Before the Rooster Crows

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East African Educational Publishers, 2007 M06 6 - 188 pages

This is the story of Muriuki, a young man from a Kenyan village who leaves him home and back-breaking job on a coffee plantation for the city, to pursue wealth, and happiness with his childhood sweetheart Mumbi. But life is not straightforward for the young lovers who become steeped in the quagmire of Kenyan politics, and are confronted with the sophistication of a new world, its economic hardships and brutality, and the racism and persistent inequities of the post-colonial and global society. Then Mumbi is murdered on account of her activism and race, in lineage with so many of her country's historical and fictional female activists. Muriuki avenges her death in a controversial act which reverberates historically and throughout the society in which he lives. But then he experiences betrayal by his own people, which changes him irrevocably.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
1
CHAPTER TWO
8
CHAPTER THREE
15
CHAPTER FOUR
19
CHAPTER FIVE
28
CHAPTER SIX
33
CHAPTER SEVEN
41
CHAPTER EIGHT
48
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
97
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
105
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
118
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
130
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
137
CHAPTER NINETEEN
144
CHAPTER TWENTY
150
CHAPTER TWENTY ONE
156

CHAPTER NINE
54
CHAPTER TEN
64
CHAPTER ELEVEN
71
CHAPTER TWELVE
79
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
93
CHAPTER TWENTY TWO
165
CHAPTER TWENTY THREE
173
Back cover
175
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