Published: February 18, 2012.
Nonfiction » History » Asian
This academic research explores the ideology of religious studies with respect to early 20th century studies of Japan. Since 1945, “State Shintō” has been defined in academic literature as a state religion. In fact, the Japanese government took concrete steps to separatetheir patriotic ceremonies from religion; it was Christian missionaries who encouraged the opposite view.
This book is well worth your time. Mr. Elsden never leaves his area of expertise or purports to tell the whole story of South Africa, but by sticking to what he saw he does a great job of filling his readers in on parts of that story that the outside world never got a chance to see. The author has a lack of vanity and a level of maturity and conscience that makes his autobiography a pleasurable read even for a stranger, although I sometimes wish he had supplied us with more detail about what it was like to work on the streets.
Personally, some of the shock and tragedy in this book was so far outside my personal experience, the only images I could summon into my head were scenes from the film /District 9/-- which I suppose gave the world a more intimate look at South Africa than most people realized.
I bought three books about the apartheid era from Smashwords. One was great, one was amazing and professional quality. This one was terrible. Unreadable pap, written by someone with no capacity for critical thought.
The author has evidently been under a rock since 1993. His memoir/novel/whatever ends in 1993, with his liberal utopia being realized, and he has no idea what happened afterwards. It's been EIGHTEEN YEARS. Did you read the newspaper ONCE since then? Where is your utopia now? Why haven't you moved back to South Africa to enjoy its fruits?
He also can't write and can't edit his writing. He writes like a third grader with a learning impediment. The first chapter or so might look half decent but after that it gets unreadable. Absolutely do not buy this under any circumstances.