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Betrayal in the City

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  207 ratings  ·  31 reviews
First published in 1976, this play from one of Africa's foremost dramatists is in the classic cannon. It is an incisive examination of the problems of independence and freedom in post-colonial Africa states, where few believe they have a stake in the future. In the words of one of the characters: "It was better while we waited. Now we have nothing to look forward to. We ha ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published December 29th 1976 by East African Educational Publishers
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throughout the book you see so many betrayal that points you to why the author chose the title to be betrayal in the city and w…more
main theme is Betrayal.
throughout the book you see so many betrayal that points you to why the author chose the title to be betrayal in the city and why betrayal is the main theme compared to other theme like suffering, injustice, dictatorship etc.(less)
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Dora Okeyo
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This play begins with a graveyard scene, like most of Imbuga's plays.
The reader is introduced to the parents of Adika, a well loved and young son who was murdered by four bullets for leading a student's riot.
The reader also meets Jusper, his brother who has since gone mad and nothing else seems to help alleviate the family's pain.

Like most plays it has some humor : we have two fools, one is Mulili, the Boss' distant cousin who is illiterate but acts like he's the genius, and then there's Jusp
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Onala Paul
Betrayal in the city by Francis Imbuga is a play that tells us what happened and what is happening in most third world countries. Politics is the main theme where after African countries getting independence replace the leadership with African leaders who are dictatorial and careless in the way they lead.
The Play starts when Doga and Nina are about to do a final ritual at the grave of their murdered son Adika. Jusper the brother of Adika is not there and thus his parents are worried as to where
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Ak
Sep 01, 2013 rated it liked it
This book exposes how politics and politicians then, just like now remaib the same!The masses are excited at the thought of a new government but even with the change of guard,nothing changes and cynicism sets in.
Adoch Winnifred
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Its a laugh out loud. Its one that you should discuss it with a friend. You will rediscover so many things you didn't notice when you read it a alone.
the first scene of this book introduces you to the parents of the hero of the play who were morning and a cousin to the head of state is trying to stop them. You then get to meet the different people in the book who are important like Moses who is a lecture at the university and was arrested for drugs dealing and was never proofed. Regina who trie
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Ms. Ellen
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Emmanuel Issaya
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very nice app
Amufwa Ndalo
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Well this book is so real to todays situation in the third world coutries. The way politicians are taking advantage of the weak in the society for their own good. It is a short yet a beautiful read to book, the simplicity in the language used makes the reading an awsome expirience that you just fall in love with.
Levi Cheruo
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Betrayal in the City is a perfect mirror of many an African State...like Kafira, no doubt many African States, Kenya included, is guilty of suppressing dissenting voices...
M-chawia Matoronyi
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
good book
Wanyama Benard
betyayal in the city
ibrahim mushekwe
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This set book its so interesting and so acquitting.the message in it is so realistic in our life practice
Nicholas
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Francis Imbuga is trying to challenge the governance of today. Putting in light how the government officials are misusing their country's resources without minding the citizens. Eliminating those who are trying to shade the light to the citizens. ...more
Dranoel Honor
Jan 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Worth a reread
Winnie Natana
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I like this book. It reminds of me "Animal Farm", very sad but true and many African societies are just like the one depicted in this book. ...more
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Moraa
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Read this for school. Wish I hadn't had to analyse it so deeply.
Too much on the nose though.
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Augustine Benedict
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This play is somewhat funny. But very catching, and also deep. Did it in Lit class and I loved it.
Benson King'Ori
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. His political satire is superb and his portrayal of characters is just out of this world! I especially loved it when he quoted the desiderata!
Introverted Booknerd
one of the best satirical reads of all time
Frankline
A good book
Musoke Gilbert
This is wow!
Innocent
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-last-mile
painfully sad, but real in day today life
Nyombi Ann
politics gone wild
Stephen
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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African Literature
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Successor, a play by Francis Imbuga, focuses on the themes of human greed and the role of the supernatural in determining the course of our lives. Character- being a major aspect in drama has been used by the author as the vehicle with which he has relayed his desire message. The writer has used different characters in his play to convey different messages...continue reading. ...more
Clinton Lare
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Its okay .
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Professor Francis Davis Imbuga (1947 – November 18, 2012) was a Kenyan playwright and literature scholar whose works, including Aminata and Betrayal in the City, have become staples in the study of literature schools in Kenya. His works have consistently dealt with issues such as the clashes of modernity and tradition in the social organisation of African communities. His play Betrayal in the City ...more

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