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A Casualty of Power

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  7 reviews
'He boarded the inter-city bus and set off on the six-hour journey to Lusaka - Christopher Columbus en route to discover a new world.' Hamoonga Moya's journey would take him a long way from the township of his youth on the Zambian Copperbelt. Life in the capital brought him new friends, and new ideas, and his journalism studies introduced him to ethical dilemmas. Should we ...more
Published October 29th 2016 by Weaver Press
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William Schreck
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Casualty of Power by Mukuka Chipanta

If a talented story-teller encapsulates an entire culture and country, then this brave novel depicts nothing short of the new reality that is Africa, and it has the temerity to name the co-conspirators, whether they are African, Chinese or Western. In this sense this classic story is also a very modern one. Although Africans may appreciate this novel more, this perceptive analysis of modern-day Africa opens a path of exploration, especially for us non-Africa
Jin Z
Jan 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really want to like this book but I can’t say I do. It touches on some important and complex issues, but the execution is regrettably poor.
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Hamoonga Moya is a young man who hails from the Copperbelt region of Zambia. He is full of hopes and dreams for a bright future as a journalist. But idealism meets reality when he’s forced to serve time for a crime he did not commit. Following his release seven years later he finds work at a copper mine where he becomes embroiled in Union politics and eventually takes on a leadership role in that capacity. He learns firsthand of the ill-fated pawns who suffer as a result of those who would benef ...more
Emmanuel Mandela
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I value books that show me a completely new perspective on life and this is one of them. However, there were some things that I didn't like. I thought the characters were quite obviously crafted to serve a particular purpose in the novel and their features often seem quite exaggerated. Most irritating to me was the depiction of Chinese culture in the book - certainly by far the most stereotypical I have ever read.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Having lived in Zambia I enjoyed reading this book for the fun of recognising place names and familiar scenes. It is not terribly well written though, - although I definitely wanted to keep going to see how it ended. And the ending is pretty dramatic. Probably a true depiction of the way things are...
Goodwell Mateyo
Nov 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not very good

A technically poor attempt. The issues it addresses are relevant but the writing style was not up to standard. Not a lot of research went i to to this effort, it appears.
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Mukuka Chipanta is an Aerospace Engineer and Program Manager currently residing in the Washington DC metro area with his lovely wife Sandra. Born in Zambia, he spent his formative years in the mineral rich Copperbelt Province near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mukuka has several degrees in Engineering and Business from the United Kingdom and the USA. One of his proudest profess ...more