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Abyssinian Chronicles: A Novel Paperback – November 13, 2001
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The prose itself bristles and cooks, with graceful transitions ("This time a year passed without hearing any news from Tiida") and scenes lurching with activity. Isegawa, who was born in Uganda but now lives in the Netherlands, is a master of unexpected verbs and details. Here Mugezi describes his mother's voice:
This woman knew how to irritate me on all fronts: her pathetic country-western girlie whine, xeroxed from a white nun from her convent days, the same nun from whom she had inherited the little tremolos which she sprinkled piously on the last hymn every night, really got to me.Inconsistencies in the narrator's point of view can mar this novel and arrest its progress. The narrator will suddenly describe interior states he couldn't possibly know about: his mother's depression and loneliness, which she hides from everyone, the deepest thoughts of distant relatives. But for readers hoping to glimpse a foreign world, these bumps in the road are worth the ride. --Ellen Williams --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I hesitate to give this book a full five star rating only because I found the last chapter, which brings our "hero" to Amsterdam, lacking in the dramatic urgency of all that's come before, culminating in what was for me a rather weak and disappointing ending. Otherwise, I would rank this as among the best books I've read in the past several years.
Kudos also to the book's translator. Originally written in Dutch, this translation reads as smoothly and effortlessly as if English was it's original language.
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Isegawa's narrative of postcolonial Uganda teases out some of the most culturally pervasive themes in Ugandan social life without rendering them as caricatures. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kigozi Peter
Ugandans are a funny lot, and Moses Isegawa has left no stone un turned in bringing out, what you should know about them. Read morePublished 11 months ago by J Kityo
The book is wordy, unstructured and cheesy. At best, this reads like a train wreck. If you have to buy this book for a class, I HIGHLY recommend that you avoid the class. Read morePublished 13 months ago by billy
A narration that simply stands taller and taller than any comparison... deep, reflective, spellbinding and richly told. Full of character.Published 19 months ago by Tom Owiyo
A very exciting book. I've been waiting to read this book for years. The long wait was not in vain. Ireally enjoyed reading it and recommend it strongly to all lovers of good books... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Olayinka Oyegbile Mr
My son said this was difficult to get through. Not his kind of preferred reading at 19 but who knows...Published on February 27, 2013 by Stephanie K
This is the second time in a year reading this book and it is still as entertaining and instructive as the first time. Read morePublished on July 1, 2008 by Mitchell Momanyi
I hope I receive it during this week the destination is Nairobi Kenia . The Book is a gift for a friend of mePublished on April 10, 2007 by Alfredo Langguth