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In 1995, this novel won both the Jomo Kenyatta Literature Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize Best First Book in the Africa Region. Now reprinted, it remains in great demand. An epic story spanning cultures, it tells the lives of three generations of women. It traces the story of Akoko in her rich traditional Luo setting, through to the children who live and die in ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published December 29th 2004 by Focus Books
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Mercy "in the smoke filled house of Aketch..." the first page begins with the birth of Akoko, a female child in Luo culture. A girl who dares to be…more"in the smoke filled house of Aketch..." the first page begins with the birth of Akoko, a female child in Luo culture. A girl who dares to be different and upon which the entire lineage in the book is based(less)
I read this book countless times between the ages of 16 and 20 and to date it remains my all time favourite book by an African author. As a huge supporter of all forms of feminist movements, I loved the fact that most of the story lines covered over the 4 generations are led by very strong female characters; all the way from the headstrong Akoko in the 1800's to Awiti and her children (Vera specifically!!)in the late 1900's. Faith, hard work, discipline, love, family and knowledge of self stand ...more
I read this book in high School (as a compulsory literary text), really loved it, so much that I re-read it again and again. It also marked the beginning of my fascination with the Luo Culture. Last year, I was finally able to visit Kit-Mikayi, and I could still recall Mark Anthony Oloo Sigu's description of his homeland Seme, and was awed by the magnificence of the huge rocks. Beautiful narrative, lovely blend of the traditional and modern, not forgetting the strong women who keep the family's ...more
Its a very intresting story particularly about the luo culture but what i like about the story most escpecially from Akoko is that women are people of power and we can decide for ourselves what kind of life we want ahead of us and touch the life of others and be their inspiration in an indirect manner
The first part of the story captivated my attention, as the intrigue unfolds in a traditional Luo setting. However, parts 2 and 3 did not live up to the expectations set by the beginning of the novel. Something was clearly lost in the flash-forward.
I last read this book more than 11 years ago. It was the perfect school lit for kenyan secondary school. I just know that for the young girls in Kenya, this book represented our hope and our future as strong black women. I would read it again if I got it in my hands