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Kid Moses

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Moses wanders through the remote Tanzanian wilderness lost, hungry and about to die. He is nine, or maybe ten years old, a homeless street kid from the port city of Dar es Salaam who has just buried his best friend . . .

Moses wanders through the remote Tanzanian wilderness lost, hungry and about to die. He is nine, or maybe ten years old, a homeless street kid from the port city of Dar es Salaam who has just buried his best friend . . .

Kid Moses is the sparsely written, but powerful story of Moses, who escapes the hustle and violence of Dar es Salaam to chase his father’s dream of returning to the farmlands of Tanzania. His ingrained need to be free takes him on a journey through the Tanzanian wilderness – a lonely, harsh and unnervingly quiet place. Accompanied by his friend Kioso and succumbing to hunger, Moses accepts a lift from a disturbed stranger and ends up living in the regimented confines of a rural orphanage, before seeking out the uncertain safety and shelter of the bush once more.

Kid Moses is a deeply introspective novel that evokes the despair and loneliness of JM Coetzee’s Life and Times of Michael K; Wilma Stockenstrom’s The Expedition to the Baobab and Aher Arop Bol’s The Lost Boy.

Despite the awful cruelty of his world, Kid Moses reveals the fundamental compassion that resides within most of us.

 

About the Author
Mark Thornton
has a home in Cape Town and has worked since 1994 in Tanzania. He holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Management from the University of Cape Town. He has spent the past 15 years as an internationally respected wilderness safari guide and conservationist, a job that has taken him into Tanzania’s most remote places and into the lives of diverse people, He has written for Africa Geographic magazine and UNESCO. In his writing, Mark seeks to explore the relationship between humans and their environment, particularly in the Tanzanian context, as revealed in Kid Moses. He is fluent in English and Swahili.

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Author: Mark R Thornton
ISBN: 9781431402656
d-PUB ISBN: 9781431403219
ePUB ISBN: 9781431405527
mobi file ISBN: 9781431406463
Size (mm): 212x136mm
Pages: 132pp
format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Rights: World
Language: English
Publication Date: 2011-11-14