Review: The River and the Source by Margaret Ogola - Waridi's WorldThe 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.
Martin Doyle: “The Source: How Rivers Made America and America Remade its Rivers”
The River and the Source
Elizabeth delivered twins Veronica and Rebecca. The two girls had varied personality and physique. Becky Rebecca was startlingly beautiful and an avid attention seeker while Vera was quite intelligent and independent minded. When Vera and Becky were two years old, Elizabeth got another child, a boy Aoro. Mark decided that his young family could no longer stay in Nakuru because of the raging struggle for independence in Kenya. He took Elizabeth and the kids to Aluor where he thought they will be safe. Back in Nakuru Mark engages in extra-marital affair with a certain girl.
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. She travels to the Catholic mission, and is absorbed by that faith.
The novel starts with the birth of a baby girl.
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