DISCOVERING HOME BINYAVANGA WAINAINA PDF

Discovering Home is 13 months of a trip back home laid down in an enjoyable 4-chapter short story. In fact, he says little about South Africa except the farewell party, the goats on their roads that look at him in defiance and that Cape Town is mellow in relation to Nairobi which is like a shot of whiskey. We are immediately taken into the journey home, musing about the miracle of life being the ability to exist for a time in defiance of chaos. This is attributed to the fact that he could have missed the flight due to hangover issues, postponement and the tickets almost not materialising. The lesson is inserted like a bookmark but one must not miss it Phrases swell, becoming bigger than their context and speak to us as truth. The journey starts in Kenya.

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Discovering Home is 13 months of a trip back home laid down in an enjoyable 4-chapter short story. In fact, he says little about South Africa except the farewell party, the goats on their roads that look at him in defiance and that Cape Town is mellow in relation to Nairobi which is like a shot of whiskey. We are immediately taken into the journey home, musing about the miracle of life being the ability to exist for a time in defiance of chaos.

This is attributed to the fact that he could have missed the flight due to hangover issues, postponement and the tickets almost not materialising. The lesson is inserted like a bookmark but one must not miss it Phrases swell, becoming bigger than their context and speak to us as truth. The journey starts in Kenya. Binyavanga makes a commentary on the social and inadvertently the political issues in his home country.

For example, the man wearing a Yale University sweatshirt and tattered trousers. He is stuck in the jam with his wheelbarrow competing for space with cars. The Maasai, the Kamba, the Kikuyu, the Samburu are shown as the different people that give life to the variety of Kenya.

Who works harder, who loves better are all issues that come together, not in a competitive way but a complementary way. Wainana is able to poke holes at things like female circumcision without necessarily being offensive but causing considerable thought and reflection. There is nothing wrong with being what you are not in Kenya, just be it successfully. In Africa, the party is a party but when the morning comes, there is an awkwardness about having shared so much with a stranger the previous night.

Nonetheless the joining factor is the food, the dance, the music of community. I guffawed in laughter as Wainana took to describe the Dombolo dance. To do it right, wiggle your pelvis from side to side while your upper body remains as casual as if you were lunching with Nelson Mandela. This is much unlike the romanticised view from much of the West, where elephants and rolling hills are the heroes. When he talks about Maasai land, he talks about the people mostly. I enjoyed Christmas in Bufumbira, the final chapter.

Sure, there are many inventive Baganda women but much of culture has painted them as always waiting on their husbands. Wainana brings to note that a lot of Baganda women are industrious as they are attractive. Home in Bufumbira is sombre yet not tear jerking. There is a control with which Wainana writes.

He talks about the events in Rwanda, the people who have been through it, their sacrifices, gently putting them on a pedestal without telling it on the mountains despite the fact they are in the mountains. This book is a story of fortitude, hope and the camaraderie of home. It is a view of Africa unbiased by the usual African themes. You will not find deep tragedies, only history, nostalgia and a new found respect for home.

File Name: discovering home by binyavanga wainaina summary. Gay, and quite happy. Following his education, Wainaina worked in Cape Town for some years as a freelance food and travel writer. In , he was given an award by the Kenya Publishers Association for his services to Kenyan literature. Somebody has locked themselves in the toilet. The upstairs bathroom is locked and Frank has disappeared with the keys. There is a small riot at the door, as drunk women with smudged lipstick and crooked wigs bang on the door.

I have been working here, in Observatory, Cape Town, for 2 years and rarely breached the boundary of my clique. Fear, I suppose, and a feeling that I am not quite ready to leave a place that has let me be anything I want to be — and provided not a single predator. That is what this party is all about:. Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina is inexhaustible, a public intellectual very much engaged with the literary and political worlds.

It is an impressionistic memoir of the mutability of place and language, told in the first-person present so that, as readers, we are taken through his post-colonial childhood by a hyperobservant, sensitive guide.

It moves from his discovery of the power of fiction to college in South Africa, where he started writing in earnest. For a week, writers and editors from across Africa exchanged ideas, shared stories, and generally had a great time.

In the center of it all was Wainaina. See a Problem? Binyavanga Wainaina was an award-winning writer who was translated and published around the world, and whose acclaimed work includes the book, One Day I Will Write About This Place , as well as the iconic essays, How to write about Africa and I am a homosexual, mum. After founding and running Kwani? In , he won the Caine Prize for African Writing. In , he won the the Sister Mariella Gable Prize for his memoir.

After surviving a series of strokes, Binyavanga Wainaina passed away in Nairobi at 10 pm on the 21st of May, , missed and mourned by his family, friends, and a multitude of readers.

We are unable to locate these essays. He wrote several essays for the Sunday Times , South Africa, commissioned by Andrew Unsworth, which are unavailable on their online archive. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Adriaan van Klinken does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

How to write an obituary for a person of such standing? The conventional way would be by starting with the key biographical facts. Wainaina was born in in Nakuru, Kenya. He went to school in Nakuru, Thika, and Nairobi. In he became the founding editor of African literary magazine, Kwani? He came out as gay in , at a time when African countries like Uganda and Nigeria were passing new anti-homosexuality bills.

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DISCOVERING HOME BINYAVANGA WAINAINA PDF

Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan author and activist, dies aged 48 Wainaina, winner of the Caine Prize, passes away at a Nairobi hospital following a short illness. Wainaina, the founder of the literary magazine Kwani, passed away following a short illness, the chairman of the Nairobi-based magazine told The Daily Nation newspaper on Wednesday. In November , Wainaina suffered a stroke. Gay, and quite happy," he tweeted. There is little that irritated him more than the constraining and constrained human imagination.

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Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan author and activist, dies aged 48

Discovering Home is 13 months of a trip back home laid down in an enjoyable 4-chapter short story. In fact, he says little about South Africa except the farewell party, the goats on their roads that look at him in defiance and that Cape Town is mellow in relation to Nairobi which is like a shot of whiskey. We are immediately taken into the journey home, musing about the miracle of life being the ability to exist for a time in defiance of chaos. This is attributed to the fact that he could have missed the flight due to hangover issues, postponement and the tickets almost not materialising. The lesson is inserted like a bookmark but one must not miss it Phrases swell, becoming bigger than their context and speak to us as truth.

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