Coming to Birth by Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye

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The novel opens with the Introduction of Martin Were to the audience. Martin is presented as a member of the educated middle working class in the Kenyan society and is in every way, a perfect depiction of young man with a successful life laid before him. Paulina Akelo, who is barely out of her teens, and wife to Martin Were, is also presented at the beginning of the novel. She is presented as being naive and ignorant to the ways of ‘the city’. The story-line of the novel follows the life of this young couple, who experience the ups and downs of marriage life with childlessness being the main negatively-impacting force on their marriage.The Story of Martin and Paulina runs along that of political developments in Kenya as a young nation. The nation goes through political upheavals, which are mainly characterized by the assassination of key governing figures in the then ruling government. The downturns experienced by Kenya as a country are more or less similar to those experienced by Martin and Paulina in their marriage union. In the story, Paulina is seen to develop from the naive and ignorant lady she was at the beginning of the novel, into a confident and well informed individual, capable of voicing her stand in what she believes in.

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ISBN 9781558612495
Pages 192
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Published 1986
Publisher East African Educational Publishers, Kenya
Format Paperback

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