I’ve learn many tales, not solely as a scholar and trainer of literature, but additionally as a literary editor and fanatic. I’ve additionally sat in fora through which works of literature have been mentioned and one factor has at all times stood out: it doesn’t matter the place you come from; or your literary background or skills, however in the event you can keep in mind, and passionately so, the characters, scenes, and even particular traces from a piece you learn a few years in the past, then you realize you learn an ideal guide.
That is how excited I discovered myself, studying Kithusi Mulonzya’s debut novel, Main Gentle. I discovered myself having fun with how this journalist-turned-writer vividly explores African conventional tradition like a seasoned anthropologist.
On this story, we encounter a individuals struggling to extricate themselves from a curse that befalls them after they cruelly expel from their village missionaries who’ve introduced formal schooling and new faith to them. We empathise with an attractive dance champion who’s bitten by a snake and he or she needs to be buried on the day she is ready to host her engagement occasion. Vital to say can also be the best way this novel explores numerous societal stereotypes and biases.
The novel, wealthy in description and symbolism, additionally tells the story of a lady who within the Sixties, has already come of age by way of ladies emancipation. Regardless of being disinherited and exiled from her village, she fights to repossess what belongs to her and in so doing, speaks for a lot of different ladies who face the identical predicament as hers.
A reader is not going to miss out on the refined however loud name for justice and equity.
An individual studying Main Gentle could be forgiven to suppose that Kithusi is an previous hand at literary writing, particularly for the prowess with which he holds the reader’s consideration whereas taking them by means of the intricate paths of the journeys of his characters.