The River Between

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Heinemann, 1965 - Fiction - 174 pages
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This book explores life on the Makuyu and Kameno ridges of Kenya in the early days of white settlement. Faced with an alluring new religion and 'magical' customs, the Gikuyu people are torn between those who fear the unknown and those who see beyond it. Some follow Joshua and his fiery brand of Christianity. Others proudly pursue tribal independence. In the midst of this disunity stands Waiyaki, a dedicated visionary born to a line of prophets. He struggles to educate the tribe, a task he sees as the only unifying link between the two factions, but his plans for the future raise issue which will determine both his and the Gikuyu's survival.

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User Review  - Lukerik - LibraryThing

The writing’s incredibly concentrated and the more you look at it the more meanings you can find. His style is very much ‘tell, not show’. Normally that annoys me, but here it’s elevated to an art. It ... Read full review

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User Review  - BBcummings - LibraryThing

An excellent description of the typical dilemma African culture has faced since the introduction of Christianity, and the divisions it caused during the time when colonialism became fully entrenched ... Read full review

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