Beti is perhaps Africa’s most underrated writer! “Mission to Kala” is a great coming of age novel which is often compared to Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye”, particulalrly as it also examines teenage angst, disillusionment and a search for identity. I studied “Mission to Kala” during my first year in university as part of a Black Literature course. The novel made for some memorable tutorial sessions! Check out link below for some more insight!
Brilliant. Stylistically the complete novel in my opinion with Ngugi making excellent use of time and multiple perspectives. An insightful examination of the complex relationships surrounding colonialism and independence. Strongly recommend.
I Studied “Efuru” in 5th year for my Ordinary Level exams. “Efuru” is moving and revealing with the eponymous character one of the greatest in African Literature. A great narrative which examines culture, gender, anguish and identity.