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A Wreath for Udomo

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 13th 1977 by Faber and Faber (first published 1956)
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Ryl
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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This book made me very, very angry at the end. It took a great deal of restraint not to bounce it across the room. Not because it was bad (the usual reason for tossing literature), but because Udomo did something that I can't reveal because it's a major plot point. If he had been a real person, I would have slapped him back to Precambrian time.

On the whole this is a terrific book. Udomo starts off as an idealistic young African student fighting against colonialism. He gets the opportunity to go
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Judy
May 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like African fiction.
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This is the South African Peter Abrahams. There is also an American Peter Abrahams who writes mystery thrillers and young adult mystery novels. Back when I used to read by the alphabet system, trying to read my way through the entire fiction section at the library, I came across both authors and was quite confused for a while because they are not at all similar. The South African Peter Abrahams wrote about racism, colonialism, and independence in African nations. He was responsible, in my readin
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Ese Ataide
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Peter Abraham is an exceptional writer. The plot in 'A Wreath for Udomo' is carefully woven around a group of friends: Udomo, Medhi, Mabi. Adebhoy and Tom Lanwood; who united in their dream to liberate Pan-Africa from the rule of whites are willing to go any length to pay the price that comes with such independence.

The narrative is a gripping one that evokes all sorts of emotions in the reader as they follow their heroes on their journey to achieving their dreams and it shows that even heroes c
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CharlieC
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un de ces livres qui laissent une sensation de vide. Le dernier chapitre m'a brisé le cœur et j'en ai encore les larmes aux yeux. J'éprouve un tel sentiment d'impuissance. La décolonisation vue à travers le traitement tragique, la désillusion du rêve panafricain, ... C'est un des livres les plus forts qu'il m'a été donné de lire. ...more
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Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this over 40 years ago. It is still vivid.
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This book captures well what ails the politics and politicians-united at campaigns only to fallout when they get to power.I loved Selina the bare footed villager and the network of people that she had!
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Peter Abrahams was a South African-born Jamaican novelist, journalist and political commentator.

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