Review

Review: Mandate Of The People by Margaret Ogola

“She was a child of the modern universe – hard as nails and willing to do whatever it took to survive.”

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 246

Published: 2012

Rate: 3 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

During the election time in Migodi, Leo Adam Agade, a hitherto unknown breed of politician in the region, campaigns on a platform of honesty, but runs into the menacing opposition of his adversary. 

Disclaimer: A copy of the book was sent to me for review by Focus Publishers but all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.

My Take

I equally enjoyed this book just as much as I did not.

What I liked: The Kenyanese in the book. This is a book for Kenyans. Mandate of The People takes us through the political climate during election time. There is a tone of hope, change and freedom throughout the book that acts as a guide which I quite liked.

Some of the characters are well written and developed and they bring out the story so well. This made for an enjoyable read.

“But he understood innately that a name was eventually as good as whatever the owner chose to make of it.”

What I didn’t like: In as much as this book is for Kenyans, it feels like it wasn’t written with us in mind. Every single Swahili, vernercular and sheng words/statements/ sentences were translated and it made for a frustrating read. I found it unnecessary honestly. The book is tone deaf in parts especially during character interactions.

All in all I liked Mandate of The People well enough. The good do outweigh the bad and as we are gearing up for elections next month, it is worth a read.

Have you read Mandate of The People? What did you think about it?

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