Sunday, 17 December 2017

The Boy Who Spat in Sargrenti's Eye, 2014, Manu Herbstein ****

Manu Herbstein is a historical novelist whose novels are so well researched, Ama: A Story Of The Atlantic Slave Trade is a good example.
The Boy who Spat in Sargrenti's eye is the story of  the invasion of today's Ghanaian territory by the British army told through the eyes of a teenage boy Kofi Gyan, in the 1800s. Villages were ransacked, villagers were hanged, maimed or sent to exile. Tons of gold were stolen and auctioned at the invaders' heart desire.

An easy read, even a book I'd
recommend to young adults, it contains illustrations that depict life and style of that time. You'd be amazed to find out how rich and advanced many African kingdoms were, you'd again be sad and angry to find out how colonialism disorientated their progress.

Quite a knowledgeable read, if you love historical fiction, this is for you. Thank you Manu for sending me a copy of your novel for review. The waiting was worth it. I recommend.

The Boy who Spat in Sargrenti's Eye is winner of a Burt Award for African Literature, awarded by CODE Canada and the Ghana Book Trust, 2013. It is also winner of the African Literature Association 2016 Book of the Year Award for Creative  Writing.

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