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Reviewed by Essien Asian for Readers' Favorite
Taken in by generous parents as an infant, Jude gets the best education and love any naturally conceived child could hope for from his parents but, despite that, there are still signs of racism directed at him at his workplace. He takes this in his stride. The loss of his good friend to an unforeseen ailment is the trigger that Jude needs to go out into the world and fulfill his long-held ambition of visiting the graves of his childhood heroes. This leads him across the Atlantic to a rustic community in Kenya where he discovers adventure awaits him in Place Of Cool Waters by Ndirangu Githaiga
Ndirangu Githaiga uses a highly descriptive writing style to bring this book to life from the start. Every little detail is given attention, from the interesting Kenyan names used for the transport services to the uncomplimentary monikers associated with immigrants in that beautiful country. It is both refreshing and amusing following Jude as he tries to make his way by himself in a strange city, his naivete being expertly exploited with the Samosa incident. The pace of the story is sedate despite some of its dangerous incidents, giving the storyline an authentic African laid-back approach to all things concerning the continent. Place Of Cool Waters is an interesting novel filled with unique characters guaranteed to pique the interest of any reader as it did mine, a one-of-a-kind story laced with rich historical information. I truly enjoyed reading it.