East Africa, 1905. An ancient Maasai legend rests on an infant girl orphaned by a smallpox epidemic. Rebeka, adopted by German missionaries, is trapped between two cultures with a burden she cannot bear--the legend's fulfillment that she alone inherits. Around her swirl the events of the early twentieth centure: a massive rebellion, a world war, and the transfer of her country from German to British control. Rebeka's responsibility to the legend is ultimately decided by a landmark case in His Majesty's Court where German missionaries, an Italian exile, British colonials, and tribal costums clash.
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Where Lions Still Roar based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is a portrait of the early 20th century in what is now Tanzania. I identified with the characters and their struggles against the climate, disease, and most of all the First World War. The author uses a light, sympathetic touch to show the foibles of colonials and missionaries, as well as the 'differentness' of tribal customs and practices. This is one of the best books I've read.