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Dust AUTHOR Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

Long left untouched and unleashed a series of unexpected events Odidi and Ajany’s mercurial mother flees in a fit of rage; a young Englishman arrives at the Ogandas’ house seeking his missing father; a hardened policeman who has borne witness to unspeakable acts reopens a cold case; and an all seeing Trader with a murky identity plots an overdue revenge In scenes stretching from the violent upheaval of contemporar. I think if I knew about Kenya I would ve give this an additional star so take that as a failure of the reader not the writer The novel seems to be jam packed with the country s history people landscape and even perhaps mythology all of it starting with the murder of a young man and ending with a slow reveal of multiple secrets It is an absorbing immersion into the inner and outer lives of the characters and the countryAs one example of how much I don t know I thought the reference to a teacher killed while defending a colleague who was chopped to pieces in front of their students was perhaps created by the author When the man s name becomes important to one of the main characters giving him a feeling of power as he resists swearing to the oath I thought perhaps the name itself meant something I googled it and found that Aloys Kamau was a real man that there s a book about him subtitled Teacher and Martyr by Giuseppe Mina published by Paulines Publications Africa a Catholic press and that is all that s online The uestion of what endures and one of the answers being the land reminded me of Faulkner The poetic style at times was reminiscent of Michael Ondaatje but ultimately it s its own fitting the material though the sometimes staccato style is not usually one of my favorites perhaps another reason for my lack of a fifth starNo real happiness exists for any of the characters but there is bonding of former enemies of family members of lovers of those who turn mythic With the theme of past violences tortures and mutilations disappearances and erasures affecting the present 2006 I was reminded of Marra s A Constellation of Vital Phenomena These authors have turned horrible themes into beautiful literature but I d have given up the pleasure of reading these works for there being no need for them

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Y Kenya back through a shocking political assassination in 1969 and the Mau Mau uprisings against British colonial rule in the 1950s we come to learn the secrets held by this parched landscape buried deep within the shared past of the family and of a conflicted nation Here is a spellbinding novel about a brother and sister who have lost their way; about how myths come to pass history is written and war stains us foreve. This book is a hard read A slog even Because of the themes it deals with And the writing style Choppy Fragmented in parts There s a good story But you will need patience And that s my attempt at recreating some of the prose in this book The prologue is what really sets the stage for this story A man is running chased by a mob as we are treated to flashbacks from his life it s fast paced and you can t help wanting to know why was he killed Who is he And what led up to all this After that I felt like the story kind of fell of a cliff WheeeAnd it s because of the way it s written Single words or very short sentences punctuated by periods Beautiful descriptions of people and places but also hard to follow Smoke and mirrorseer Smoke and dust in this case may make for an added sense of mystery but it s also frustrating I almost gave up This is my main criticism of this book Most of those who throw in the towel will do so in the first 3 or 4 chapters A writer should be able to write as they please but they also have a job to do draw the reader in in the first few chapters So they are invested for the long haulThis book covers alot of ground from Colonial Kenya to the turbulent period surrounding the Dec 2007 early 2008 election period Odidi the running man is a main character as is his family sister Ajany father Nyipir and mother Akai It helps to be familiar with Kenyan history if you aren t you might want to look up some things such as the MauMau the Emergency period Historical figures both recent and old Jomo Kenyatta Pio Gama Pinto Tom Mboya Daniel Moi Oginga Odinga Raila Odinga Mwai Kibaki etc Owuor dredges up forgotten stories and buried memories and she uses each of the characters to tell these stories All this is set to the almost mystical backdrop of the Northern Kenya landscape Coloured in vivid reds and oranges not just in words but literally by Ajany who is uite the consummate artist She comes home after a long absence and is confronted by the riddle of a brother who has been killed in mysterious circumstances A heartbroken father and a mother who uite simply loses it She walks through Nairobi and the arid landscapes around Wuoth Ogik where the family lives There is alot of walking in this book ALOT Another reviewer points this out and as I read through it s something that definitely stands out Parts of Northern Kenya are very remote so it s no surprise but still this a detail that stood out The arrival of Isaiah Bolton from England seems to upend the lives of everyone in the Oganda family He too is looking for answers And for the next 400 or so pages through Ajany and Isaiah s uestions all that has been buried is dredged up and laid bare The injustices pain and trauma of the Colonial era How people who might have lived as brothers betrayed each other for thirty pieces of silver or something like that The disenchantment that followed Independence in 1963 Aside Ngugi wa Thiong o s book A Grain of Wheat revolves around some of this The cancer of corruption that seems to grow burrowing deep into every facet of society eventually suffocating lives You will meet characters like the Trader Ali Dida Hada and Petrus who have turned this into an art form And the lies and secrets that parents keep from their children and that wives and husbands keep from each other The middle part of the book was really enjoyable the story flows well and layers are peeled away to reveal buried truths This is where Yvonne s skill as story teller really shines FYI some of the incidences described in the book such as the death of Eric Bower and Aloys Kamau really did happen At times though there is too much melodrama just when you are really getting into the story Everything builds up to a grand crescendo culminating in what feels like a final showdown at Wuoth Ogik When you get to the end go back and read the prologue it will all make sense The ending was bitter sweet but satisfying enough for me Sometimes it s easy to figure out where the title of a book came from With this one there could be any number of answers For me the answer came from a line on page 3511st edition Hardcover But then so many seasons afterwhen memory is dust Ali cameBut he could see nothing History lives in the memories of those who lived it Remembrances are fragile they can easily be swept away lost to the wind just like dust Overall a well written masterfully crafted story 37 stars Amrita Sher-Gil through a shocking political assassination in 1969 and The Hobbit the Mau Mau uprisings against British colonial rule in DC Comics: Anatomy of a Metahuman to learn Arts of Wonder the secrets held by The Good Daughter this parched landscape buried deep within Jasmine Summer the shared past of Simply Sensual (Simply, the family and of a conflicted nation Here is a spellbinding novel about a brother and sister who have lost Frank Gehry their way; about how myths come The Wake to pass history is written and war stains us foreve. 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but it s also frustrating I almost gave up This is my main criticism of The Mad Queen this book Most of Aesops Fables those who The Orphans Dream throw in The Vanishing Man towel will do so in So Long At The Fair the first 3 or 4 chapters A writer should be able Corporate Finance to write as Double Trouble they please but Acne and Rosacea to do draw Catharsis the reader in in Darkhenge the first few chapters So A Kind Of Wild Justice they are invested for Hua Hua You Long 1 the long haulThis book covers alot of ground from Colonial Kenya The Family Cooks to The Town That Food Saved the The Gut Balance Revolution the Dec 2007 early 2008 election period Odidi Dark Viking (Viking II, the running man is a main character as is his family sister Ajany father Nyipir and mother Akai It helps Broken to be familiar with Kenyan history if you aren Fearless Queen Part 2 t you might want Vulnerable (McIntyre Security Bodyguard, to look up some Bad Romance things such as The Mistake the MauMau The Man Who Saw Everything the Emergency period Historical figures both recent and old Jomo Kenyatta Pio Gama Pinto Tom Mboya Daniel Moi Oginga Odinga Raila Odinga Mwai Kibaki etc Owuor dredges up forgotten stories and buried memories and she uses each of Penguins Poems for Life the characters The Armourers House to Stage Coach (Saddle Club, tell Art as Music, Music as Poetry, Poetry as Art, from Whistler to Stravinsky and Beyond these stories All Ask the Past this is set Anatomy of Violence the almost mystical backdrop of La grande casa the Northern Kenya landscape Coloured in vivid reds and oranges not just in words but literally by Ajany who is uite Achieving Work-Life Balance the consummate artist She comes home after a long absence and is confronted by Fearless Warriors the riddle of a brother who has been killed in mysterious circumstances A heartbroken father and a mother who uite simply loses it She walks 21 Great Ways to Manage your Time and Double your Productivity through 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buried is dredged up and laid bare The injustices pain and The Kingdom trauma of The Road to Lichfield thirty pieces of silver or something like Tales of Ancient Egypt that The disenchantment Tales of Ancient Egypt that followed Independence in 1963 Aside Ngugi wa Thiong o s book A Grain of Wheat revolves around some of The Perfect Murder (Inspector Ghote, this The cancer of corruption Lislam Et Le Réveil Arabe that seems The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English to grow burrowing deep into every facet of society eventually suffocating lives You will meet characters like The White Guns the Trader Ali Dida Hada and Petrus who have The Book of Football Quotations turned Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove, this into an art form And The Road Back Home the lies and secrets The TV Time Travellers that parents keep from The Prester Quest their children and The God Squad that wives and husbands keep from each other The middle part of The Ayatollahs Democracy the book was really enjoyable The Silent Sea (The Oregon Files, the story flows well and layers are peeled away Classic Essential Vegetables to reveal buried The Murder Exchange truths This is where Yvonne s skill as story The Isis Covenant (Jamie Saintclaire, teller really shines FYI some of The Excalibur Codex (Jamie Saintclaire, the incidences described in The Cold War the book such as The Soul of Leadership the death of Eric Bower and Aloys Kamau really did happen At The Night Listener times Under Currents though The Confidential Agent there is The Light In The Window too much melodrama just when you are really getting into Three Entertainments the story Everything builds up Lissa to a grand crescendo culminating in what feels like a final showdown at Wuoth Ogik When you get Lissa to Red Sky At Sunrise the end go back and read Taken by the Alpha the prologue it will all make sense The ending was bitter sweet but satisfying enough for me Sometimes it s easy Crazy for Cake Pops the Horse 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Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor ó 4 Summary

From a breathtaking new voice a novel about a splintered family in Kenya a story of power and deceit unreuited love survival and sacrifice Odidi Oganda running for his life is gunned down in the streets of Nairobi His grief stricken sister Ajany just returned from Brazil and their father bring his body back to their crumbling home in the Kenyan drylands seeking some comfort and peace But the murder has stirred memories. This may be one of the most difficult books I ve ever read and also in the end one of the most beautiful It s human voice is so immense so painful so incredibly hard to listen to at times but so real I have never been to Kenya and am not likely to ever get to Africa at this point in my life sadly but I feel I have seen a glimpse of life that is not on tourists maps but is of lives lived over the past 50 plus years as colonialism ended and Kenya has striven to become its own land The costs of that past are seen in the present Past and present are mixed throughout this novel as are the outer physical world the inner world and the spirit world The pivotal action around which the novel swirls is the death of Odidi Oganda shot down in the streets of Nairobi I am not giving away anything here This is told on the flyleaf of the hardcover copy and in all summaries of the book But the description that you will read is unlike what you will find in most novelsfar visceral physical present and yes difficult But shouldn t death be difficult to observe Especially violent seemingly senseless deathThen people come together and apartthe family of Odidi the police functionaries the political system of Kenya relatives of English colonials looking for pieces of the past And the language is so often stunning He will forever remember the texture of the wind in that moment how it was a witness He will remember how he stopped breathing He will remember the flavor of sorrow blended with fear against the backdrop of pale bonsai thornbushes sand a doum palm tree Bayonet aloes cacti fleshy giant milkweed myriad acacia sentinels rooted in loam sand and lava He will remember that the singing bird stopped mid reprise Incense drifting By the time he was touching the coffin all color had drained from his face He knew better than to speak p 63Life and death are mingled constantly The lush plants side by side with the dried bones of the desertThere is language native to Kenya also throughout the text with and without translation Some is song some notThere are also lies So many lies Personal political governmental historical And these form a backdrop for what happens in Dust Until these lies misunderstandings half truths are resolved the story cannot end and the reader cannot understand anythingHappily there is also love though it is hard to find and often a struggle to hold on to for any length of timeIn one affecting segment of the novel Odidi s father Nyipir recalls the assassination of Tom Mboya in 1969 and the political upheaval and terror that followed After Mboya Kenya s official languages English Kiswahili and Silence There was also memory Nyipir s mind had collected phrases shouted out to those who were within hearing range Tell my wife My brother Daughter Son My friend Someone Tell my people That I am here Tell them you saw me Because there was silence he tried to memorize names never speaking them aloud p 273How to end this review when there is so much to say and also so little as the book really says it all I will end with one short uote from Owuor that seems to reflect the nature of the people and country she so obviously loves What endures Echoes of footsteps leading out of a cracking courtyard and the sound a house makes when it is falling down What endures Starting again p 362


10 thoughts on “Dust AUTHOR Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

  1. says:

    This may be one of the most difficult books I've ever read and also in the end one of the most beautiful It's human voice is so immense so painful so incredibly hard to listen to at times but so real I have never been to Kenya and am

  2. says:

    Dust opens with a shimmering vibrance that throws open the doors of perception indeed unscrews them from their jambs Odidi is runnin

  3. says:

    This winter offers an unusually rich bounty of novels about Africa “Radiance of Tomorrow” Ishmael Beah’s gracious story of rebuilding a village in Sierra Leone was just the beginning Next week Susan Minot will publish “Thirty Girls” which is about a Ugandan teenager kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army; next month we’ll get Teju Cole’s “Every Day Is for the Thief” which focuses on a Ni­ger­ian

  4. says:

    I think if I knew about Kenya I would've give this an additional star so take that as a failure of the reader not the writer The novel seems to be jam packed with the country's history people landscape and even perhaps mythology all of it sta

  5. says:

    This left me breathless Holy Sht I need to gather my thoughts but it was an amazing reading experience In the past I have struggled

  6. says:

    Thanks to Awuor Onguru for recommending this lovely dense novel Author Adhiambo has one of the freshest new voices out there weaving melancholy history and passion to examine a group of interconnected families during some of Kenya's most turbulent timesNota Bene it took me a few pages to get used to Adhiambo's style Yet it so perfectly captures the mood of the story and its characters that now I cannot imagine this drama conveyed in any oth

  7. says:

    Lyrical poetic melancholic in short ALL THE FEELS Dust is a poetic family saga entwined with Kenya’s post colonial history and the ways in which covered up history has continued to shape our national identity What struck me the most was the u

  8. says:

    This book is a hard read A slog even Because of the themes it deals with And the writing style Choppy Fragmented in parts There's a good story But you will need patience And that's my attempt at recreating some of the prose in this book The prologue is what really sets the stage for this story A man is running chased by a mob as we are treated to flashbacks from his life it's fast paced and you can't help wanting to know why was he killed

  9. says:

    This book was hard for me I did not really like the writing style in many places The NYTimes review said Only the reader who truly loves books — books full to brimming with imagery — will appreciate the magic Owuor has made of the classic nation at war novel With splintered lyricism she tells the story of the Oganda familyOwuor’s prose is a physical expression of the landscape it evokes raw fragmented d

  10. says:

    Sometimes you open a book and you know immediately whether the writing will grab you and the first sentences promise that the story will carry you to the last That was the case for me when I opened Dust Yvonne Adhi

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