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Book Title: Going Down River Road|
Date of issue: December 1st 1976
ISBN 13: 9780435901769
The author of the book: Meja Mwangi
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 38.50 MB
Edition: Heinemann Educational Books
Read full description of the books Going Down River Road:I hated Nairobi. The pollution-choked air, the dusty lanes and angry matatu drivers, unhappy frenzy that sapped my body of its health each time I passed through. I've been down River Road, and I didn't like it. Meja Mwangi, you devil, how did you make me miss that city?
This novel is gritty, and very male. The men cuss and fight and the women are all bitches.
He passes a few drunks on the way up the dimly lit dustcovered stairs. A drunk old man sits on the first landing and sends a river of beer vomit down the stairs. A half full bottle of beer stands faithfully by his side. He pauses between retches to talk to the beer bottle and swallow back whatever he has left in his mouth; one cannot afford to waste good food. Alcohol, that refuge from the constant struggle for survival. The poverty in this book is of a shape so jagged and heavy that it needs that balance of cold-blooded hell-raising. We have homeless people in Canada, but they are not so naked. We have brothels, but there are no crying babies in the corner. No one shits on the path.
Going Down River Road is crusty like The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born but without the politics and moralizing. This isn't highfalutin literature. It's the lowest of the fucking low, and those bastards can plug their arses with God's grass if they don't like it. This pen is loaded with fire.
Read information about the authorMeja Mwangi began his writing career in the 1970s, a decade after his more well-known compatriots such as 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 claim that East Africa was a literary desert (Taban 1965, Nazareth 1976). Since then, Meja Mwangi has gone on to establish himself as one of the most prolific of Kenyan writers, publishing eleven novels in seventeen years in addition to short stories, children's books and working with a variety of projects in film. Mwangi's works have received awards in Kenya and abroad, they have been translated into six languages, and there are film versions of two of his novels.
While Mwangi has touched on all of these concerns, we might divide his work into three major categories. The first comprises his Mau Mau novels. For many Kenyan writers, the armed resistance to British colonialism in Kenya, which came to be known as the Mau Mau revolt and reached its height in the 1950s, was a far-reaching experience. Weapon of Hunger is perhaps Meja Mwangi's best book yet. The picture he paints of the relentless quest for modern Africa is grim. What is most depressing, is that there seem to be no solutions. Western philanthropists, such as Jack Rivers, are portrayed in a favourable light as sincere people. All their energies, however, are expended on trying to understand Africa's problems and once they understand them they realise that the problems are beyond them. As for the Africans themselves, they could have provided solutions, but since they are lined up in warring factions, that is impossible. While the two sides fight on to the finish, will million of ordinary people continue to starve to dead? That is the questions which Meja Mwangi asks himself and which he asks the readers of Weapon.
(Lynn Mansure, Weekly Review)
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