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Long left untouched and unleashed a series of unexpected events Odidi and Ajany’s mercurial mother flees in a fit of rage; a young Englishman arrives at the Ogandas’ house seeking his missing father; a hardened policeman who has borne witness to unspeakable acts reopens a cold case; and an all seeing Trader with a murky identity plots an overdue revenge In scenes stretching from the violent upheaval of contemporar This left me breathless Holy Sht I need to gather my thoughts but it was an amazing reading experience In the past I have struggled to connect with Kenyan Literature

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Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

From a breathtaking new voice a novel about a splintered family in Kenya a story of power and deceit unreuited love survival and sacrifice Odidi Oganda running for his life is gunned down in the streets of Nairobi His grief stricken sister Ajany just returned from Brazil and their father bring his body back to their crumbling home in the Kenyan drylands seeking some comfort and peace But the murder has stirred memories This may be one of the most difficult books I ve ever read and also in the end one of the most beautiful It s human voice is so immense so painful so incredibly hard

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Y Kenya back through a shocking political assassination in 1969 and the Mau Mau uprisings against British colonial rule in the 1950s we come to learn the secrets held by this parched landscape buried deep within the shared past of the family and of a conflicted nation Here is a spellbinding novel about a brother and sister who have lost their way; about how myths come to pass history is written and war stains us foreve This book is a hard read A slog even Because of the themes it deals with And the writing style Choppy Fragmented in parts There s a good story But you


10 thoughts on “Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

  1. says:

    This may be one of the most difficult books I've ever read and also in the end one of the most beautiful It's human voice is so immense so painful so incredibly hard to listen to at times but so real I have never been to Kenya and am not likely to ever get to Africa at this point in my life sadly but I feel I hav

  2. says:

    Dust opens with a shimmering vibrance that throws open the doors of perception indeed unscrews them from their jambs Odidi is running and remembering He remembers through objects the AK47 he throws away takes him back to a moment of transcendental communion through music and an occasion of buying a gift for 'his woman' whose name he cries out silentlyHe discards the gun he calls out love returns to love His gift is linge

  3. says:

    This winter offers an unusually rich bounty of novels about Africa “Radiance of Tomorrow” Ishmael Beah’s gracious s

  4. says:

    I think if I knew about Kenya I would've give this an additional star so take that as a failure of the reader not the writer The novel seems to be jam packed with the country's history people landscape and even perhaps mythology all of it start

  5. says:

    This left me breathless Holy Sht I need to gather my thoughts but it was an amazing reading experience In the past I have struggled to connec

  6. says:

    Thanks to Awuor Onguru for recommending this lovely dense novel Author Adhiambo has one of the freshest new voices out there weaving melancholy history and passion to examine a group of interconnected families during some of Kenya's most turbulent timesNota Bene it took me a few pages to get used to Adhiambo's

  7. says:

    Lyrical poetic melancholic in short ALL THE FEELS Dust is a poetic family saga entwined with Kenya’s post colonial history and the ways in which covered up history has continued to shape our national identity What struck me the most was the

  8. says:

    This book is a hard read A slog even Because of the themes it deals with And the writing style Choppy Fragmented in parts There's a good story But you will need patience And that's my attempt at recreating some of the prose in this book The prologue is what really sets the stage for this story A man is running chased by a mob as we are treated to flashbacks from his life it's fast paced and you can't help wanting to know why was h

  9. says:

    This book was hard for me I did not really like the writing style in many places The NYTimes review said Only the reader who truly loves books — books full to brimming with imagery — will appreciate the magic Owuor has made of the classic

  10. says:

    Sometimes you open a book and you know immediately whether the writing will grab you and the first sentences promise that the story will carry you to the last That was the case for me when I opened Dust Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor's outstanding debut novel In it Owuor weaves a rich and colourful tapestry of a land its people and its recent history The novel is as much a portrait of one family and its members' struggles and challenges as