Book Review: Little Boygium - Wonderful Experience by Joel Savagecategories: Book, Belgium, Travel, Emigration, Mannekenpis, Flemish, French, Immigration, Adventurous, Languages, Brussels, Antwerp, Inspirational
Joel Savageabout this book: In every country, there is a monument or symbol which brings immediate familiarity, attention, or recognition to that country. The Statue of Liberty represents America, the Eiffel tower is France pride, the Colosseum explores Italy's bloodiest history, and the statue of Jesus Christ is Brazil's redeemer.
Belgium's representational monument is the 'Manneken Pis'. This popular statue of a little boy urinating was made by Hierronymus Duquesnoy in 1619 and has stolen the heart of many tourists worldwide. Because of the statue's popularity in Belgium, the writer chose to name his fifth memoire Little Boygium.
This book describes the rough road Joel travelled while becoming a writer, working at a job where he was the subject of ridicule and laughter for trying to raise funds to support the publication of his books. He commented that "I found it weird when some of the teachers laughed at me. Even though I felt the impact, it didn't break me down. It encouraged me to write this book instead."
Little Boygium, Wonderful Experience is an interesting book of inspiration and encouragement for anyone whom may suddenly find themselves in an entirely different environment and career. It is a book that represents a way to get away from frustration, depression, anxiety, and hopelessness. There is nothing more satisfying in life than when you find a solution for your desperate situation. Get the teachings from this book.
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Little Boygium-Wonderful ExperienceIn a country like Belgium, difficult for immigrants, especially Africans to air their views and opinions,achieving anything successfully in Antwerp is totally impossible. I find it very interesting to read this book 'Little Boygium-Wonderful Experience by Joel Savage.
At page 46 of the book the writer writes "Racism is a universal thing. It is a problem that can't be eliminated, but can be reduced. Everyone has dealt with including churches and community leaders. The media plays an important role in informing and protecting society but history reveals that some of the media in Belgium made many mistakes by promoting racism and hatred in the city of Antwerp."
Even though the media has rapidly improved, the scar, blemishes and hatred can still be traced in many parts of the city. I feel very happy to read such books from a Belgian of an African roots. As an established writer living in such a difficult city like Antwerp, I congratulete this writer for coming out with such a great book. I will recommend this book to anyone who believes in justice, peace and respect. [by Stan Jones]
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