Kill Me Quick
HM Books Intl., 2009 - 96 pages
Meja and Maina arrive in the city confident their high school diplomas will lead to employment and success. However, they are unable to find jobs and they end up in the backstreets, withe the homeless poor. Brutally separated, they meet years later behind prison bars. This novel displays Mwangi's talent for writing lively stories depicting societal problems in Kenya.
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A gritty, raw look at life in the streets of Nairobi.And this was early 70's! A bright student in a village in Kenya, going to the big city for work after graduating top of the class, but not finding ... Read full review
Critics have been attacking Meja Mwangi for exploiting hopelessness in his urban Literature. But isn't Literature a reflection of reality? I bet he only write what exist, and I am with him in that, because I have been in Nairobi and saw Meja in people and...well..at a time.. felt Maina in me. In this novel 'Kill me Quick', city hopelessness and broken promises are examined through his major characters Maina and Meja. In a humourous style, this street boys, have to eat, search for job and survive, whatever it takes. This stirs on until they hit an ultimate disillusionment. What does future hold for them?
[A review by Morriso Adamba]