Smouldering Charcoal

Nana Fredua-Agyeman

Smouldering Charcoal (Heinemann, 1992; 183) by Tiyambe Zeleza belongs to the immediate post-colonial African literature, which includes such texts as Ayi Kwei Armah's The Beautyful Ones are not Yet Born, and Ngugi wa Thiong'o's A Grain of Wheat. More specifically, it belongs to those collection of works which exposes the disillusionment of independence and questions the integrity and vision of the post-independence leaders, usually the first presidents, who became harsh, corrupt, and more cruel. Smouldering Charcoal (Heinemann, 1992; 183) by Tiyambe Zeleza belongs to the immediate post-colonial African literature, which includes such texts as Ayi Kwei Armah's The Beautyful Ones are not Yet Born, and Ngugi wa Thiong'o's A Grain of Wheat. More specifically, it belongs to those collection of works which exposes the disillusionment of independence and questions the integrity and vision of the post-independence leaders, usually the first presidents, who became harsh, corrupt, and more cruel.However, published in the early 1990s, when the equalisation of the genders had become the song and aim of government policies and therefore major themes of every work, the novel could equally be pushed into the social commentary sub-category of African literature aimed at instigating a social change. Consequently, Smouldering Charcoal is a socio-political novel. But its deficiency is the subliminal and sometimes conspicuous social commentaries it makes.

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Andrea

I wavered between three and four stars for this book. The theme and characters were intriguing, but the narrative style was uneven. Especially at the end of the book, Zeleza seemed to be trying to sum everything up as quickly as possible and totally destroyed the structure and pace of

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the narrative. Some characters seemed to change to radically within the story without enough narrative illustration of how the change happened. But the story of survival and disillusionment under a corrupt regime k I wavered between three and four stars for this book. The theme and characters were intriguing, but the narrative style was uneven. Especially at the end of the book, Zeleza seemed to be trying to sum everything up as quickly as possible and totally destroyed the structure and pace of the narrative. Some characters seemed to change to radically within the story without enough narrative illustration of how the change happened. But the story of survival and disillusionment under a corrupt regime kept my interest, and I would recommend the book for those interested in exploring political corruption in Africa....more

Jeffrey

Zeleza was a professor of mine when I was in university, teaching African History. This novel shows brilliant insight for the events taking place within the African subcontinent and attaches you to vibrant characters.

Odilia Phiri

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.Nice book worthy reading

Lucky Dickens

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