Sunday, 11 March 2018

Dance of the Jakaranda, 2018, Peter Kimani ***

Dance of the Jakaranda narrates the story of the intertwined destinies of a white reverend, a British soldier, an Indian railway worker and a Masai king in today's Kenya before its independence from the British. A novel that questions the true identity of a Kenyan. 
The story has lots of potential, however, it does not meet my expectations, A lot is going on at a time, which keeps on moving back and fort in history. I was more interested in the lives of the characters, I wanted to get to know them better, however the historical events keep on popping up, kindling my interest, although,
distracting my attention too.

Peter Kimani's writing skill is splendid, there is no doubt whatsoever he is good at this craftsmanship. However, I have always emphasised that there is a huge difference between a strong storyline and and a good writing, I must also say that very few writers are excellent at both. 

Thank you to  Elizabeth Briggs who sent me this book for an honest review (recently released on the 5th of March 2018). She is the editor and marketing manager at Saqi Books, Telegram, The Westbourne Press.

Please, let me know your opinion if you've read this book.


5 comments:

  1. An honest review, Mary and that is commendable.

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    1. I struggled to love it but it somewhat fell short.

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  2. It's a shame this book didn't come up to scratch for you. It sounds like it could have been very interesting.

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    1. It could have been, however, the outcome of squeezing every single event in a story is not always interesting

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