Inspired by true events, this story interweaves the lives of several families living traditional lives in the heart of Africa, and shows the disturbing impact of dogmatic tradition and superstition on individuals and communities. Children are forced to marry men older than their fathers; two, three or even more wives is considered normal, and have to vie for their husband's attention; women are burnt to death because of a rumor that they might be witches; albinos are targeted and killed, their body parts taken for black magic. Since the government has not been able to stop these crimes it is left in the hands of the affected individuals, particularly the women, to take matters into their own hands. But with little cooperation among themselves, can anyone truly make a difference?
J. K. Muta
July 9, 2009
Initially, I was very excited to have won Under Man's Spell as my first Goodreads Giveaway novel because it closely described the types of literature I read and study at college. I'm fascinated by the postcolonial worlds and having read contemporary pieces by Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, to name a couple, I was excited to see what former Tanzania resident J.K. Muta had to offer. From the very first chapter, I realized … more