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One day I will write about this place : a memoir

Author: Binyavanga Wainaina
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2011]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author tumbled through his middle class Kenyan childhood out of kilter with the world around him. This world came to him as a chaos of loud and colorful sounds: the hair dryers at his mother's beauty parlor, black mamba bicycle bells, mechanics in Nairobi, the music of Michael Jackson. In this memoir, the author takes us through his school days, his mother's religious period, his failed attempt to study in South  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Autobiography
Named Person: Binyavanga Wainaina; Binyavanga Wainaina; Binyavanga Wainaina; Binyavanga Wainaina
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Binyavanga Wainaina
ISBN: 9781555975913 1555975917 9781555976248 1555976247
OCLC Number: 681499651
Description: 256 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Binyavanga Wainaina.

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The author tumbled through his middle class Kenyan childhood out of kilter with the world around him. This world came to him as a chaos of loud and colorful sounds: the hair dryers at his mother's beauty parlor, black mamba bicycle bells, mechanics in Nairobi, the music of Michael Jackson. In this memoir, the author takes us through his school days, his mother's religious period, his failed attempt to study in South Africa as a computer programmer, a moving family reunion in Uganda, and his travels around Kenya. The landscape in front of him always claims his main attention, but he also evokes the shifting political scene that unsettles his views on family, tribe, and nationhood. Throughout, reading is his refuge and his solace. And when, in 2002, a writing prize comes through, the door is opened for him to pursue the career that perhaps had been beckoning all along.

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