TITLE: THE BOOK THIEF AUTHOR: MARKUS ZUSAK PRICE: Ksh. 990 EXTENT: 584 pages REVIEWER: VERAH OMWOCHA Available at Text Book Centre Disclaimer: You don’t fancy Death as a narrator? Don’t touch this book. You hate a super sad ending? Don’t bother. Historical fiction doesn’t work for you? You know what to do. A long read… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: THE BOOK THIEF
TITLE: MATING BIRDS AUTHOR: LEWIS NKOSI PUBLISHED: 1983 REVIEWER: VERAH OMWOCHA In a few days I am to die. Strange, the idea neither shocks nor frightens me… Any book that starts with such a punch is one that cannot pass by me. Well, it escaped me all these years but I finally managed to read… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: MATING BIRDS
I remember you as that friend; the silent friend with whom one shares a lot and yet shares very little.
BOOK TITLE: THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD AUTHOR: ZORA NEALE HURSTON REVIEWER: VERAH OMWOCHA Janie Crawford is a mullato girl who grows up in the early 20th century. She is left under the care of her grandmother by her absentee mother. Her grandmother prematurely marries her off to Logan Kellicks, a dull, ugly and older… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD
TITLE: TWISTED TIMES: SON OF MAN AUTHOR: VINCENT DE PAUL REVIEWER: VERAH OMWOCHA PRICE: $5.00 available at http://mysterypublisherslimited.com/ This text journeys through the life of one man, Kennedy Paul Maina; A young university student who, under duress, harks to the voice of crime and underworld killings; including being a hitman. Form his teenage years, Kennedy… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: TWISTED TIMES: SON OF MAN
BOOK REVIEW TITLE: UNDER THE UDALA TREES AUTHOR: CHINELO OKPARANTA REVIEWER: VERAH OMWOCHA Nigeria. At the height of the Biafra war is a young Igbo Christian family - father, mother and a young girl, Ijeoma. The father submits to the cold hand of death by refusing to seek refuge during a raid. Ijeoma finds herself… Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: UNDER THE UDALA TREES
TITLE: THE FORTY RULES OF LOVE AUTHOR: ELIF SHAFAK REVIEWER: VERA OMWOCHA When Ella, a forty-year old bored housewife in England signs up to work for a book agency, her first assignment is to read: Sweet Blasphemy, a manuscript by Aziz Sahara. Having been out of employment for long, amid misgivings and encouragement from her… Continue reading THE BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE
I walk into the interview room and smile like I’ve not been waiting for more than one hour. The room is intimidatingly huge and of course I take a minute or so to sample it out. It is good to know how much your potential employer is worth beforehand. A fair lady behind a huge… Continue reading I’M I TOO SKINNY?
BOOK REVIEW TITLE: KIU AUTHOR: SULEIMAN MOHAMED MOHAMED PUBLISHER: Educational Books Publ. [u.a.] YEAR: 1978 REVIEWER: VERAH OMWOCHA There is a new word in town, ‘sponsor’. Well, not entirely a new word but it recently gained a new meaning, a rich man or woman, mostly older, who bankrolls the life of a younger female or… Continue reading Book Review: KIU (And sponsor became the new word in town)
BOOK REVIEW REVIEWED BY VERAH OMWOCHA BOOK TITLE: TILL I’M LAID TO REST AUTHOR: GARFIELD ELLIS PUBLISHER: NSEMIA INC. (2010) A better life. A promise of a better job, life raced with beautiful sceneries, the comfort of maids at the beck and call, a huge house and everything that comes with it. The alluring sound… Continue reading Book Review: “Till I’m Laid to Rest” By Garfield Ellis