Speak Swahili, Dammit !
This is a must read book. A story that will appeal to young and old a like,and of different cultures. One that you keep wanting to turn the pages of, but yet not wanting it to end.
It is set in Tanganika in the 1950's(what becomes Tansania) in a place called Geita a gold mining community. It is the story of a little white boy Jim (Jimu), growing up with the warmth and love of his family. When tragedy strikes his world falls apart, his father dies leaving a very young angry hurt little boy, who tries to "shoot God" for taking his father away. Yes a book that will make you laugh and cry, a true roller coaster of emotions are experienced, as the writer magically puts his pen to paper.
The story follows Jimu with his friends, which will make you laugh at their adventures. In this harsh land which he clearly loves, and is in his sole.
This is a mans world, but one where his Mother scratches out a living for her young children. Watching her son run wild with local children, and learning Swahili, as his first language. Her heart wrenching decicion to sent him far away to boarding school in Arush , where he has some dreadful experience alone and far away.
The author describes the era well, and what was happening in East Africa and the World at the time,1950's and 60's.
What wonderfull colourful characters are brought to life. Characters who have lasting effects on this young lad. A story of the wildness of Africa,with her wonderful people. The danger of Africa's wild beasts some deadly, which he, Jimu encounters. Its a story of friendships,tragedy, again as he looses his best friend,and a love story, a young boys first love. His dices with death from illnesses from this harsh place. A book that takes you into the reality of life, and the attempted taming of a free spirited young boy.
I truly enjoyed this book.Living in Cornwall I enjoyed the Cornish link. As the saying goes "where there is a hole in the ground there is a Cornishman".
I believe that the Author should try and make this into a fim. What a refreshingly different story, one from the heart obviously.