Gleam widget below. This giveaway is entirely my own and is not affiliated with either the author or Smashwords. I just really want more readers to be aware of this book!
(GDPR: Gleam will ask for your email address so that I am able to contact the winner. I will then need to tell Smashwords that winning email address so they can send out the book.)

Poetry book giveaway - Letter To Country by Rethabile Masilo ebook

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  1. Thanks for hosting this giveaway, this collection looks awesome!!
    Tori @ In Tori Lex

    1. I think you would appreciate this collection Tori :-)

  2. This sounds like a great collection. Having spent some time in the mountains of Tennessee, I can see it inspiring some beautiful prose.

  3. Glad to hear this one had more hits than misses for you!

  4. exile and apartheid are two of my fav topics AND 'm waaay overdue fr reading poetry! I should keep this one in mind, I'm glad you enjoy it!

  5. Congratulations Louise H!
    I hope you enjoy your book :-)


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