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Dance of the Jakaranda

Peter Kimani

Kimani reimagines the rise and fall of colonialism in Africa by telling the story of the birth of Kenya's railroad. Set in the shadow of Kenya's independence from Great Britain, Dance of the Jakaranda reimagines the rise and fall of colonialism, and the special circumstances that brought black, brown, and white men together to lay the railroad that heralded the birth of the nation. The novel traces the lives and loves of three men: preacher Richard Turnbull, the colonial administrator Ian McDonald, and Indian technician Babu Salim, whose lives intersect when they are implicated in the controversial birth of a child. Years later, when Babu's grandson, Rajan--who ekes out a living by singing Babu's epic tales of the railway's construction--accidentally kisses a mysterious stranger in a dark nightclub, the encounter provides the spark to illuminate the three men's shared, murky past. Dance of the Jakaranda could well be a story of globalization--not just for its riveting multi-racial, multi-cultural cast--but also due to its diverse literary allusions: from Chekhovian comedy to Kafkasque caricatures, or magical realism popularized by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Yet, the novel is firmly anchored in the African storytelling tradition, its language a dreamy, exalted and earthy mix that creates new thresholds of identity, providing a fresh metaphor for race in contemporary Africa.

Kimani reimagines the rise and fall of colonialism in Africa by telling the story of the birth of Kenya's railroad. Set in the shadow of Kenya's independence from Great Britain, Dance of the Jakaranda reimagines the rise and fall of colonialism, and the special circumstances that brought black, brown, and white men together to lay the railroad that heralded the birth of the nation. The novel traces the lives and loves of three men: preacher Richard Turnbull, the colonial administrator Ian McDonald, and Indian technician Babu Salim, whose lives intersect when they are implicated in the controversial birth of a child. Years later, when Babu's grandson, Rajan--who ekes out a living by singing Babu's epic tales of the railway's construction--accidentally kisses a mysterious stranger in a dark nightclub, the encounter provides the spark to illuminate the three men's shared, murky past. Dance of the Jakaranda could well be a story of globalization--not just for its riveting multi-racial, multi-cultural cast--but also due to its diverse literary allusions: from Chekhovian comedy to Kafkasque caricatures, or magical realism popularized by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Yet, the novel is firmly anchored in the African storytelling tradition, its language a dreamy, exalted and earthy mix that creates new thresholds of identity, providing a fresh metaphor for race in contemporary Africa.
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Kimani reimagines the rise and fall of colonialism in Africa by telling the story of the birth of Kenya's railroad. Set in the shadow of Kenya's independence from Great Britain, Dance of the Jakaranda reimagines the rise and fall of colonialism, and the special circumstances that brought black, brown, and white men together to lay the railroad that heralded the birth of the nation. The novel traces the lives and loves of three men: preacher Richard Turnbull, the colonial administrator Ian McDonald, and Indian technician Babu Salim, whose lives intersect when they are implicated in the controversial birth of a child. Years later, when Babu's grandson, Rajan--who ekes out a living by singing Babu's epic tales of the railway's construction--accidentally kisses a mysterious stranger in a dark nightclub, the encounter provides the spark to illuminate the three men's shared, murky past. Dance of the Jakaranda could well be a story of globalization--not just for its riveting multi-racial, multi-cultural cast--but also due to its diverse literary allusions: from Chekhovian comedy to Kafkasque caricatures, or magical realism popularized by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Yet, the novel is firmly anchored in the African storytelling tradition, its language a dreamy, exalted and earthy mix that creates new thresholds of identity, providing a fresh metaphor for race in contemporary Africa.

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Sibi-Okumu

Length:

12h 59m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

11:01


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

15:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

56:39


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

36:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

41:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

36:27


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

47:41


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

51:28


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

10:07


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

33:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

35:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

12:52


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

37:05


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

36:15


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

16:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:56


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

42:39


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

35:54


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

31:22


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

36:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

41:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

25:41


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:46


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

28:53


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

11:20


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

00:33