Saturday, August 09, 2008

Navigation of a Rainmaker: Sudanese novel

Navigation of a Rainmaker (African Writers Series) Navigation of a Rainmaker by Jamal Mahjoub


My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book was written just as the second civil war was breaking out in Sudan, mid to late 1980s. The main character is a lost soul who finally finds himself by killing a mercenary-type American who has come to Sudan to stimulate the instability, rather than work towards peace. The American's moment of revelation is an interesting statement of neo-colonial goals in Africa; the main character's challenge--to act or not to act--is a question that carries over from the most famous Sudanese novel, Season of Migration to the North. A good novel, but I'm pretty interested in Sudanese material so somebody looking for a "great book" might be a bit disappointed.


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