The Jive Talker: Or, How to get a British Passport

The Jive Talker: Or, How to get a British Passport

Samson Kambalu


Samson Kambalu's father wore three-piece, London-made fits from the Sixties. He'd deliberate to be a physician yet settled for health center management and a peripatetic way of life together with his ever increasing relatives in tow. he's 'the Jive Talker' of this outstanding memoir - a guy of thwarted ambition, boundless optimism and manic philosophising, he died of AIDS in 1995, bequeathing his son 'the Diptych' - an eclectic library of technology, philosophy and English language classics ­ a fondness for phrases and a boundless imagination.

In this thoroughly unique, frequently subversive, ebook, Samson Kambalu writes of his youth in Malawi, a rustic few may be able to pinpoint on a map. because the kinfolk strikes from ceremonial dinner to genuine poverty and deprivation, and again to lots back, reckoning on their father's expert fortunes, we're brought to lifestyles in a rustic within which no dissent is tolerated, the place political competitors are 'disappeared' and a portrait of lifestyles President Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda is usually absolute to be looking at. yet this is often additionally a rustic within which a bit boy passionate about books, ladies, Nietzsche, style, soccer and Michael Jackson wins a loose schooling on the Kamuzu Academy ('The Eton of Africa') and grows as much as be one among England's so much promising younger conceptual artists. With amazing prose, depraved humour and never a bit of inventive licence, The Jive Talker opens the door to an Africa that's not often written approximately.

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