An African in Greenland

Ferdinand reviews a Jamaican man’s book on Japan, and I’m reminded of Tete-Michel Kpomassie’s An African in Greenland. As a teenager, Kpomassie ran away ran away from his home in Togo with the unusual aim of going to Greenland, and indeed he eventually gets there and has various fish-out-of-water experiences among the Intuit. It’s a great book because you’re simultaneously being exposed to two very foreign cultures at once, and because Kpomassie is an insightful and sympathetic observer. And unlike Ferdinand’s author, Kpomassie is also an excellent writer. Altogether one of my all-time favourite books.