Abyssinian Chronicles

Abyssinian Chronicles

Paperback - 2001
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Like Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude , Moses Isegawa's Abyssinian Chronicles tells a riveting story of twentieth-century Africa that is passionate in vision and breathtaking in scope.

At the center of this unforgettable tale is Mugezi, a young man who manages to make it through the hellish reign of Idi Amin and experiences firsthand the most crushing aspects of Ugandan society: he withstands his distant father's oppression and his mother's cruelty in the name of Catholic zeal, endures the ravages of war, rape, poverty, and AIDS, and yet he is able to keep a hopeful and even occasionally amusing outlook on life. Mugezi's hard-won observations form a cri de coeur for a people shaped by untold losses.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2001, c2000.
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed. --
ISBN: 9780375705779
Branch Call Number: FIC Isega
Characteristics: ix, 462 p.


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May 12, 2015

Ugandans are a funny lot, and Moses Isegawa has left no stone un turned in bringing out, what you should know about them. He has done so, not as an African, but as a Witty-Anglo bred aristocrat who writes English as if it were a piece of trash. Whenever I would be reading this book in public, I always stopped, in order not to embarrass myself by laughing out loud in full public glare. Isegawa is not an Imitation of Salman Rushidie, as some people have imputed, he is an eccentric African who brings everything Africa bare, while exploiting his powerful language of creativity and imaginative flight. Whereas it is still true to say that Chinua Achebe is in his own class of African writers, I am yet to see a novel so well strewn, from an African, Like Moses Isegawa's Abyssinian Chronicles

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