Achieving Superpersonhood

Three East African Lives

Fiction - Literary
496 Pages
Reviewed on 08/04/2019
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Achieving Superpersonhood: Three East African Lives is a novel in the literary genre penned by author William Peace. In this sweeping narrative that crosses cultural divides and exposes the realities of living on the continent of Africa, we encounter the choices of three young people and how their lives are shaped by the society around them, even when they try to break out. Dorothy is a high flyer from a middle class family, but her political sensibilities give her cause to protest. She becomes involved with both Hassan, the child of a powerful Muslim family who accidentally becomes embroiled with a terror organization, and Kamiri, a poor migrant who faces disablement and a potentially tragic future.

Author William Peace has created an incredibly emotive and powerful tour de force of literary fiction, bringing East Africa to life as the lives of three young people are changed forever. I particularly enjoyed the omniscient narration and the conceptual ‘voices’ that the author employs to exemplify the characters’ conflicts and their concepts of right versus wrong. The socioeconomic and political climate of Africa as a whole is very astutely described, lending itself to the plot but not overtaking or turning the whole tale into a commentary. Although the moral and social points are well made, the story is what comes forward through powerful descriptions and excellent narrative and dialogue skills. Overall, Achieving Superpersonhood: Three East African Lives is an accomplished work that comes highly recommended for readers who enjoy cultural exploration and emotive, character-driven tales.