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

Volume 32, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



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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