While the Lion Sleeps

While the Lion Sleeps

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With the third book set around the golden plains and hills of her beloved Kenya, the author completes a trilogy to form an African version of the Forsyte Saga. While the Lion Sleeps continues the story where Whispering Grass left off, or at least partially for most of the same characters continue to live on their shambas (land) and try to cope with the disturbing prospect of losing their homes, clinging on to the hope that in spite of the winds of change following the awakening of the sleeping lion - the Uhuru revolution spearheaded by the Mau Mau 'freedom fighters' - all will be well eventually. Like the preceding two books, this vivid fictional recreation of a past era is valuable for the genuine insight it gives by an author who writes as an eyewitness of that now lost time of Colonial East Africa. While the characters grapple with the volatile political and social conditions in the wake of the nationalist movement active in Kenya during the 1950s, the author does not flinch from recording the harsh realities of a life lived under the dark and bloody shadow cast by the conflict that caused many of the European landowners to flee and seek a new life elsewhere.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 204 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 11mm | 307g
  • Diadem Books
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1907294120
  • 9781907294129
  • 2,911,447