A Call at Midnight
A Call at Midnight documents the atrocities of Idi Amin’s henchmen in Uganda in the 1970’s through the family of Emmanuel and June Begembe and life in exile in Kenya. There are two major storylines: the one that follows the rise of June alias Eseza from a refugee status through to a business woman, her remarriage on return to Uganda after the fall of Idi Amin; and the second which has followed the trials and tribulations of the abandoned Ruth Atieno and her three children, who is finally summoned as Solomon lies dying at the Nairobi Hospital.
Several themes are explored in detail in the text, among them despotic political leadership that leads to corruption, smuggling, torture, mayhem and death; monogamy versus polygamy, poverty versus wealth, Africa versus Euro-Western traditions, changing gender roles in the society, marriage and divorce and education, morals and ethics among others.
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