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This review is from: One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir (Hardcover)
I really liked the book. I first learned about the author through one of the radio interviews he has done on NPR. No one can dispute his intelligence and his special quality to engage his audience [audio or print]. This was a brilliant book, especially for Africans, because we can relate to many of the main themes... The experience of growing up in a middle class urban African family, the dreaded tribalism and politics and a quest for a national identity, the questions of migration and opportunity, our view of westerners and the vice-versa etc... are shared African experiences whose nuances can only be understood and stated by articulate Africans like the author. Binyavanga's anecdotes are wonderful but the book requires a lot of energy to focus because the writing moves in and moves out of different stories rapidly.