Den of Inequities Review on BlackMzungu
What started on the metro, ended in the metro…and boy was it a thrilling travel companion to have!
Omosh, Edward, Aileen, Cindy are some of the typical Kenyan names you’ll come across on the streets of Nairobi and this writer managed to breathe life into these characters in a beautiful way. Each day as I read a few pages on my daily commute, I could vividly picture a real-life Omosh or Aileen based on how well told the story is.
If you love contemporary African writing and would like to catch a glimpse of the different realities in a concrete jungle like Nairobi, then Den of iniquities is a good read that I’d recommend. No wise wahenga walisema sayings here, no cryptic ancient tales, just the hard knocks life of the average not so average Nairoberryians.
Not only do you get to take a walk in the shoes of the haves and have-nots in a bustling sub-Saharan economic hub, you also get to face the ugly head of corruption, extrajudicial killings, police brutality, criminalization of poverty, organized crime and other social ails are rarely written about outside the domain of news and academic pieces
My misgivings of the book is it’s brevity, yes 🤣, I the self-confessed minimalist would have loved to read more than the 188 pages in this book; tell me more about the characters, eat into their backgrounds, build those lovable characters more…
And ohh, since Kinyanjui asked for a critique pale KoT, my main concern is the apologist nature of the writing, don’t apologize or try to translate Nairobi slang when writing about Nairobi! Budaa, wacha wajue, ibidi wameulizia or used Google as it makes it even more exciting 👐🏿
Strong man, strong! Looking forward to reading more from Kinyanjui Kombani