Monday, October 11, 2010

Too Many Guineas

Guinea. Guinea-Bissau. Equatorial Guinea. Papua New Guinea. Guinea pigs. Guinea fowl.

Amazon has a hard time telling these things apart. I've been looking for some books to read about my future residence and I'm finding it a rough slog. There are some out there, I know it, but in order to find them I have to filter through the rodent care handbooks and the many, many, many books on all those other Guinea countries, PNG in particular. It seems the original Guinea is not the most popular.

Of the Guinea books I have managed to track down, a large number of them are a little, shall we say, outdated. A Reliable Account of the Coast of Guinea, published 1760. Memoirs of Giambattista Scala: Consul of his Italian Majesty in Lagos in Guinea, published 1862. Sorry Signiore Scala, but Lagos is in Nigeria now. Travel guides on Guinea do not exist; the best I've found so far is the Lonely Planet guide to West Africa, where Guinea merits 37 pages in a 900-page book. At least I know it won't be overrun with tourists.


  1. Congrats on your post! There are a bunch of people in French with me heading to Guinea relatively soon. Yes, your Guinea, not one of the others. =) They'll probably seek you out on their own, but if you haven't started to hear from anyone and want to be put in contact, let me know!

  2. Seems like everybody who's anybody is heading to Conakry next summer! I don't start language training until January, so I'd love an introduction.