The river and the source book
The River and The Source - Worldreader Book ClubSynopsis: This epic tale of three generations of Kenyan women and their progeny, spanning over years, takes the reader from a nineteenth century rural village in Western Kenya to the end of the twentieth century in modern-day Nairobi. Join the descendants of Akoko as they confront cultural upheavals, from the coming of Catholicism to AIDS, with the courage and reserve that they derive from the blood of their matriarch. The River and the Source is a capacious novel that will take you beyond the intimate life of a single family; it will take you into the heart of Kenyan women everywhere. The Girl With the Magic Hands. Take Action Donate. Read now. Ogola Synopsis: This epic tale of three generations of Kenyan women and their progeny, spanning over years, takes the reader from a nineteenth century rural village in Western Kenya to the end of the twentieth century in modern-day Nairobi.
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The River and the Source
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The last time I read it was over a decade ago and seeing it made me want to read it all over again I could barely remember the story, to be honest. She was kind enough to lend me a copy. Margaret Ogola takes a look at family ties and the maintenance of the African social fabric through the lives of interconnected women across three generations. I had no expectations really since I had read it before. It was different in that it was not all about colonialism and the effects of it. It was not about the changes that came with having the colonial masters disrupt the traditional settings that had been there for centuries. The River and the Source is a feminist book more than anything else.
It is a sweeping story following the lives of three generations of women, from Akoko, born into a traditional Luo community, to her grandchild Awiti, whose children live into the late twentieth century. Akoko is the only daughter of a great chief, and is so loved by one of her suitors that he agrees to pay thirty head of cattle as her bride price, a staggering sum at the time. She has never seen a white person, but has heard rumors of a new government, so walks five days, further than anyone in her community has ever gone, to plead for help. The District Commissioner investigates, and her wealth is returned. She has heard of a new religion, the god of which particularly loves widows and orphans.