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Mission to Kala

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  144 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Medza is sent off to retrieve a villager's wife who has run off with a man from another tribe. Amongst his best appreciated and funniest novels.
Paperback, 198 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Heinemann Educational Books
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Feb 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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The narrator of this story is a young man who returns to his home in town for school vacation, only to be sent on a "mission" to an upcountry village to retrieve a cousin's wife. While in the village, he finds himself a celebrity due to his "high education." With the help of his cousin, the village sports hero, he quickly immerses himself in the social life of the village, enjoying the freedom of his cousin and friends along with his status as an honored guest. When he returns home, he finds lif ...more
Mar 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
By far one of the best works I've ever read in my life. Reading Mongo Beti's novel taught me a lot about myself. From the interpersonal relationships between men and women I learned a completely different view of Africa from Beti as well. The novel takes place in Cameroon and is nothing like the traditional Nigerian literature you might have already read or are familiar with. I recommend this novel to everyone - it's funny, thought provoking and completely entertaining. I'm certain it will have ...more
Jun 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
It was like an African Catcher in the Rye. I actually wrote a mediocre paper exploring some of the similarities and I could detail some of them now...
both are written as a sort of reminiscence on the part of the speaker who feel sort of alienated
both protagonists have clandestine appointments with women which don't end in any kind of illicit activity
both protagonists have failed their exams
both protagonist are a little cocky.

Really well written and quite enjoyable.
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it
A look inside the changing of Nigerian culture at a certain point in was pretty good & funny too but I'm not so sure about the ending. Some kind of symbolic meaning no doubt but all that sorta stuff usually goes right over my thick head lol!!! Still, I liked the voice within this book & love (always) love looking into the ways & ideals of different cultures both past & present tense.
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
It took awhile for me to get interested in Mongo Beti's Mission to Kala. But once I did, I enjoyed it. First of all, there were the instances of what I can only call cultural sensibilities. The story takes place in Cameroon. And there are many examples that will make the Western reader realize they are dealing with another culture (in another time) ..... like when a character in the story doesn't want to ask their female relative a tactless question, because "she is older"..... or when people gi ...more
Tafadzwa Mafi
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
its just a very interesting book as we get into the life Medza a young boy who has failed his exams. We see this journey as a journey of self discovery for Medza. He begins to view himself in a different light due to the respect he is shown in Kala. It also reflects the difference between Western education and Village education. It also n brings out strong characteristics of the colonia master. If one has not rea d this life changing novel, one should start now
Shirley Mbele
it was of a kind and very captivating.l loved it.
Jun 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
I can't believe Goodreads has Mongo Beti!!! OMG! An amazing comming-of-age story and rural life in Cameroon.
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Pretty awesome story with a premise something like The Ambassadors - if Strether were a callow college kid.
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great coming of age book based in Africa.
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
The plot of this Mongo Beti's piece can be said to be one that is timeless, considering the fact that people are constantly coming of age daily and they have to make certain decisions to determine their place in life. Although, the setting is in Africa, it applies to everyone, that is, no matter where we are and what we are failing at, we would still be superior to others, it is now up to us to behave smartly in decieding wethere we want to allow this to get to our heads or not.
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