Peculiar by Lang Fafa Dampha

A young Gambian man’s search for a new life in Paris.

In this interesting story we follow the immigration, hopes, and dreams of the protagonist Sainy as he leaves his native Gambia, in search of a better life in Paris. This migration is seen as a way of securing a better future, however it is still a courageous thing for the young Gambian man to do.

The story begins with Sainy’s plane descending to Roissy, Paris Charles De Gaule. Immediately he discovers how different Europe smells, how dull it is, and how wet. Yet, this is the place where his future lies, and he is soon to learn that life in Europe is very, very different from his native Africa.

He manages to find lodgings in Paris with Janneh, a friendly African who is extremely generous and is very caring, and his wife Kaddy. However life amongst the African community in Paris is very different from back home. He discovers that the women benefit from the famous French “Allocation familiale” – Child Benefit monthly, free medical care, and transport on the buses and the metro. In this promised land of Liberté Égalité Fraternité the role of the woman is very different from in Gambia, and this is something the women and their husbands find it difficult to adjust to.

Sainy manages to secure a temporary residents permit for three months and spends his time watching how his people live and behave in this other country, comparing in very thought-provoking ways, the lives they lead now to how their lives would have been, had they stayed in Africa. He discovers the ‘Peculiar’ attitude of his people living in this very different country, noticing their anger and how the roles are different. His people may be in another country, far from Gambia, but their heritage and roots still stand firm in their hearts and outlook, especially when they feel there is injustice. He discovers that some traditions like the replacement of wives if one dies are still maintained even though they are out of their own country, and realises that it is impossible for his people not to compare the differences in the cultures and how it affects them.   It is interesting that as he watches it doesn’t seem to occur to him that he might adjust the same, and that under the umbrella of Europe he may adapt, and adopt these different values himself.

He falls in love with the beautiful Gambian divorcée Fatou. She had admired him since they first met at Kaddy’s, and they got to know each other more. A mother of a young son, she looks after him well and eventually they become engaged and married. The icing is truly on the plate when Sainy receives his residency permit, now nothing can stop him following his dreams…

The author of this interesting and thought-provoking story, Lang Fafa Dampa was born in the Gambia, migrated to Paris, where he earned a B.A. in English Language and Literature, and a Ph.D. in English Studies (Society and Culture). He also taught Legal English (Law and Politics – UK/USA) and Economic English, for two years before returning to Africa and working as a Senior Research and Programme Officer at the African Union office (the African Academy of Languages) in Bamako, Mali, from November 2009 to July 2015, and as Acting Executive Secretary from August 2015 to December 2018, and from then to now as Executive Secretary of the same institution.

This fascinating story gives its readers a true look into the lives of Gambian immigrants to Europe, showing the adjustments they have to make, and what drives them to succeed.

About the Author:

Born in the Gambia, Lang Fafa Dampha lived and worked in Paris between 1989 and 2009. He has obtained a B.A. in English Language and Literature at the University of Paris 7 Jussieu, and a Ph.D. in English Studies (Society and Culture) at the University of Paris IV Sorbonne. Lang Fafa taught Legal English (Law and Politics – UK/USA) at the University of Paris 2 – Panthéon Assas, and Economic English (introduction to banking and finance, and the history of economic thought) at the University of Paris 8, Saint Denis, for two and a half years. He returned to Africa in November 2009 and is now working as Executive Secretary at the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), in Bamako, Mali, which is the African Union’s specialised institution mandated to develop and promote African languages so that they could be used in all spheres of life in Africa.

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About the Book:

Sainy, a young Gambian immigrant arrives in Paris with high hopes for a better life; . At firstin the beginning, he faces a lot of immigration restrictions. He is later seduced by Fatou, a Gambian divorcée who madly falls in love with him, and they get married. Through the eyes of the protagonist, the reader will discover, the purposelessness, fake lifestyle and illusion surrounding the community of African immigrants living in France, marked by racism, treachery, jealousy, adultery and death.

Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Peculiar-Lang-Fafa-Dampha-ebook/dp/B08FZJN6J7/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=lang+fafa+dampha&qid=1598257794&sr=8-3

Robby’s Quest: Thrills and Chills by D. C. Rush

A beautiful children’s story

Robby's Quest: Thrills and Chills

About D. C. Rush: We actually began writing our first children’s book about 2 years ago. Cathy and I would often sit outside watching the birds. We fed the birds daily. They were very clever and fun to watch, especially when the little birds kicked seed to the ground for the larger birds. It seemed the birds had some group structure and displayed very effective teamwork. We thought it would be interesting to write a book about birds flying south for the winter.
The finished book sat on our computer hard drive for over a year before my brother and sister-in-law convinced us to self-publishing. I never thought we would actually publish our work. However, the birth of our grandson Rylie gave us some added incentive to get the book out there, and we decided to dedicate the book to him. We thought it would be nice to leave something behind for our children and their children. So we had the book proofed, edited, illustrated then self-published it ourselves at Amazon.com.
Cathy and Don currently live in Arizona with their cats, Nomi and Hershey. Cathy is a homemaker and Don is a retired Manufacturing Manager and former Elementary School Governing Board Member.

About the book: The world is a very big place when you’re a little bird, but Robby and his flock of Robins, Mourning Doves, Sparrows and a lone Blackbird are determined to see as much of it as they can.

Their latest trip takes them up the coastline from San Diego to San Francisco. This means that their friend Wanda the Whale can follow along too, bringing her new friend, Wilma the Whale with her. Those aren’t the only friends the birds have. They also meet Rhonda the Red Fox, Ollie the Owl and Ellie the Eagle who all play a very important role when two baby Robins from Robby’s flock are kidnapped by a Hawk.

The birds see some amazing sights on their travels, such as Muscle Beach, giant Redwood Trees in Big Sur, Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge. They also get to ride on roller coasters, cable cars and do bird bungee jumping!

This is another enjoyable and educational children’s story from D.C Rush about friendship, loyalty, excitement and adventure with some unusual but charming heroes and heroines.

Review by Susan Keefe

In this fourth book, we join Robby the Robin and his ever growing flock of mixed species birds as they decide to travel again, this time their adventures are to take them down the coast and they are joined by their seafaring friends  Wanda the Whale and her friend Wilma.

During their adventures, they have fun visiting lots of new places and meeting new friends, soon discovering that the tales of their previous escapades have spread far and wide.

However, at a resting place in a Redwood forest disaster strikes the flock in the shape of another bird – an evil Hawk.

In this book, as in the others of this series, children through an engaging story which is really beautifully illustrated,  learn about important qualities, such as obeying their parents, consideration for others, loyalty, friendship and trust.

I think that an added bonus is that, whilst sitting watching the birds feed with the children I found myself showing them the different bird species, and we had great fun comparing them to the Robby’s Quest characters.

Available from Amazon on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F9IJMQG 

and Createspace in Paperback here https://www.createspace.com/441477


 

Robby’s Quest for Seed by D.C. Rush

Robby’s Quest for Seed

Product Details

 

Available in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Robbys-Quest-Seed-D-C-Rush/dp/1481055852/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357057918&sr=8-1&keywords=Robbies+quest+for+seed

and Kindle format  http://www.amazon.com/Robbys-Quest-for-Seed-ebook/dp/B009V7GZ2K/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1357057918&sr=8-2&keywords=Robbies+quest+for+seed

Nook book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/robbys-quest-for-seed-dc-rush/1113865015?ean=2940015737028

Barnes & Noble Paperback http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/robbys-quest-for-seed-dc-rush/1113865015?ean=9781481055857

Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/270644

 

Watch the YouTube Trailer here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1oqoMG1pNA

 

When you watch the birds outside your window preparing to fly south for the winter, do you ever wonder how they know where to go, and in which direction?

Well, in this delightful book you follow Robby the Robin, his brother, and a variety of feathered friends on their adventures south.

The flock, led by Robby, leave their big Maple tree with its bird feeder and lovely birdbath and set off, they’ve decided democratically, that Florida is going to be their spring break destination.

Each adult bird has a job, and the parents supervise their children.

Disaster strikes when one youngster goes missing on the way. What has happened to her? Will they be able to find her?

However, things get worse when they arrive to find Florida has been struck by a hurricane and there’s no food to be found anywhere. Follow their adventures as they struggle to find warmth and food.

Will they be able to find their way to safety and survive?

I think this is a lovely children’s book, which through an interesting story explains in a child friendly way, bird behaviour and migration.

 

 

Robby’s Quest: Return of the Cat by D. C. Rush

Robby and his friends adventures continue with Hershey the Cat.

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Available on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BI0MU4U

or at Createspace here https://www.createspace.com/4087638

Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/270644

Nook book http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/robbys-quest-dc-rush/1114680458?ean=2940016316017

Hershey the Cat is sad, horrible recurring nightmares haunt his sleep and all his authority has gone, all because of a silly incident with some annoying birds. What’s more, his life is changing and he has no control over it. He’s not sure what’s happening, but one thing he does know is that he’s not a happy cat!

After their summer in San Diego, Robby and his flock are deciding where to go next. Some of the flock decide to stay put, but the others are undecided. In the end, they decide to go to Las Vegas where apparently you can see many replicas of the wonders of the world in one place. The next day they set off.

Two trips made at the same time, one by a cat haunted by memories, the other by a flock of birds. What are the chances of them meeting? And, if by chance they did, what might happen?

Finally arriving in Las Vegas the flock make friends with some very unusual coloured birds and have the time of their life, visiting all the famous sights.

Meanwhile, Hershey finally arrives at his new destination and has an amazing surprise.

What will the future hold for Robby and his flock?

You’ll have to read the book to find out!

I loved having the opportunity to follow Robby’s adventures with Hershey, and could not help but admire the beautiful illustrations by the very talented Daniela Frongia.

Robby’s Quest: Ocean Bound by D.C. Rush

The further adventures of Robby the Robin and his friends.

 

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In the first book, Robby’s Quest for Seed, we discovered how Robby and Ricky the Robins, and their friends, migrated to Arizona, and the adventures they had on the way.

In this second book, we join the assorted flock of birds as they discover that Arizona is getting hotter by the day and wonder if they ought to migrate again, but this time to somewhere cooler.

The birds are trying to deciding where to go, and then Ruby, Ricky’s girlfriend and one of the new flock members suggests they go to San Diego, by the coast. She has been there before. All the other birds listen with interest as she tells them excitedly about her previous visit, how the weather is glorious and the food is plentiful, until finally convinced, they agree to migrate there.

Led by Ruby, they set off on their new adventure, eventually arriving in beautiful San Diego. It seems like paradise to them and soon they’ve picked their nesting tree in the gorgeous Balboa Park.

Happily, the birds go off the next day, exploring their beautiful new surroundings, but the two young sparrows Joy and Rosie become bored with sunning on the beach and decide to fly out to a big white ship they spy on the ocean.

The journey is further than they think, and when they arrive on deck they’re hungry, so they eat and take a nap. To their horror, when they awake they discover they are miles away from the flock, surrounded by sea and on an adventure of their own!

Meanwhile at home, when they’re discovered missing, all the birds go out searching for them,  then Sid the Mourning Dove learns from Sadie the friendly Seagull that she saw two Sparrows flying over to a big white ship, but didn’t notice them return.

Soon a search party sets off down the south coast and into Mexico to try and find them.

But will they succeed?

What will become of the intrepid flock next?

The continuing adventures of Robby, Ricky and the rest of the flock make a lovely story, sure to enthral any youngster, and the book is beautifully illustrated by Kaui Wilson.

 

See the YouTube Trailer here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCBtGM-_oqA&feature=youtu.be

 

The book is available through the author’s websitehttp://www.dcrushbooks.com

Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Robbys-Quest-Ocean-Bound-1/dp/1481989715/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358429474&sr=1-2&keywords=robbys+quest%3A+ocean+bound

Amazon Kindle Edition http://www.amazon.com/Robbys-Quest-Ocean-Bound-ebook/dp/B009V7IRL2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1358428468&sr=1-1&keywords=robbys+quest%3A+ocean+bound

CreateSpace https://www.createspace.com/4106755

Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/robbys-quest-dc-rush/1114144592

Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/274779