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A rich and satisfying read,
This review is from: Breath of Africa (Kindle Edition)
Breath of Africa tells the story of several decades in the life of Caroline, a white Kenyan, and Charles, her black Kenyan friend, together with their families and friends as their lives diverge and intersect several times. These decades also span Kenya’s transition from British rule to independence, and those huge and often chaotic changes are thoughtfully mirrored in the lives of the novel’s characters. The stark differences between the lives of the white and black communities and the racism of some white settlers during the colonial period; and the brutalities perpetrated by both sides in the Mau Mau rebellion are revealed frankly but without heavy-handed moralising. The characters’ lives develop and intersect in interesting ways, sensitively handled, and an undercurrent of menace runs through the novel in the person of Mwangi, who has put a Mau Mau curse upon the family of Caroline’s friend (and Charles’ sometime lover) Teresa. In part, the novel is also a hymn to Africa itself, whose scenery is lovingly described. All in all, a rich and satisfying novel on several levels.