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Mission to Kala by Mongo Beti
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Feb 23, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: africa
Read in March, 2009

The narrator of this story is a young man who returns to his home in town for school vacation, only to be sent on a "mission" to an upcountry village to retrieve a cousin's wife. While in the village, he finds himself a celebrity due to his "high education." With the help of his cousin, the village sports hero, he quickly immerses himself in the social life of the village, enjoying the freedom of his cousin and friends along with his status as an honored guest. When he returns home, he finds life under his oppressive father unbearable. While the book is written in a comic tone with plenty of funny moments and mock heroic allusions, it also is a serious commentary on colonialism and Westernization and the confusion of values and identities that go with them.
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Martin Righteousness is the best, but why can't we be loyal to it?????

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