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The Usurper: and Other Stories

The Usurper: and Other Stories [Kindle Edition]

Janvier Chouteu-Chando , Janvier Tisi
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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When the strung Jeremiah Nana Njike visits his grandparents in rural Africa in what he planned to be a lazy vacation, and then spends time with his engaging grandfather, his seer friend and his uncle, he thinks he is only paying his respects to the old folks. Not until the sages help him understand the ancient culture of his people, does he start fathoming the sacredness of life as held by the wise and the contented.

Told in rich and distinctive voices, these stories reveal the way of life of one of Africa's outstanding people in a way that has never been known before, giving a vivid and engrossing account of their rich culture and traditions. They touch on fierce love, loyalty, kinship, betrayal, war and peace, tradition and the mysterious. And above all, they reveal the redeeming power of humanity. The listeners get involved in the story-telling with questions and remarks of their own. Told in such a way that each preceding story acts as a forerunner to the next in a smooth flow that is meant to eliminate any sense of disconnect, The Usurper: and Other Stories unveils a unique perspective of traditional Cameroonian life in the context of the modern world.

The Usurper: and Other Stories is written in an engaging manner for a broad readership, irrespective of region, race, culture, religion or creed.

From the Publisher

The Usurper and Other Stories is a collection of shorts stories that is geared for an international audience, bringing out a unique perspective of traditional Cameroonian life as it finds a place in the modern world. Jeremiah Nana Njike returns to Cameroon from his European studies and heads to his home kingdom of Bankole, in the Bamilekeland, Western province of Cameroon. He is warmly welcomed home by his possessive grandmother, enchanting female cousin, and adorable grandfather. But it is his grandfather the seer who sweeps him into the world of his times as he makes his stay in Bankole a memorable one. Nana Njike is given a treat by his grandfather's seer friend and finds himself enchanted by his grandmother's cousin.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2102 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tisi Books; 2 edition (17 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00413QFPG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #905,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating 17 Oct 2004
This is my first novel with a completely African story line. It was recommended to me. When I picked it up, I never put it back down until the end. It is amazing that all the stories are interconnected. Now, I am reading it for the third time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book 17 Jan 2005
Nice stories to read. Janvier Tisi is a skillful storyteller, more like a campsite storyteller. His collection of stories is entertaining, revealing and thought provoking. The narration is smooth, consuming and provokes laughter, while the dialogue adds to make the stories deep and strong. It is easy for the reader to get weaved right into the story and making the reading experience personal. The fact that the stories are intertwined makes it all the more interesting. What I enjoyed the most were: The Oaf and His Majesty's Trial.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply amazing 26 Jan 2005
This is a fun novel to read - a real page-turner, and a good beach read. Though it is thought provoking, I will not advise you to take it seriously. The story in the book I enjoyed the most was that of the oaf. Ngoko's folly came second. All the stories are hilarious. What I find amazing was the smooth transition from one story to another, and in so doing, the book became a single story in a collection of stories. The narrators are funny, even in their acceptance of fate. The characters talked about posed as controllers of their destinies in a changing world where they had no ultimate control, and in the end, they are nothing more than victims of their desires. The contradictions of French control in the lives of the people in the story who are accustomed to their African customs and values give the stories a further twist.
Also recommended: Nine stories, Disciples of fortune
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating stories 23 Jun 2006
I fell on this time unintentional and I am glad I read it. Readers who have not discovered this unique stories are kindly advised to begin. This beautifully written stories with exquisite characters are not only humorous, but also full of wisdom in them. I particularly loved the style of writing and the amazing feel that the work generates in the reader. That feeling made me not to put it down from the moment that I began until the very end.I also loved the mysteries that were so brilliantly interwoven into the plots.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing ending 3 July 2005
The Usurper and Other Stories has funnier and livelier characters than the first book. This book gave a better characterization of the different people than the first. The depth of family and friendship and the concern they had for one another other is vividly portrayed. I was also amazed by how much consideration the characters gave to the people who crossed their lives. This book is both inspiring and hilarious from the opening pages to the end.
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