Three women's land battle

2008-02-01 00:00

THIS book is set in the sixties, the first years of Kenya's independence, as the country grapples with many of the issues that have beset South Africa in the past 12 years - how to build a multicultural society, what to do about burgeoning greed and corruption, and, most of all, how to reconcile a violent past with hope for the future.

This is an epic novel with lots of sub-plots and peripheral characters and it would have been improved by tighter editing and a trim. The authors are sisters and I was aware of two styles of writing, one more accomplished than the other. But these are minor gripes and it is still a good read if you have the time to curl up the couch with a thick book.

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