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3.0 out of 5 stars Great for reminiscing but seems a bit amateurish, 26 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Just Another Mzungu Passing Through (Paperback)
I got this for Christmas and have added it to the collection of 'books on Africa' that people tend to give me. The book is probably best for people who know Kenya fairly well, as there are constant references to parts of Nairobi, road names and various other local landmarks which would mean nothing to the uninitiated. It's good at making you remember what Kenya is like, although the image it gives is perhaps a bit of a dated view of the place, given the changes which have occurred since the author was there. There's no mistaking the fact that it's a first novel and at times feels more like a "what I did on my gap year" essay than a gripping story! The book seems to some extent to be autobiographical and I wonder whether the author meant it to be like this or not, but it seems to not quite know what it is - a story, or a fairly realistic account of what someone might have seen in a year there. I found this a bit annoying, particularly as there is little plot, although a fairly nice little twist right at the end. I think it's a shame as there are hardly any novels out there about contemporary Africa, but maybe that wasn't really what the author was trying to achieve anyway.
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Initial post: 11 Dec 2012 12:17:36 GMT
Hi
If you looking for books set in South Africa with twists & turns & action, look for Deon Meyer. He writes brilliant stories and really captures the present.
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