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Fables Out Of Nyanja [Paperback]

Brian Bwesigye

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7 Feb 2012
In these simple, short but beautifully crafted narratives, Bwesigye depicts a vibrant world from a child's awed and wonder-filled point of view. A snake in the house brings fear, sunflowers and birds tell fortunes that thrill or disappoint, a parrot causes consternation and a dog gets his share of an exciting feast. The author's love for his homeland and his mother tongue Rukiga shines out in his fictional characters as they encounter the animals, folklore and traditions of every day life in Nyanja, a tiny village in Western Uganda, creating a collection of newly-spun Fables that will delight young and old. Illustrated in black and white.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fables out of Nyanja, Our Heritage, Our History. 6 Jun 2012
By Yusuf Lubega - Published on Amazon.com
Reading the book, my heart was heavy. I silently wondered whether my City-born and bred 12 year old brother would understand and relate to the Fables. The longest he has been in the village is like 5 days during the Christmas holidays which means he has no clue what happens at the `mugyera', or even what `kasiku' is.

As a dotcom fellow now, i am forever grateful for the long holidays I spent with my grandparents and all the mischief we got up to as little kids in the countryside! My only concern is that when i finally decide to have kids, will they have the same privileges I had growing up? My Mum also a dotcom mum so she won't be sitting around to tell stories of `burekura and bukurura' I can only be grateful to Brian for writing Fables out of Nyanja.

The book is a reflection of sweet childhood innocence. To the Africans especially Ugandans whose lives didn't rotate around hide and seek games in the urban and peri-urban neighborhoods, this should be the best nostalgic book they will ever read!

To folks who may not know what `Runonko Time' is, I can simply equate the book as an African or better still Ugandan version of "To Kill a Mocking Bird" taken from a childhood's point of view. Better still, if you have read John Grisham's `A Painted House' you would relate perfectly. As a young boy growing up in the cotton fields of rural Arkansas, Luke Chandler knew that harvest time is every one's favorite time. You know when it is a "good crop" or not and in "It is Runonko Time" it was a "great crop"

Uganda has different cultures and so things tend to be different. Being a Muhima, the only problem I found reading the book were the Rukiga words which thanks to whoever did the translations in the book, I was able to understand. There isn't a story I didn't understand from the heart because whereas Kankazi goes to the mugyera to fetch water in "I am not a parrot", I went to the mugyera to kweshera (taking cows to the river to quench their thirst). I may not be so aware of what folks from other tribes did during their childhood but I am sure they atleast enjoyed the harvest season and so can relate a lot with `It is Runonko Time'.

Bottom line, I loved the book. When i have kids someday, i will definately read to them Fables out of Nyanja as a bedtime story. I'm sure, they will enjoy the stories. This is my heritage, my history and my pride. Thanks Brian Bwesigye for the memories.
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