Review: Speak Swahili, Dammit!

Speak Swahili, Dammit!
Speak Swahili, Dammit! by James Penhaligon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found that I was able to relate to so much in this autobiographical account of Jimu’s childhood. Being about five years younger than the author and having learned more outside of the classroom than inside and having traveled and run away a lot during my formative years, the chords were striking and the bells were ringing all the way through.

The description of the book gives you a very good idea of what goes on in Jimu’s life, but you have to read it to make the full discovery. I guarantee that you wil laugh a lot, and you will probably empathise with his antics. Furthermore, you can learn a smattering of Swahili. There are many basic phrases which are then repeated in English without interrupting the flow of the narrative. I admire that writing technique.

All in all, a lovely book and well worth picking up.

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About Lance Greenfield

Blog: lancegreenfield.wordpress.com email: lancegmitchell@outlook.com I published my debut novel in December 2014: Eleven Miles. My second novel went live in February 2016: Knitting Can Walk!
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One Response to Review: Speak Swahili, Dammit!

  1. davidprosser says:

    The only Swahili I ever learned (for obvious reasons) was Nakupenda sana which is ‘I Love You’ I wonder if my little Tanzanian Star remembers me.
    Hugs.

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