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Of Life in Kenya - Love, Revolution, Magic and Mayhem
on 17 March 2016
Breath of Africa by J. L. Bwye [ASIN:1909841994 Breath of Africa]
I am originally from South Africa and was looking for something to read from the African Continent. I came across this book (the title as well as the cover drew my attention) and I immediately bought the paperback. The author weaves a wonderful tale about Kenya and its rise to independence and how her characters' lives are affected by the momentous changes which happen all around them. She touches on various aspects of life in Kenya as seen from white colonialists' point of view, as well as local tribes, customs, family relationships, work and how Mau-Mau activity, and witchcraft affect everybody during those times.
Many of the characters are memorable.There are Charles and Theresa - coming from two different worlds who meet and fall in love; Caroline and Brian and of course, Mwangi - belonging to the Mau-Mau - and his quest to destroy anyone who doesn't support his ways, using black magic if needs be.
Throughout the story, the author gives beautiful descriptions of the Kenyan Highlands and wildlife as experienced by each character - making for a most enjoyable, realistic read, climaxing in the desert near a family cave. Anyone who is interested in Africa and its diversity - its peoples, animals and birds, as well as it's tempestuous history - will enjoy Breath of Africa very much. Yet, I can also recommend this story to everyone who enjoys contemporary romance, mystery and suspense.