Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Book Review

Things fall apart is a tragic novel by Nigerian author – Chinua Achebe. The book was first published in 1958. The motivation of the author to write the book might have arisen from the changes that were taking place in his society at the time. Things Fall Apart is set in Pre-colonial Nigeria and reflects… Read More »

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Book Review

Purple Hibiscus is carefully crafted and presented through form and content relevant to the African context. The author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, made her debut as an author through the publication of this novel. Purple Hibiscus was published in 2003, which set the stage for publication of additional and captivating titles. Additional works by Chimamanda include… Read More »

The River and the Source by Margaret Ogola, book review

The River and the Source is among the few out-standing works tagged African literature. In this novel touching on family ties and continuity of the authentic African social fabric, Margaret Ogola exemplified her prowess in creative writing in a captivating and informative narrative. The River and the Source Novel was first published in 1994, and… Read More »

The Successor by Francis Imbuga, book review

Summary and Review ‘The Successor’ by Francis Imbuga, is a play that focuses on the themes of human greed and the role of the supernatural in determining the course of our lives. Character- being a major aspect in drama has been used by the author as the vehicle with which he has relayed his desire… Read More »

Scarlet Song by Mariama Ba, Summary and Book Review

Plot Summary The novel Scarlet Song by Mariama Ba focuses on the theme of love, and narrates the story of two youngsters. Ousmane Gueye (a Senegalese) and Mireille (daughter of a French diplomat). The two young people are from highly diverse backgrounds, but are bound together by love. At the beginning of the novel, the reader is introduced to… Read More »

The Concubine by Elechi Amadi, Book Review

Summary and Review The concubine is a fictitious novel by Nigerian author Elechi Amadi. The novel was first published in 1966 after which the author published a number of other literary works; which include: The Great Ponds (1969), Sunset in Biafra (1973), The Slave (1978) and Estrangement (1986). It is, however, this novel (The Concubine)… Read More »

A Meeting in the Dark – Ngungi Wa Thing’o (Book Report)

Summary and Review A meeting in the dark is a short story by Kenya’s prolific writer, Ngugi wa Thiong’o. The story is set in Kenya, among the Kikuyu community. The story is about a young man called John, who is among the few young men in his community to have acquired the ‘white man’s education’.… Read More »

Book review: Disgrace, by J. M. Coetzee

‘Disgrace’ Summary and Review ‘Disgrace’ is a novel by John M. Coetzee, which explores the challenges that members of European community face in post-apartheid South Africa. The author focuses on the career and private life of the main character in the novel, David Lurie, as a pointer to the injustices meted against European minorities within… Read More »

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, book review

Americanah Summary and Review Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was published in 2013. The critically acclaimed novel addresses the racial and cultural conflict between Africans and the rest of the world. Americanah is part of a ‘themed book series’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, in her exploration of African cultural identity in the face of modernity… Read More »