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The Broken Word: An Epic Poem of the British Empire in Kenya, and the Mau Mau Uprising Against It

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  127 ratings  ·  34 reviews
The stunning debut from "one of the best British writers to emerge in the past decade." (Julian Barnes)
With a voice that is at once fierce and lyrical, Adam Foulds tells the story of the Mau Mau uprising against British colonial rule in 1950s Kenya. Tom, a young man who has returned to his family's farm, rapidly becomes caught up in the intensifying events of violence an
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ebook, 80 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Penguin Books (first published May 27th 2008)
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Douglas
Adam Foulds is a writer I've been intrigued by for some time. Recently named Granta's Best Young British Novelists, writer Julian Barnes has said he’s “one of the best British writers to emerge in the last decade.” After reading this Homeric prose poem, I can see why.

In this sequence of 10 poems written in narrative verse, Tom, a young British man is sent to his family’s farm in Kenya during the summer before he enters the university. After arriving, he is thrust into the Mau Mau Uprising, a re
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محمد سيد رشوان
ياخسارة الـ5 جنيه ..

أشتريتها ممنيّا نفسي بعمل عالمي من ترجمة العزيز طلال فيصل ، لكن فوجئت بمسخ

الكاتب الأصلي حاول يمزج مابين سردية الرواية واتساعها وحكي الأحداث من خلالها .. ومابين عمق قصيدة النثر و رقيها

فأخرج مسخ ..

المترجم حاول الالتزام بأمانة النقل حتى لا يخرج النص عن خصوصيته ولم يُرد التجويد

فلم يكن حالها بعد الترجمة بأفضل من حالها قبلها .. فلم تزد الترجمة طين النص المسخ إلا بلّة ..

الله يحرق هيئة الكتاب ..
حار ونار فى جتتكم الخمسة جنيه ..

كنت اشتريت بيها أي كتاب تاني محترم .. المفروض يفتحوا ب
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Courtney Johnston
I was blown away by this slim little book. I haven't read any verse fiction since having a Dorothy Porter crush in my first year at uni, and now I want more.

Tom is an English teenager, returning to the family farm in Kenya for summer between finishing school and going up to university. He returns to the beginning of the Mau Mau uprising, as Kikuyu who were dispossessed of their land by British settlers stage guerilla attacks on British families and loyalist Kikuyu. In retaliation and out of fear
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Salsabil Emam
أفريقيا مرة آخرى :)
هذه المرة في كينيا .. آبان ثورة قبائل الماوماو على المحتل الإنجليزي ..
الرواية أو القصيدة من وجهة نظر كاتبها الإنجليزي الذي جعل بطل روايته "توم" الإنجليزي الذي يزور أهله في كينيا قبل بدء الجامعة في إنجلترا .. فينضم في كينيا للخدمة العسكرية ضد أصحاب الأرض ..
يتحدث الكاتب -من وجهة نظره- عن التعامل الوحشي للماوماو مع العدو المغتصب و المحتل !!!!! فهو يبين الممارسات الغير آدمية التي فعلها الإنجليز في الكينيين .. من تعذيب لرجالهم و إغتصاب لنسائهم !

لم أستطع التعاطف بالقطع مع المحتل
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Cheryl Gatling
This book is about the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya in the 1950s. That was something I knew nothing about, so I naturally looked it up afterward, and was impressed to see how succinctly the author had slipped just the most necessary information into conversations between characters, and descriptions of scenes. The Broken Word was easy to follow even when the historical context was unfamiliar. Tom, a British boy between high school and college, returns home to his family's farm in Kenya, and finds h ...more
Rui Carlos da Cunha
I found The Broken Word a beautifully written narrative in verse that was compelling to believe the experiences of the protagonist during such turbulent times. However, since the tale is told from the colonial English point-of-view and torturing of Africans and other senseless violence is involved, I felt the story was one-sided, intentionally so, and therefore lacking in a multifaceted perspective of many individuals who may have been involved in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising. That and at t ...more
Gilgamesh  Nabeel

بدأت قراءة هذه الرواية القصيدة القصيرة في أيّام إمتحاناتي ولكنّني لم أنتهي منها وأجّلت ذلك لوقت آخر، وقبل أيّام قرّرت معاودة قراءتها وشوّقني لذلك كتابة مؤلّفها بأنّه كان يود ترجمتها للعربيّة لأنّ هذه اللغة تضع الشعر في مقدمة ألوان الإبداع الأدبي، وثانيا لكونها تتكلّم عن ثورة الماوماو الكينيّة ضد بريطانيا وهي أحد كتابين فقط حول هذا الموضوع، وهو الأمر المختلف عن الثورة الجزائريّة التي يزخر الأدب والسينما الفرنسيّين بموضوعات تتناولها بإسهاب، ولكن وجدت في الرواية في المرّتين خللا ما، يلفّها الغموض و
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eman
طيب ..هو أنا اشتريته أصلا علشان لقيته ترجمة طلال فيصل ،ودة بردو من ضمن الهبل اللي أنا مش بطلع منه ،،يعني ليه أقرا كتاب لمجرد اني بحب المترجم ؟نعم يعني؟

وبردو خسارة الخمسة جنيه
Jon
A narrative poem describing in a series of narrowly focused scenes the Mau Mau uprising in the 1950's and its effect on a young man who has returned to Kenya from school in England. Amazing economy of presentation, unforgettable descriptions, implications that go far beyond what is specifically covered in the poem. Only about 60 pages and can easily be read through (the first time) in an hour. It never went where I expected, and yet it always seemed right. The poem ends (optimistically?) on a no ...more
Gilgamesh Nabeel

بدأت قراءة هذه الرواية القصيدة القصيرة في أيّام إمتحاناتي ولكنّني لم أنتهي منها وأجّلت ذلك لوقت آخر، وقبل أيّام قرّرت معاودة قراءتها وشوّقني لذلك كتابة مؤلّفها بأنّه كان يود ترجمتها للعربيّة لأنّ هذه اللغة تضع الشعر في مقدمة ألوان الإبداع الأدبي، وثانيا لكونها تتكلّم عن ثورة الماوماو الكينيّة ضد بريطانيا وهي أحد كتابين فقط حول هذا الموضوع، وهو الأمر المختلف عن الثورة الجزائريّة التي يزخر الأدب والسينما الفرنسيّين بموضوعات تتناولها بإسهاب، ولكن وجدت في الرواية في المرّتين خللا ما، يلفّها الغموض و
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Colin
Absolutely blisteringly good! It's a story told in the form of a poem and the horror of the situation (the mau mau uprising in Kenya and the british colonials' draconian attempts to keep a lid on the situation) is conveyed with a subtle but irresistible power.
The early images of britons being hacked to pieces by africans brought back memories of the Woolwich murders a few days ago, and a more thoughtful reviewer might want to compare and contrast the two situations but I'm not that reviewer.
Marwa الإتربي
ليه يا اخي كده ليه بس ؟
Mike
Jan 12, 2013 Mike rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like poetry
Shelves: poetry
3.5 stars; 5 stars in places. A good effort and often exceptionally powerful and beautiful, but lacks coherence and any real purpose, not even the purpose of being a beautiful thing. I did learn from this book, though, that a margarine dildo is useless; good to know.
Laura
Sep 22, 2013 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, carey, Wanda
From BBC Radio 4 - Friday Drama:
Adam Fould adapts his poem about a white family caught up in the Mau Mau time in Kenya.




Gregory Norminton
The work of a major talent, and one of the best narrative poems I have read; easily the rival of Vikram Seth's The Golden Gate and Les Murray's Fredy Neptune, though much shorter and more spare than either.
Rebecca Stonehill
When I downloaded this book, I wasn't even aware that it was written in verse. It was a great surprise and it's gentle lyricism worked beautifully against the grim brutality of the Mau Mau Emergency in Kenya. I read it twice and that was really worth it as picked things up in the second reading that I missed first time. My only criticism of it (and this is why I gave it 4 not 5 stars!) was the ending - what a let-down! It felt so prosaic in relation to what had come before and I was really hopin ...more
ياسمين ثابت


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انا قريت كلللل حاجة
اني افهم كلمة!!!!



Mariam Omar
Jan 06, 2012 Mariam Omar is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
قرأت بها صفحتين ، وشعرت بالملل الرهيب ، ربما أعيد محاولة قراءتها فى (مود ) اخر
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Brax
The Broken Word presents itself as “An Epic Poem of the British Empire in Kenya and the Mau Mau Uprising Against It,” but that is a little misleading. This medium-length narrative poem is no Beowulf (not even with Seamus Heaney’s Irish accent) and the protagonist is hardly heroic, but in spite of this, Adam Foulds has created a striking poem about Imperialism, duty, violence and retribution.

The Broken Word, set in Kenya (then known as British East Africa) in the 1950’s, tells the story of Tom,
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Darryl
This is a powerful and damning epic poem about the brutality inflicted by British colonialists on ordinary Kenyans and freedom fighters during the Mau Mau Uprising, also known as the Kenyan Emergency, which took place there from 1952-1960 and cost the lives of tens of thousands of Kenyans and 200 colonialists. The main character, Tom, is a British lad on the cusp of adulthood, whose father volunteers his services after members of the Mau Mau resistance group are reported to have savagely murdere ...more
جابر طاحون
يعني أما حد يسألني بتقرأ إيه ؟
هرد أقول له دي رواية ؟! مجموعة شعرية ؟! مسرحية ؟! اسكتش اذاعي ؟! منولوج ؟!

بلاش

لو حد قال لي بتتكلم عن إيه هقول له أنا لمحت كلمة انجليز و الماوماو و أنا بقرأ ؟!

بلاش

طب لو سألني استفتدت إيه ؟! أقول إيه ؟!!!
Victoria
It’s graphic, but in a good way. It doesn’t shy away from reality, but it doesn’t throw grotesque images at my mind to try and make me understand, either…there’s a good balance.
This poem is very vivid and beautiful.
This was a bittersweet story. It told the story of the turmoil in Africa in the 18th century from the viewpoint of a young man. Tom didn’t know or understand how much being a soldier would affect him; for that matter, neither did anyone else. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone under t
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أحمد صــــلاح
مش لاقي فيها حاجة مميزة
Anthony Wilson
A compelling narrative poem. In 60 pages you get an inside taste of the Mau Mau uprising from a young colonist perspective--kind of a Cormac McCarthy poem about violence between school terms. It seems highly relevant to thinking about American racial issues and to individual soldiers coming home from the field.
Tony
A compelling narrative poem. In 60 pages you get an inside taste of the Mau Mau uprising from a young colonist perspective--kind of a Cormac McCarthy poem about violence between school terms. It seems highly relevant to thinking about American racial issues and to individual soldiers coming home from the field.
Tim Meneely
Not what I would consider striking use of poetry, but an adept reminder of how accepting behavioral standards without scrutiny can routinely (pun) lead to acts of unexamined monstrosity.
Stantontas
I guess it takes political violence to get me to read poetry. Can't say I enjoyed this, but it's strong stuff.
Robert
The compact form of poetry required closer reading than prose, and the impact was devastating.
Geoff
Absolutely amazing. Lyrical and informative; percussive and insightful; beautiful and brutal.
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Adam Foulds (born 1974) is a British novelist and poet.

He was educated at Bancroft's School, read English at St Catherine's College, Oxford under Craig Raine, and graduated with an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia in 2001. Foulds published The Truth About These Strange Times, a novel, in 2007. This won a Betty Trask Award. The novel, which is set in the present day, is con
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