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  • Uhuru street : short stories (african writers ser.) by M.G. Vassanji

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    ISBN: 0771087179

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    ISBN 13: 9780771087172

    Edition: McClelland & Stewar

    Book Title: Uhuru street : short stories (african writers ser.)

    The author of the book: M.G. Vassanji

    Date of issue: February 15th 1992



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2.5*I really wanted to like this, but it was hard to connect to the stories and overall, I'm quite disappointed. The author M. G. Vassanji was born in Kenya, raised in Tanzania, is of Indian descent and has immigrated to Canada many years ago. A couple of months ago, I read a book on the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and how he expelled the Indian (Asian) residents of the country, because they were economically successful. Last year, I read the novel "Cutting for Stones" about Indian expatriates in Ethiopia. So I was quite curious about this book set in Tanzania about its Indian residents.Unfortunately the vignette-style short stories didn't work for me. This type of writing never really grabs my attention. There were only 2 stories towards the end that really touched me; "Leaving" and "Breaking Loose". Following Tanzania's independence, the government adopted an unfavorable attitude towards its Indian residents whom they also regarded as dominating the economy to the disadvantage of native Tanzanians. Thus many Tanzanian Indians immigrated abroad or even moved back to India. Many stories also focused on the domestic help, dating and matchmaking. I guess the author managed to capture the atmosphere of 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation Indians living in East Africa. "Uhuru" means independence in Swahili, which radically rocked their situation in the country. They don't belong to a single place, and their status is quite peculiar, which I thought the author described well.



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