ISBN 9789956558339
Pages 290
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2009
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Son of the Native Soil

by Shadrach Ambanasom

Son of the Native Soil is a work whose quiet maturity glows in both subject and style. Here, love heals but the force of hate is very real. The hero, Lucas Achamba, by charisma and love undertakes to unite Dudum clan which politicking and egotism have split. His quick success stirs bitter rivalry and heartless cruelty that decide his fate. Nature is jumpy and even hysterical at this, and Ambanasom exposes it with fine evocative mastery. The style is refined and honeyed by sonal devices and visual tropes that half conceal subtle slashes at human foibles.

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“… Ambanasom offers a myriad of perspectives which hinge on classical issues of universal resonance such as man’s inhumanity to man, living in fame by dying for virtue’s cause, retributive justice, individual versus collective will…”

Edward A. Ayugho, National Vice-President, English Language Teaching Association, Cameroon

“This is an intelligent work, written in a very picturesque language, fertile with suspense, flashback, intrigue, philosophy and dilemma. It raises the fundamental question of elite commitment in rural African politics and entreats the reader to find an answer.”

Dr Alfred Ndi, Lecturer and Critic, University of Yaounde 1 (ENS Bambili), Cameroon

“A moving allegory… on people across the globe whose history has been beset by problems.”

Kenneth Usongo, Lecturer and Critic, Houston Texas, U.S.A

About the Author

Shadrach Ambanasom

Shadrach A. Ambanasom was born in Ngie Sub-Division in the North-West Region of Cameroon. He holds the following academic diplomas: CAPCEG, Modern Letters (University of Yaounde 1); BA (Hons) English (University of London); M.Ed; MA and PhD (Ohio University). He is an initiated member of the American KAPPA DELTA PI, an honour society which encourages high professional, intellectual and personal standards and recognizes outstanding contributions to education. Presently he is Associate Professor and Head of the English Department at E.N.S. Annexe Bambili, University of Yaounde 1. His publications include The Radical Romantics: An Introduction (2001), Education of the Deprived: A Study of four Cameroonian Playwrights (2003), The Dregs of Humanity (2005), Homage and Courtship: Romantic Stirrings of a Young Man (2007), Son of the Native Soil (2009) and numerous articles in national and international scientific journals.

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