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An utterly captivating read, moving, funny and revealing.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Abyssinian Chronicles (Paperback)
Abyssinian Chronicles by Moses Isegawa is an utterly captivating novel about life in Uganda before, during and after the atrocities and confusion of Idi Amin's reign. Mugezi, the central character, narrates his life, ruled by his own personal 'despots' (his parents) who like the rest of the other colourful and believable characters in the book, find themselves vividly illustrated by the imaginative nicknames with which they are described.
At times I laughed out loud only to find myself moved and disturbed by the immense feelings the author pours out on the following page. This is one of the few books I tried to read in one sitting. The poignancy of Mugezi's struggle and that of those around him to find meaning to their lives, illuminates Isegawa's ability to bring to life such a powerful story, this book will make him a name to look out for in the future.
Why is it called 'Abyssinian Chronicles' - read for yourself and understand the links between ambitions, dreams, desires and the brutal realities that have shaped part of Africa's recent history.