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On Encountering Sorrow by Gathu Wahome Book Review

On Encountering Sorrow by Gathu Wahome Book Review

We play draft and chess

By the pool deep green is the grass

We notice not time fly

At the horizon the dusk sun is shy

We play draft and chess

And although idle we enjoy ourselves nonetheless…..

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Belonging in Africa Book Review by Jo Alkemade

Belonging in Africa Book Review by Jo Alkemade

Whereas the author chose the title for the book as Belonging in Africa (an almost divergent title of the Danish author Karen Blixen, Out of Africa, who she seems to adore, who depicts Africa in a bad taste) the above statement contradicts everything about the book and subsequently its main theme, teenage love and loss. It is in my observation, though the book has painted Kenya and Uganda in a good way in the 70s, it still has some negative aspects that many foreign authors take when they describe Africa. All the same it is a good read.

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Ayn Rand Anthem Book Review

Ayn Rand Anthem Book Review

‘At first, man was enslaved by the gods. But he broke their chains. Then he was enslaved by the kings. But he broke their chains. He was enslaved by his birth, by his kin, by his race. But he broke their chains. He declared to all his brothers that a man has rights which neither god nor king nor other men can take away from him, no matter what their number, for his is the right of man, and there is no right on earth above this right. And he stood on the threshold of freedom for which the blood of the centuries behind him had been spilled.

But then he gave up all he had won, and fell lower than his savage beginning.

What brought it to pass? What disaster took their reason away from men? What whip lashed them to their knees in shame and submission? The worship of the word “We.”‘

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Chinua Achebe Home and Exile Book Review 

Chinua Achebe Home and Exile Book Review 

Joyce Cary seems to have a narrow biased view of Africa. What she talks of in her book has no relation to Africa. What she describes could only be in a continent in Mars. She lacks proper knowledge to describe what she thinks she knows. She perceives everything from the angle of the English master and the colonial bondsman. This, just like Conrad, has been the lie that has been spread over the years about Africa. Yet these writers have no idea of what they speak of, and this has had a huge taint on both Africa and her rich dynamic literature. Most historical books that are written by foreign authors, who are misinformed, have no idea about what they speak of, have no truth in them, and illustrate Africa in a bad light. Ironic enough these books have turned out to be best sellers in the West, and have made a vast population of people to believe in this obscene lie even up to today.

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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand Book Review

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand Book Review

The basic need of the creator is independence. The reasoning mind cannot work under any form of compulsion. It cannot be curbed, sacrificed or subordinated to any consideration whatsoever. It demands total independence in function and in motive. To a creator, all relations with men are secondary.

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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Globalectics (Theory And The Politics of Knowing) Book Review

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Globalectics (Theory And The Politics of Knowing) Book Review

When the white settlers came to Africa, they perceived themselves as the masters and the natives as the bondmen/slaves. They thought of their education as being superior and that of the native’s inferior and barbaric, they never for a second considered the native’s rich history, way of life and oral literature. They simply shrugged it aside and imparted their education and way of life on the natives forcefully, and any native who refused was punished severely and at times sentenced to death. This eventually gave way to slavery, imprisonment and bereavement.

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Why There Is Stunted Growth in African Literature

Why There Is Stunted Growth in African Literature

Any good critic should criticize a piece of art after carefully reading, analyzing, and understanding the work. He should look at the themes, characters, language, setting, and plot of the work, and acknowledge the genius of the writer, as well as his flaws. Going by what I observed in the launch, this is not the case in Kenya. We have people who call themselves critics, yet they do not know anything about the work they are so quick to criticize. They make prosaic comments that are not based on facts, and are not related to the book in question.

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