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The Cockroach Dance
by Meja Mwangi
The story of one man's resistance to a system and society run by faceless ones. Dusman Gonzaga lives in a squalid tenement building overrun with cockroaches and inhabited by strange characters. His is a world of poverty, fights, bar women and visits to a doctor who doesn't understand him.
Published March 1st 1990 by Addison Wesley Longman
(first published 1979)
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This is a book is about the tragedy-commedy that unfolds in the slums of Nairobi. Although sometimes it falls into "common places", is a very enjoyable reading that shows with a little bit of bitterness the reality of life of the majority of black Kenyans after independece. The characters are so well depictered and so close to reality (for my memories from Kenya), I feel as if I met Toto and Dusman in person.
Another of my all-time faves. This one gets better every time I read it. As with most of my faves, I know there are studious and serious interpretations, but I'm not that deep. I can appreciate the sheer humor, descriptive prose and ridiculous scenarios. Poverty can be hilarious!
Meja Mwangi began his writing career in the 1970s, a decade after his more well-known compatriots such as Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Grace Ogot had been publishing their works. When he burst onto the scene with the award-winning Kill Me Quick in 1973, Mwangi was hailed in various quarters as a rising star in the East African literary constellation who was helping to disprove Taban lo Liyong's oft-cited ...moreMore about Meja Mwangi...