n Africa Insight - Rumours, Mongane Wally Serote - book review

Volume 48 Number 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


Rumours is the title of Dr Mongane Serote’s intense and engaging book published in 2013. The book is divided into three parts and thirty-six chapters. In each part of the book, the author introduces new characters, the setting and a theme. The overriding theme of the book is centered on Keke, his life in the doldrums and the pursuit of reconciliation with his wife and the two children. In his astute poetic writing style, Dr Serote delves into the life of a veteran of the liberation struggle, the concerns about the sins of incumbency plaguing the ruling African National Congress (ANC), foreign and suspicious intelligence agents in some parts of the continent, and African customs, spirituality and tradition. All these issues unfold through and are episodes of Keke’s life.

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