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The first collection of short stories from Kenya's foremost woman novelist. Twelve stories bring alive the author's feeling for the macabre and fantastic - reminiscent of the tragedy in The Promised Land. ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by East African Educ. Publ. (first published 1968)
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Madolyn Chukwu
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it

Many of the stories here are disturbing, what many in the past might think of our "primitive" past in Africa. But this is the honest truth in rural area as perceived by one of Africa's finest female writers. None more disturbing than the story of a brave hunter who ends up killing the young ones, and eating "choice" parts of their body. Disgusting and disturbing. One would have praised the hunter for his great bravery, but his barbaric degeneracy is more than sickening. Imagine the horror of his
Buruji Mark
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it

Grace Ogot - from east Africa - was one of the pioneering female writers in the continent. Her writings show her brilliance and talent. She knew unpalatable things about the past of her society, rural settings of which she created or re-created powerful stories and vignettes. I wonder: are some of the stories in this collection based on reality, on events she knew/heard about vicariously? I think so, even though some of the events here are macabre indeed. Yet we can still read about idealism and
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of short stories written by one of the all-time female greats of African literature, Grace Ogot, who passed away this year (2015). The stories here are well written, but there is plenty of horror, cruelty, and even barbarism (for example the cannibal who kills his own children!). Stories here:

The old white witch
The bamboo hut
The hero
The green leaves
The empty basket
The white veil
Land without thunder
The rain came
Night sister
Ms. Ellen
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite books♥️
Phoebe Oyugi
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book reminded me of home, the description of the luo culture and way of life, the good and the bad, was prevalent through the book. Some of the stories stay with you for ever like the story of Oganda the daughter of the chief and the story of the old man who ate the unforgettable liver. Some stories were light and funny, while others were poignant and philosophical. All in all, I really enjoyed reading the book
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
the book basically about Tekayo who had pleasure for children liver was made watery after an encounter with unknown meat as he took his cows for grazing.
He knew it was a taboo but still went ahead.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in my pre-teen years. One of my favourite collections of short stories.
Tabu Chika
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Probably the first book i ever seriously read and thoroughly enjoyed. Hope I can find a copy of my own for my library
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Grace Ogot (May 15, 1930 – March 18, 2015) was a Kenyan author, nurse, journalist, politician and diplomat. Together with Charity Waciuma she is the first Anglophone female Kenyan writer to be published.

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