Remember the African Skies?

Remember the African Skies?

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"Remember the African Skies?" is a fictitious novel about beating the odds of discrimination, the conflicts of race relations, and the fight to find the freedom to just be oneself. The story begins with a young African woman living in the UK with her teenage son and with much difficulty, is unable to keep her son off the streets dealing drugs and getting arrested for petty thefts. Having exhausted her options of reforming her son, she finally decides to use her life savings to make that one trip back home to Africa to her home country Mtesa. Now that Matthew was fifteen, she believed that he was now old enough to understand her reasons for having left Mtesa. She also felt that is was time that Matthew met his biological father, a white African man. On their flight to Mtesa, she hands Matthew a book written about a young illegitimate African boy, who is half black and half white, named Kungulu Zulu and his relationship with a white family that his mother worked for. Eagerly, Matthew begins to read the book and as the story begins to unfold, he discovers that the book is about the Bellmonts, Matthew's father's family. His father's world and Kungulu's life become a reflection of his own life. He becomes absorbed in Kungulu's life and sees that Kungulu's emotional struggles are a reflection of his own life struggles in trying to find himself. Kungulu's journey to self-recognition and social acceptance in Mtesa is achieved through his mother's encouragement and strength to survive in the colonial society of Mtesa. Mtesa is a country drawn apart with a thin line between the black and white people. With Mtesa's strong racial segregation that defines their social eminence, becomes the root of Kungulu's understanding of his two heritages. Being half black and half white, he learns about the ways of life of the two separate worlds, but is unable to detach himself from either one. With his mother's African spirit and his growing relationship with the westernised Bellmont family, he eventually achieves his goals in finding his own identity as a coloured African boy from Mtesa. MAIN CHARACTERS The main characters in the book are Kungulu Zulu, Sarah Zulu (Kungulu's mother) and Charlie Bellmont (Matthew's Father).The minor characters are Catherine Bellmont, Charlie's sister, and Munique, the author of the book Matthew is reading.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 170 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 10.67mm | 312.98g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514610965
  • 9781514610961