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Discussion of Black Mamba Boy

Hosted by the Consul of the Nairobi Book Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sun 24 Mar 14:30 - 16:30

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Good news for those who love fiction, like me. This month we will be discussing “Black Mamba Boy” by Nadifa Mohamed. What are you having the most trouble imagining and can’t wrap your head around?

It is one of the most entertaining and compelling reads. Just as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun drew out the little documented dramas of the Biafran war, Mohamed describes an East Africa under Mussolini's rule, in which the continent's underclass who bore no political allegiance to Italy's fascist forces became willing conscripts purely to get clothes and a square meal.

The story does, once or twice, fall victim to too much documentation without enough emotion, but this is a minor imperfection in the face of such an accomplished first novel.

Just a small note to group members who may not have read the book by 24th, you are welcome.

Warm regards,