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Son of Woman

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An instant success and bestseller in Kenya, which ran into 6 reprints, this prize-winning novel marked the beginning of popular literature in Kenya. Mangua's novel is a fictional, autobiographical account of the son of a prostitute. The male narrator describes his life as the orphan of a prostitute in the slums of Nairobi, a young man frequenting bars and brothels, a stude ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by East African Educ. Publ.
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Vincent de Paul
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
One of the books you reading asking yourself, "Is this really happening? Did the publisher really publish it?" and then you realize you have been entertained so much you forgot there was a theme, plot, and development being addressed.

This is a good pop literature book, what our Kenyan market needs were it not for the tyranny of educational texts, lack of reading culture, and appetite for Western pop literature books.
Samuel Kimanthi
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Try not to laugh while reading this book. Just try.
Ekongu Martin
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Wangũi Ng'ang'a
This book is simply psychotic.I read it back in the day,though my copy was half-and-half.Now I really want 2 read the full book bt I'm not 2 sure my principles allow me to...
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Raw, unapologetic and hilarious. Mangua never disappoints
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Charles Mangua is a Kenyan fiction writer. His novels explore, among other issues, the "hardship and urban poverty" experienced by ordinary people in places such as Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.

Mangua's style is irreverent and often humorous. His early works, Son of Woman (1971) and A Tail in the Mouth (1972), sold more copies than any previous works of literature published in East Africa. His wo
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