The second book in the Kuwisha trilogy, this is a gently satirical look at life in an East African slum. Young Ferdinand Mlambo has lost his prestigious post as kitchen aide at the State House because of his disloyalty to the president, whose chief steward has decided to rename Mlambo "Fatboy". With the help of a glue-sniffing local gang, Mlambo goes on a quest to recover his reputation amid a slew of corrupt politicians, do-gooder celebrities, crazy schemes, and a bevy of colorful characters. Australian actor Jerome Pride lends the story a rhythmic, enjoyable feel.
In this sequel to the acclaimed Last Orders at Harrods, Michael Holman again combines the insights of someone brought up in Africa with the experience of nearly 20 years as the Financial Times' Africa editor. With a sharp observant pen, he describes a world of abandoned street children, corrupt politicians, well-meaning aid workers, celebrity outsiders, self-deceiving donors, and the resilient residents of Kireba - Kuwisha's worst slum - where the worldly but compassionate Mrs Charity Mupanga presides over the popular rendezvous, Harrods International Bar (and Nightspot).
(P)2008 Bolinda Publishing
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