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Author:
Philip Spires
ISBN13:
978-1905988075
ISBN:
1905988079
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Publisher:
libros international (March 20, 2007)
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Subcategory:
Dramas & Plays
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1809 kb
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1984 kb
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Rating:
4.4
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390

Title Page MISSION By Philip Spires Publisher Information Mission published in 2010 by Andrews UK Limited ww. ndrewsuk. com This book is sold subject to the condition.

Title Page MISSION By Philip Spires Publisher Information Mission published in 2010 by Andrews UK Limited ww. Publisher Information. Mission published in 2010 by. Andrews UK Limited. This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, resold, hired out or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior written consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published, and without a similar condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.

Read Mission, by Philip Spires online on Bookmate – Michael, a missionary priest in Kenya, has just killed Munyasya, a retired army officer. It might have been an accident, but Mulonzya, a politicia. Michael, a missionary priest in Kenya, has just killed Munyasya, a retired army officer.

John Mwangangi is an idealist. He turns his back on a successful legal career in London to return to his home in Migwani, a small, poor town in eastern Kenya.

Donald, nicknamed Donkey, is an internet Quixote, bent on doing good works. John Mwangangi is an idealist.

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Mission is an African novel set in Kenya. It might have been an accident, but Mulonzya, a politician resentful of the power of foreign churches, tries to exploit the tragedy for his own ends. Boniface, a young church worker, and his wife, Josephine, have just lost their child. They did not make it to the hospital in time, possibly because Michael made a detour to retrieve a letter from the Mission, a letter from Janet, a former volunteer teacher who was the priest's neighbour for two years.

The missionary priest, in Kenya, has done something unforgivable (or has he?) and the villagers will get him. The reader is taken on a journey into the lives of the characters and learns how each one fits and views the unfortunate event

The missionary priest, in Kenya, has done something unforgivable (or has he?) and the villagers will get him. The reader is taken on a journey into the lives of the characters and learns how each one fits and views the unfortunate event. This is thankfully not the end of the role for the priest. His mission continues in London and the story is as interesting as before. To me the book is about points of view: the same event seems so different depending whose eyes one is looking through. The different maps that people have of their worlds are.

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Philip Spires is the author of five books. Two African novels, A Fool's Knot and Mission are set in Kenya. Diamond Level Expert Author. Joined EzineArticles on Jul 17, 2007. Both are set in Kitui and feature the same characters.

Michael, a missionary priest in Kenya, has just killed Munyasya, a retired army officer.

Read the book Mission by philipspires. Michael, a missionary priest in Kenya, has just killed Munyasya, a retired army officer Read the book free on Booksie. It is the old and now dying man Munyasya who has the last laugh, however, when he reveals that he was probably in control of events all along.

Michael, a missionary priest in Kenya, has just killed Munyasya, a retired army officer. It might have been an accident, but Mulonzya, a politician resentful of the power of foreign churches, tries to exploit the tragedy for his own ends. Boniface, a young church worker, and his wife, Josephine, have just lost their child. They did not make it to the hospital in time, possibly because Michael made a detour to retrieve a letter from the Mission, a letter from Janet, a former volunteer teacher who was the priest's neighbour for two years. It is Munyasya who has the last laugh, however, when he reveals that he was probably in control of events all along. Thirty years on, the same characters find their lives still influenced by his memory.
  • If you enjoyed Paul Scott's The Raj Quartet, I suspect that you'll like this book too. The Jewel in the Crown was about a lot of things, but essentially a [...] and how that affects a number of interlinked individuals. Mission covers a great deal in 1970s Kenya, but is essentially about a death and how the lives of several people are entwined. The writing style is similar, too. Another author Spires favourably reminds me of is Louis Bromfield, especially his classic The Rains Came.

    The man killed is Munyasya, a retired army officer who devoted his life to his colonial masters. The book is divided into five sections, related from the viewpoints of Michael, Mulonzya, Janet, Boniface and Munyasya. Time shifts from the instant of the death to the past and also forward to the present, showing the incident's repercussions. As Michael says, some thirty years later, `Sometimes things happen to you in life which are so momentous, so mind-blowing, that you never forget them. You live with them forever, vivid and clear in your mind. It's as if you can relive them moment-by-moment.'

    We begin with the death. Father Michael, a mission priest, accidentally drives his vehicle over the ageing Munyasa, who is a derelict and a drunk. Yet the old man's demise galvanizes the local politician James Mulonzya into making political capital from the tragedy. Father Michael's blooding occurred earlier in Biafra, and his quite shocking memories are powerfully described. Now, officiating in the village of Migwani, he strives to do good and has a dedicated helper, Boniface. Michael finds himself in conflict with many folk who prefer the `old ways' and is openly accused by Mulonzya of politicising school lessons. Michael is a staunch friend of Janet Rowlandson, a volunteer working there for two years.

    James Mulonzya is not only at loggerheads with Father Michael. He is against the efforts of John Mwangangi, who has returned from UK to his homeland to improve the lot of Migwani farmers. John has a wife, Lesley, who prefers the city life of Nairobi rather than that of the village. John's problems are manifold: he becomes distant to his wife, he is too absorbed in the village project, and he cannot easily get on with his old father, Musyoka, with tragic consequences.

    We meet Janet thirty years after the death of old Munyasa when she is a headmistress of a girls' school in London and by chance she encounters someone from her past, a past that is not buried far beneath the surface because of what she witnessed. While in Kenya, she embarked on an affair with John Mwangangi, but it was destined to end when her two years were up... Here, in Janet's school life we are treated to some wonderful one-liners - `... middle class families who could do without patronising advice about their diet from a politician with certainly questionable morals.' And a truism: `... knowing a language was not the same as teaching it...' The mannered meal with guests and her family is splendidly done, with telling flashbacks and surprises and a marvellous put-down for her husband, David.

    Boniface showed much promise as a young man and was destined for the church. Unfortunately, he allowed hubris to dominate him and fell foul of his father who had scrimped and saved to further Boniface's education. The family rift was merely the beginning, however, as Boniface becomes involved with Josephine. Later, Boniface and Josephine are beholden to Father Michael for giving blood that saved their child's life. Fate decrees otherwise, however, as the child later becomes ill and Michael makes an abortive mad dash to the hospital.

    Munyasya gained his education and experience from the King's African Rifles. A respected officer in his day, he was ousted when Kenya gained independence. He was seen as a traitor to his people, more interested in adopting a European name and lifestyle. Single and without issue, he descended into a schizophrenic life where his dead stepfather talked to him and he mumbled back incomprehensively. He developed the habit of tying pieces of string to his thumb as reminders of things he'd never remember, then the string seemed to be a part of him, at times sloughed off and renewed like a snake's skin. `It was a fool trying to untie another fool's knot.' This phrase is echoed in the title of Spires's second novel, A Fool's Knot, which examines in more detail the life and death of John Mwangangi. At this point we discover the real reason why Munyasya died under the wheels of Father Michael's car.

    Despite the events being trodden over by several people, there's always something fresh to discover, a new insight into a character, a shocking revelation, and even though you think you know everything already, you read on, wanting to understand the individuals and their inner worlds, and still learn more.

    The narrative is coloured by the sights and smells of a small town in Africa, the petty tribal disagreements and the long-lasting resentment of past ignominies under colonial rule. It is not a light read, but it is rewarding. It's obvious that these characters lived with Spires for several years, he knows them so well, and by the end of the book, we do too. A memorable and quite remarkable book.

  • It's hard to believe that this is a debut novel. The writer Phillip Spires is a master at his craft and after buying the book I visited his website searching for more titles but alas found none.
    The book is a compelling, beautiful read, set in Africa detailing a story from the eyes of different characters. The description of Africa gives "a beam me up Scotty" effect and at times you feel you are almost walking the dusty roads with a searing sun on your back. The characters are no less impressive, I particularly warmed to several of them.
    A long read, not your average 'beach holiday read' but certainly worthwhile and rewarding.

  • Mission" by Philip Spires
    Reviewed by CL Grant

    The missionary priest, in Kenya, has done something unforgivable (or has he?) and the villagers will get him. The reader is taken on a journey into the lives of the characters and learns how each one fits and views the unfortunate event. This is thankfully not the end of the role for the priest. His mission continues in London and the story is as interesting as before.

    To me the book is about points of view: the same event seems so different depending whose eyes one is looking through. The different maps that people have of their worlds are colorfully painted and this opens up new worlds to the reader. The link between the ancestral spirit and the old man in the last chapter draws sympathy
    and gives some understanding of this spirituality.

    I like how, in the end, things are not quite what they first seemed.

    If you want to experience the places written about here, read this book. If you are interested in different cultures, read it too. There is much to enjoy and much insight to be gained from it.

    One has to pay close attention as this is not a linear progressive story. It is a very interesting and delightfully challenging read. Highly recommended.

  • This is a beautifully crafted book, rich in sensuous language evoking a flavour of Africa. The structure of the book is most unusual, with events, past and present, revolving around one particular episode. It is a story that holds you, envelops you, until the very last page. The characterisation is truly masterful. The plot intriguing. This is not a light, something and nothing, beach read, it has a depth and atmosphere that only a truly talented author can create. It is a classic and it is certainly one of my all time favourite books. I shall be most disappointed if this book doesn't win one of the prizes for literature.

  • A fine story set in beautiful Kenya, colorful and filled with mystery, intrigue, and twists. The characters are real as is their perceptions when seen through their eyes. A magnigicent story set in magnificent locale.