The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho #Book #Review


The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho is the most beautiful piece of storytelling meshed with spiritual insight I have ever read. When  finished reading it , I wanted to restart.

I have had to hold myself from copying and pasting every bit of the book into my favourite quotes section in Evernote.

For anyone who wants to listen to his or her heart and achieve (in Alchemists’ speak) his or her Personal Legend, you need, nay, MUST read this piece of heaven. It’s a short read. Took me under 12 hours.

The book is solemn, funny, tension filled, cloaked with anticipation, foreboding, frustration, and a story of true love , self-mastery and the discovery of God. Paolo has masterfully expressed his path to personal enlightenment is this literary jewel. Here are three of my favourite quotes (spoiler alert!):

1. “I make my living forecasting the future for people,” he said. “I know the science of the twigs, and I know how to use them to penetrate to the place where all is written. There, I can read the past, discover what has already been forgotten, and understand the omens that are here in the present. 

“When people consult me, it’s not that I’m reading the future; I am guessing at the future. The future belongs to God, and it is only he who reveals it, under extraordinary circumstances. How do I guess at the future? Based on the omens of the present. The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better. Forget about the future, and live each day according to the teachings, confident that God loves his children. Each day, in itself, brings with it an eternity”.

2. They ate in silence. The alchemist opened a bottle and poured a red liquid into the boy’s cup. It was the most delicious wine he had ever tasted. 

“Isn’t wine prohibited here?” the boy asked

“It’s not what enters men’s mouths that’s evil,” said the alchemist. “It’s what comes out of their mouths that is.” 

3. Two nights later, as he was getting ready to bed down, the boy looked for the star they followed every night. He thought that the horizon was a bit lower than it had been, because he seemed to see stars on the desert itself.

“It’s the oasis,” said the camel driver.
“Well, why don’t we go there right now?” the boy asked.
“Because we have to sleep.”

Man…I could copy and paste the whole book here just out of excitement. But, not only would that be illegal, but I would be preventing you from knowing your heart.

You can find the book on amazon.

Read, enjoy and share your experience. As for me, I am going back to page one.

#Kankwe Volume 1 by @JoviLeMonstre – An amateur’s review

Let me get this out of the way first: I stand by my views -always.

That is why I have always been explicit about my stance on  Jovi’s music– I don’t like his language. He is crude and raw.

But here is the other truth: He is true to himself. He sings about his life and his society. He says what he believes in. He is proud of his music AND his roots.
I greatly respect that.
I have never given a review for a music album,let alone an EP, but #Kankwe Volume 1 by ace Cameroonian musician and record producer ;@JoviLeMonstre, deserves it.
I will (of course) give my opinion on each track. The album is free.

If this album was sold, it would definitely have been worth every CFA.

I downloaded and listened to the whole album on repeat the whole afternoon for some time.

Each song is 3mins on average  and there are four new tracks excluding the hit ‘B.A.S.T.A.R.D’ with his protégé, Reni$$. By track order, here they are:

1. Fufu with Njap Ft. Andre-Marie Talla

The blend is incredible. I would have expected to get more of the great Andre-Marie’s voice but Jovi was all over the place with ‘Fufu Witi Njap’. When was the last time you saw the word ‘Fufu’ in a song title? IKR? Sweet!

“ Shidon di kongossa while my music di circulate…”
“Bip no be na call…”
From all indications, Jovi writes his songs from excruciating reflection. It is as though every sentence could seep into pop culture. The only thing left to do is to memorize the whole song. The rap beat…man…
Normally, only a real ‘Don For Kwat’ will understand the jargon. He speaks in the language he knows and understands- that is why the majority can relate with him.
2. Mboko
Mboko starts like a default fruity loops beat ( until the real deal hits 5secs later). He talks of himself, his origin and childhood. But also his worries:

Eto’o tu pars ou nor? You want say make who remain score?”
A plea…maybe? I suppose it is a national one. But I find this song much more…jovial. He is happy here. He is proud of…everything.

“I want chop me na nyamangoro!’.
“If Batibo Coco no be fine coco then why the thing di still sell?”– My best quote in this album.

Can you answer the question? It’s almost talking to me. Here is my angle: if you keep complaining about the government, then why is it still there? OR if you keep saying Jovi’s music is not good, why does everyone listen to/enjoy it?
I get a slight Kendrick Lamar feel here…what about you?

3. Kamer Coke Ft. Daddy Black
This is a club banger. I was shaking all through (and …just so you know …I have been medically diagnosed as: unable to coordinate body movement effectively-meaning I can’t dance.)
The music video will be huge. The beat is awesome. Wicked moves with a proper director and full throttled crew will be memorable.
I think it is short though but then again, good things don’t last.

“I don’t know why they no want lef me….Go away if you came to tempt me…I dey this business na seeka Ngeme.”
Honesty seems to be his trademark. He is not scared of you and you know it.
But if you listen closely, you can also get the innuendo in the:
“ Give chop for massa…” segment.
Maybe it is real food…was I there when he wrote the song? I beg…wouna leave me…

“Check the price on the shopping list, you will find that true love is still expensive”.

4. BWAM!
If you know any other Cameroonian artiste who has this uncanny ability to utilize jargon effectively, PLEASE let me know. As at now, Jovi’s the King.
“I don’t know you, you don’t know me either…my name no fit remain for your mop …the truth is bitter”.
How smart is that!? See the pun?
I can’t help but picture the music video on Mount Fako. When I listen to the song I think of heights. I see wind, nature and a lot of hope
Resolve too. Like nothing can stop the D4K.
The song is…BWAM!

5. B.A.S.T.A.R.D Ft Reni$$:

Everybody (except yours truly ) loved this song when Jovi released some months back. There are many takes on this: watch for yourself and gauge.
Jovi is good.
Make man no lie…I di jealous me yah….


P.S: I don’t understand half  the jargon used in his music. Someone should do an encyclopedia of Cameroonian jargon…seriously….but then again…I am not a true  D4k 🙂

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