ISBN 9789966882721
Pages 284
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Published 2002
Publisher Focus Books, Kenya
Format Paperback

I Swear by Apollo

by Margaret A Ogola

The sequel to The River and the Source, which won the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature, and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the Best First Book, Africa Region in 1995.

In this novel, Ogola tells of the lives of AIDS' orphans Lisa, Johnny and Alicia, and how they are guided to adulthood by their aunt Wandia, an intellectual and independent woman. The author weaves her narrative around the aspirations of her characters and how they develop to find a place in Luo/Kenyan society. A place they seek at the dawn of the twenty-first century, when Kenya is emerging from decades of corruption and deterioration; and in an environment of contradiction and mixed messages, where values and attitudes are continuously being re- examined.

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Review

"I Swear by Apollo is entertaining, felicitously composed and often moving. With its emphasis on healers and healing, especially on the AIDS scourge, the novel could be a fitting tribute to the famous East African Medical Airlift. This novel is strongly recommended."

Victor O. Aire, University Jos, Nigeria
About the Author

Margaret A Ogola

Margaret A Ogola is the celebrated Kenyan author of the novel The River and the Source, and its sequel, I Swear by Apollo. he River and the Source follows four generations of Kenyan women in a rapidly changing country and society. Critics have described it as a wonderful book, it has been on the KCSE syllabus for many years, and it won the Africa Region Commonwealth Award for Literature. She also is the recipient of the Familias Award for Humanitarian Service of the World Congress of Families.

Ogola is a paediatrician based in Nairobi and the director of Cottolengo Hospice, a hospice for HIV and AIDS orphans. She is also Vice-President of Family Life Counselling (Kenya) and interested in women's empowerment.

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