African women were known for wearing conservative but beautiful traditional dresses. Such dresses conform with the cultural values and norms of Africa. The traditional African attire portrays decency, respect and high moral values.
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And though Sean Connerywho plays Murray, conveys every ounce of courage, savvy and rectitude this movie could want, the whole notion may still make us queasy. Does fictitious Kinjanja-or any African country-have to look to Scotland and James Bond for its main heroes? The film is based on William Boyd's novel of diplomatic lowlife and sexual high jinks in emerging Africa. And though that book has been compared with Evelyn Waugh's comic novels "Black Mischief," A Handful of Dust"it's both less and more.
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Once again, the book was not what I expected at all. Basically a comic novel, a satire, a pastiche. As I say, I think Boyd is still looking for his voice.
The chapel at Michaelhouse, South Africa's top public school on the English model, can hold worshippers. At the funeral of David Rattray yesterday, the chapel was full, and twice as many more followed the proceedings on large screens outside. The most commonly used word in the tributes to the year-old Rattray was "icon".
Actors lead glamorous, privileged lives — or so we think. The tiny flats, a general lack of space and the common practice of sharing tables with strangers at restaurants contributed to the culture shock Liew felt as a fresh graduate from Malaysia when she arrived in Hong Kong inclutching a plush toy in one hand and her luggage in the other. We catch up with Liew as she gets ready to appear at an event.
A good book is the basis for "A Good Man in Africa," but its mordant humor has curdled badly on the screen. Although William Boyd, the author of these gimlet-eyed observations of colonial antics in Africa, adapted his own novel and also served as one of the film's producers, "A Good Man in Africa" now has none of the cunning that it had on the page. The film has been directed in woefully unfunny fashion by Bruce Beresford "Driving Miss Daisy," "Black Robe," "Tender Mercies"whose talents ordinarily take a more quietly dramatic turn.