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Kill Me Quick

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Paperback, 156 pages
Published January 1st 1973 by Heinemann Educational Books
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Cynthia K
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Meja Mwangi is a brilliant writer. The last chapters of the book felt rushed, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Days run out for me,
Life goes from bad to worse,
Very soon, very much soon,
Time will lead me to the end,
Very well. So be it.
But one thing I beg of you.
If the sun must set for me,
If all must come to an end,
If you must be rid of me,
The way you have done with all my friends,
If you must kill me,
Do so fast.

That was how Meja started it off and for more review visit
Kobe Bryant
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
yeah being poor sucks
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: african, own
N. Jr.
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cross-culture
A gritty, raw look at life in the streets of Nairobi.And this was early 70's!
A bright student in a village in Kenya, going to the big city for work after graduating top of the class, but not finding a job. Pride keeps him from returning to the village and his life erodes away in the brutal world of urban destitution.

Actually, Kill Me Quick is one of the nicknames for chang'aa, potent Kenyan moonshine.

Mwangi is an excellent writer. However, I warn potential reader's that Kill Me Quick is not a fe
Feb 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reading_africa
I did finish reading this, but I didn't read until the end - unfortunately Goodreads doesn't have a "stopped reading" category, and I don't plan on putting it back in the "want to read" as I don't. I tried, and I was bored. Maybe it's the 70s social realism, maybe it's just me: I'm sure it's an authentic tale of growing up poor in a poor country and living on the street, but I have no feeling with any of the characters, it just feels like a "oh look how poor the poor poor people are, and how sad ...more
Corvinus Maximilus
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: africa
I can't seem to fall into Mwangi's world. ...more
Apr 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Silver lining to getting stuck in Kenya is finally having the chance to read some Mwangi.
Tom Jolly
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
My main reason for reading this was to learn something about Kenyan culture, although this was mostly about the dark, criminal side, the impoverished side, of the culture. I enjoyed it, mostly, though there were a lot of missing words and other little apparent errors, though I wasn't certain if this was just because of speech patterns in Kenya or not. The plot wasn't so much a plot as it was just following two men through their rough lives in Kenya, trying to make a living from their limited edu ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have read this several times over the years; it is a novel that lasts a long time after you finish. This is not a happy story, even though there is lots of humorous anecdotes. The story follows two young men from villages that finish school and go to the city for jobs. Unfortunately, jobs are scarce and they manage to eke out an existence by whatever means necessary. They gradually move on from dumpster diving to petty theft and other schemes.

This has a fairly typical post-colonial literature
Sally Lavinia
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it
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John Kiarie
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mejja mwangi nailed it our ambitious our hopes our fear our desparations ina humorous way i see most of our lives reflecting here
Peter Mulwa
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A nice piece of literature
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story shows how two young good hearted men, Maina and Meja, struggle in the reality of life. The men who avoided all the bad things in life, without any other choices, got into gangs, and into the never ending circle of their destiny.
The part which depicts Meja's sole suffering of going home and encountering his young sister, as well as the dramatic scene of tackling an enormous stone with his limp leg and twisted hand was extremely touching.
One thing that made me feel like missing was a lit
gud book...reflects the current situation of the youths in developing countries... i like it.
Amuj Juma
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
it was a very good book and i loved the way it explained about mans revolt against poverty
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of best books by Kenyan writers
Muhammed Ali
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Its really amazing novel and I liked it so much
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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 ...more

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