White Fang by Jack London
White Fang is an e-book that I read some months ago. It comes free with the Aldiko android e-reader app. The book follows the journey of a quarter dog, 3/4 wolf animal, from his cruel upbringing to his redeeming end. It’s a lovely story that I would over and over again. The story is told from various points of view that makes you understand the characters, from White Fang’s mother to the human characters in it. It’s full of humour but poignant and thought provoking most times. You really ‘feel’ for the young puppy left alone to fend for himself, bullied by other puppies, abused by his masters until he meets one master (Weedon Scott) who shows him kindness at last. But the master must go back to America to his family and wants to leave White Fang behind. White Fang cries and howls and follows his master to the docks. Will Scott take White Fang to California? How will his family receive him (the dog/wolf) bearing in mind he’s not exactly a domesticated breed?
Read and find out for yourself. It made me cry at some point(s). Such a beautiful story.
Across the Bridge by Mwangi Gicheru
Somehow, I never read this book in my younger days. The book is set in post independence Kenya and is told from the point of view of Chuma, a houseboy who falls in love with his boss’ beautiful daughter, Caroline. How can the two ever end up together? A houseboy with little education, an educated girl with rich parents. It gets complicated when Caroline becomes pregnant, what next for the couple? Caroline’s parents would never accept Chuma for a son-in-law and would rather put him in jail if they can. What about Caroline, if she does stay with Chuma, where will they live? Is it real love or just a rebellion against her parents?
These are the questions that reading the short novel will answer. Chuma decides to get into crime in order to afford a live that he thinks Caroline wants and that is how he ends up in jail, where the story begins. It’s written in a simplistic way, I’d say it’s a bit hard to relate because the characters don’t have depth. However it is an enjoyable read that I wish I had read earlier as I am now too jaded to be excited by things/language that a 12 year old would be reading under a blanket with a torch. If you’ve never read it before, it’s definitely worth the time you will spend on it. Above all, it tackles themes such as injustice, inequity in society, and love. Can people really ever cross the bridge from poverty to riches?
On My Reading List
These are the books I should be reviewing in the future that I am currently reading in traffic.
- The Brothers Karamazov by Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky (e-book)
- Ake, The Years of Childhood (Memoirs) by Wole Soyinka