Kid Moses

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Set in Tanzania this atmospheric novel finds Moses wandering through the remote East African wilderness lost, hungry, and about to die. He is nine years old, a homeless street kid from the port city Dar es Salaam, and he has just buried his best friend. Attempting to flee the city violence and coaxed by the memory of his dead father, who dreamed of returning with him to the rural farm lands, Moses and his friend Kioso accept a ride from a disturbed stranger: a decision that eventually separates the boys. ...

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Overview

Set in Tanzania this atmospheric novel finds Moses wandering through the remote East African wilderness lost, hungry, and about to die. He is nine years old, a homeless street kid from the port city Dar es Salaam, and he has just buried his best friend. Attempting to flee the city violence and coaxed by the memory of his dead father, who dreamed of returning with him to the rural farm lands, Moses and his friend Kioso accept a ride from a disturbed stranger: a decision that eventually separates the boys. Searching for his lost companion, Moses journeys to the regiments of a rural orphanage and finally to the hallucinatory state of starvation as he curls under a tree in a dry wilderness to give up, but an unlikely cast of characters—the prostitute Grace; the shop owner Mama Tesha; the crippled fruit vendor; and the Ndorobo hunter-gatherer, Toroye—saves Moses from certain death, shelters him, and exposes him to a way of life and value system different from anything he has ever known. A stirring novel that juxtaposes urban homelessness with societies found in the wild, this work reminds readers that even amid places of violence and indifference, human compassion can be found.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781431402656
  • Publisher: Jacana Media
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark R. Thornton is an internationally respected wilderness safari guide and conservationist with more than 15 years of experience. He has also contributed to Africa Geographic magazine and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    A very interesting novel that held my interest from the start.

    A very interesting novel that held my interest from the start. I had a hard time putting it down. Congratulations to Mark Thorton on a terrific first novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    A Great Read

    The reader follows this spunky, independent little "kid" on his adventures, fraught with surprises - good and evil - around every corner. Every character is vibrant and "alive" and we follow along as if on a current that we cannot resist. We want to know what happens to Moses and all his friends as well as to those who threaten him; so we don't want to put the bookmark in, impatient for the conclusion. But, is there a conclusion? Now we hope for a sequel so we can rejoin our little friend.

    A must for anyone who has visited, or is contemplating a visit to Sub-Sahara Africa; but even for those without interest in Africa, or in street children, this book is a wonderful "read".

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