During Martha B. Hopkinss five-month stay in southern Africa, great changes were happening.Nelson Mandela had been president of South Africa for just two years, and the new South Africawas forging its historic post-apartheid constitution. Namibia hadnt celebrated its fifth birthday.It was also a time of great change for Martha Hopkins, a writer and adventurer blessed with awide-eyed curiosity and the courage to examine herself as she examined the world.
Aside fromalmost being killed in a car accident, she found herself on the edge of a diamond smugglingscam, was the Auntie on remote Karo sheep farms for weeks, met with ordinary people andsuch notables as Bishop Tutu, the Director of the International Library of African Music, and theSpeaker of the Namibian Parliament. She spent time in shanty towns and jazz clubs, attendedupscale cocktail parties and several autopsies and the first AIDS-related case heard before theSouth African Supreme Court.This is an entertaining and sometimes disturbing account.
Hopkins writes with a blend of humorand anger, in a voice thats altogether personal without being self-absorbed.