n English in Africa - Voices of anxiety and hope : narrative conventions and divergence, and their ideological implications in Charles Mungoshi's




In the thirty years since it appeared, Charles Mungoshi's Waiting for the Rain has continued to justify its early recognition as an important literary text addressing African and post-colonial cruxes.1 Hence it is notable that in many respects the novel is fairly conventional technically and almost indistinguishable from texts from Western 'centres.' The third-person narrative, omniscient but in the main non-intrusive, is so familiar one hardly notices it. Characterisation is conventional too.


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