The river and the source book

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the river and the source book

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Published 07.01.2019


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.

Review: The River and the Source by Margaret Ogola

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.

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. 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.

No eBook available Amazon. I thought it was a punishement when we were told to read it Now more than ever i want to read and re read it againthe book so inspired me to right my own. I just wish Margaret was here to direct me I love your work mama RIP. Account Options Sign in. My library Help Advanced Book Search.


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