Smouldering Charcoal

by Tiyambe Zeleza | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 043590583x Global Overview for this book
Registered by Torgin of Mülheim an der Ruhr, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on 3/19/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by Torgin from Mülheim an der Ruhr, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Saturday, March 19, 2016
From the back: The exhilaration of newly independent nations and the agonies of failed dreams form the background to this powerful African novel.
Zeleza chronicles the story of two families from different social classes, drawn together by a strike which proves to have profound effect on their relationship, identities and politics.
This is a compelling story which lays bare the corruption and tyranny which bedevil many African countries, yet celebrates the forces of renewal that are germinating in the teeming urban slums and rural hinterlands.

Journal Entry 2 by Torgin at Mülheim an der Ruhr, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Saturday, March 19, 2016
Zeleza manages just fine in intertwining the stories of the two "families" and thus presenting a broad view on the society in Banda's Malawi. The tragic end with death and exile isn't especially surprising. But on the whole the critique of the regime was - in my opinion - a bit too optimistically worded. Although Zeleza includes a discussion on democracy and dictatorship this can't be read as a real critique of the movement. A bit more distance and realism instead of ideology would have been nice.

Journal Entry 3 by wingholle77wing at Meschede, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Arrived, thanks!

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