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Kintu Uganda s history reimagined through the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan in an award winning debut In Kintu Kidda unleashes a curse that will plague his family for generations In this ambitiou

  • Title: Kintu
  • Author: Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi Aaron Bady
  • ISBN: 9781945492013
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Paperback
  • Uganda s history reimagined through the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan in an award winning debut.In 1750, Kintu Kidda unleashes a curse that will plague his family for generations In this ambitious tale of a clan and of a nation, Makumbi weaves together the stories of Kintu s descendants as they seek to break from the burden of their shared past and reconcile the inheUganda s history reimagined through the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan in an award winning debut.In 1750, Kintu Kidda unleashes a curse that will plague his family for generations In this ambitious tale of a clan and of a nation, Makumbi weaves together the stories of Kintu s descendants as they seek to break from the burden of their shared past and reconcile the inheritance of tradition and the modern world that is their future.

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    1. Kintu opens with unbridled authority and mercilessness. In just a few pages a man has been hunted down by an angry mob in Uganda. He is then brained with a concrete slab; his woman is left in widowhood and has the hard task of dealing with her man's debt. Blood flows easily, and quickly, when your family's steps are haunted by a curse that spans generations.I found this such an effective piece of storytelling, the idea that the history of our ancestors never full leaves us and has the potential [...]

    2. An impressive debut novel, which takes place across three centuries and multiple generations in what would eventually be called Uganda. The first major event is the sudden violent death of a man named Kamu, beaten to death by a mob. Then the story jumps back to the 18th century, concerning a distant relative of his clan, a provincial governor paying tribute to a new king. In a fit of rage, he slaps his adoptive son, a Rwandan, in the back of the head, and the boy falls dead. He is buried hastily [...]

    3. Ohhhhhhhh, my friends, get ready for this one. It’s a Commonwealth Prize-winning story about the Kintu Kidda’s clan in Uganda and the centuries-long history of the family’s “cursed bloodline,” starting in 1750. Makumbi breaks the book up into six parts and details the lives of Kintu’s descendants and what it means to live in the shadow of the curse a they try to carve out their own futures. What a fantastic read!Backlist bump: I Do Not Come to You by Chance by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani [...]

    4. The novel “Kintu” by debut novelist Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi has been frequently compared to Yaa Gyasi’s hugely popular “Homegoing” because of its structure as an African family epic. However, “Homegoing” begins in the Gold Coast of West Africa (now Ghana) and “Kintu” takes place in the Buganda kingdom (today known as the Republic of Uganda). Makumbi’s ambitious tale begins in 1750 when Kintu Kidda, the leader (Ppookino) of the Buddu Province, travels with a group of men to [...]

    5. I absolutely agree with the other reviewers saying this should be compulsory reading for humans. At minimum: freshman year read for university students or enter the cannon of literature greats for any intro course.Makumbi is a brilliant writer--the prose is gorgeous but it isn't flashy and I love her for that. It is in that way deeply inviting, easy to read, but still quite entrancing. Her short story "Let's Tell This Story Properly" evidences the same style.I read this book easily even as I was [...]

    6. 4.5 starsThis is a big, ambitious book, relating the story of an extended family that begins with a patriarch in 1750 and then jumps ahead to 2004, tracing the fortunes of his descendants in modern Uganda. It’s been much discussed as a very Ugandan book, written for local readers and enjoying massive popularity there, but it’s an excellent novel with much to offer international readers as well.The story begins in the old kingdom of Buganda, where Kintu Kiddu, a governor, journeys to the capi [...]

    7. Reviewed here:africainwords/2014/11/12/j"I am always more impressed by the language of a book: how words are woven together to deliver the stories, than the themes. The words are what make me pause and go over a paragraph, just so I can get as much pleasure from it as was intended. When it comes to language, Makumbi delivers beautifully. The book is sprinkled with enough Luganda not to turn off any non-Luganda speaker and yet enough to make the book very authentic to the place where it is set. B [...]

    8. I'm a sucker for multigenerational family epics, especially when there's a curse at the centre of the story. I wasn't always dazzled by the plot or characters, but I enjoyed learning so much about Ugandan history/culture. Might appeal to readers who liked Homegoing, but this one is not written with a Western audience in mind. That can make for some challenges (keeping track of the characters is tricky), but it's also a great strength of this novel.

    9. Abandoned just past the 30% mark. The novel wasn't holding my interest enough to read another 300 pages. The initial story about the tribal chief Kintu in the mid-18th century was riveting, but the more modern story was decidedly less so, and I felt the depiction of how the "curse" played out in successive generations was uninteresting and ham-handedly done.

    10. What a sprawling work of fiction laced with history! My favorite thing about this story is honestly the history. It's a bit more mythical than I'd expected, but I am fascinated anew by heritage. Kintu left me wishing I could trace my own lineage and return to the places my ancestors began in the 1700's. When Kintu accidentally kills his adopted son, a curse is unleashed on his entire lineage. The curse manifests mostly as mental illnesses. This is concerning to me because obviously this is part [...]

    11. Jennifer Makumbi is an expert story teller; as I read this book, I was reminded of traditional oral story tellers, the ones who pass on a people's culture from one generation to another through tales. A story this elaborate could not have been woven by one with less prowess. I love the originality of it, and the way the story tells not just the political history of Uganda, but also the everyday issues they faced in the times depicted. It is said that good literature mirrors society. However, the [...]

    12. This book should be compulsory reading for every human being. For Ugandans: we should decide that those who have not read it are no longer Ugandans (do not throw stones yet), I have reviewed the book for two separate publications, see chimurengachronic/breaki and musicandliterature/rev - there maybe spoilers (there are spoilers in the reviews, especially the second one, but not too many.

    13. Is this how Nigerians felt when "Things Fall Apart" or "No Longer at Ease" were released? Is it how the Kenyans felt when "Carcase for Hounds" or "The River Between" were released?When you ask Google what famous Ugandan novels she knows, she will give you ten names. Only ten names as opposed to the twenty plus of Nigeria or Kenya. One of these ten is Kintu. I can understand why.For much of the books written by African writers, there is a great chronicling of local history and profiling culture. [...]

    14. This was an amazing book. Separated in to six sections, book one retells the “true” story of Kintu Kidda, governor of Buddu Province as he is about to set off towards Kampala to give homage to the new king of Buganda in 1750. His journey, its repercussions and the stories that are told and retold for generations afterwards will have a lasting influence on the Kintu clan. The following books in the novel recount the 21st century lives of four of Kintu’s decedents in modern Uganda and how th [...]

    15. Amazing story and the writer never confused things. I was however confused when they spoke about Kiyiika and Kiyirika, like it was the same place just a typo on the one.

    16. Definitely a winner.This is a book that you just immerse yourself in, because Makumbi doesn’t make it straightforward in time and since she is writing for Ugandans, not Western readers, you are at sea in the culture. But gradually stories and beliefs begin to cohere. Although I remained of two minds about whether there is a spirit world that actually affects events, or the problems are based in our modern factual and scientific understanding of the world. In a very good article/interview at St [...]

    17. This is a well researched beautifully written book about Uganda, set in Buganda. I love it firstly because it is about my people - there is something so good to see one'e self in a story - to recognise the characters, the know the landscaepe intimately, and yet to see it a new. This is my response from a first read. I wanted was to immerse myself into the book - to see if the narrative would pull me in, to see what impact it would have on me. I was drawn in, and kept sneaking away from my daily [...]

    18. Kintu is a book I thought I would not finish but when I held it I could not put it down; when the story starts off and you don't want to put it down! I like the way the author mixes streetspeak lingua with mainstream writing, it's one of those books Well go ahead read it!

    19. Kintu was a fantastic, epic novel of generations of a Ugandan family clan. The first section introduces us to Kintu himself, an important man within his region in 1700s Uganda. His family and their saga become the basis of a legend that grows over the centuries and connects his descendants, bringing us up to 2004. The stories and setting are rich, the characters interesting and flawed, their journeys both believable and historic. Events and politics of Uganda's recent past are addressed in diffe [...]

    20. The US edition of Kintu definitely could have used a family tree because I quickly lost track of the huge number of characters and their relation to each other. Kintu is a sprawling multigenerational saga set in Uganda, and I appreciated the multi-faceted look at history and culture (something I don’t know much about) but found the story quite difficult to follow. Kintu is a very ambitious novel that attempts to tell a national narrative, and its over-arching focus is on family relationships. [...]

    21. This book was a fascinating insight into Ugandan culture and folklore. Being quite unaware of the history and post colonial turmoils in Uganda, this book was a good primer. Beyond that, I loved the ambition and narrative style of the author in telling this story across centuries. The 17th century portion was my favorite. I loved how the author didn't draw a straight line connecting events and generations in the family. Instead we are provided vignettes of the lives of the descendants. The book e [...]

    22. What a fascinating and confusing story of Uganda and one family from 1750-2004. I struggled with every name, much of the language and the geographical references, and yet it totally kept my attention. The introduction is an elaborate encouragement to stick with the book and was just as helpful read again as an afterward validating the effort to finish the book.

    23. I don't really know how to rate this book. There were aspects that I enjoyed, such as the interior dialogue of the characters, but I just feel like as a whole it didn't come together the way it was meant to. Perhaps I took too long to read the book. Still, I would read the author's future works, she definitely has a strong voice.

    24. I finished this book just before bed and then dreamed about it all night long. It took me a bit to understand the book’s structure, but once I realized that we were building a clan, I was all in. Wow. I’ll be pondering this one for a while. Now excuse me while I dive deeply into Ugandan life and culture

    25. Kintu is a masterpiece, so beautifully written, linking Uganda's precolonial culture and modern life of today.It's structure is a set of different storylines all coming together in the last chapters.I enjoyed reading the book from the first page to the last, though I must admit that I got a bit impatient when again a new storyline was introduced without linking back to the previous ones. This should not discourage the reader: every storyline is interesting in itself and things get together at th [...]

    26. I don't get a lot of the praise in reviews here. It was a fine story, well written and compelling read. That's about it.

    27. great read but it starts of slow and hard to follow. The frequent juxtaposition between traditionalism and modernity is probably its biggest strength

    28. This book was VERY hard to get through. I cant even give any spoilers even on accident because it was so tough and convoluted I couldnt keep it straight to even tell anything. The story seems like it could be good, well Ill say from what I gathered after finishing it, the story itself is a good story. HOWEVER these are the issues that take away from the story, made it hard to read and follow and even finish (even though I did, i have maybe given up on one book in my life) 1) The books uses a lot [...]

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