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The rhythm of a culture,
This review is from: One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir (Hardcover)
My favorite authors put words together in a magical way that makes me do a double take - go back and smile at descriptions. (Why couldn't I think of that?) Barbara Kingsolver is one. Binyavanga is another. How many times I returned to enjoy a description over and over while reading One Day I will Write About This Place. What Binj has done with this book is to allow us to enter the common world of a young African man trying to sort out what it all means while maintaining a rhythm that I feel is systemic on the continent. (He will take me to task for such a gross generalization I am confident, still the rhythm of the continent prevails as an undercurrent as we read about Binj's journey, providing a sense of place that is phenomenal and important.)
The fact that I have read several chapters of this memoir before was not a problem for me - placing those stories in a larger context added a new depth. I think this is an important work. I agree with Ngugi wa Thiong'o, that you "feel the drama and vibrations of life" in Kenya. This book is a treasure.