The Bad Samaritan
194 Pages
English
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194 Pages
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The Bad Samaritan is set in a kleptomaniac and highly corrupt imaginary African country called Ewawa. Due to mismanagement, financial institutions collapse. Salaries are slashed and there is unprecedented unemployment leading to country exodus. Professor Esole and his wife are not only aggrieved by the salary slashes, but also by the dubious closure of the Post Office Savings Bank with their savings. Desperate for money, they resort to borrowing from private sources at exorbitant interest rates. Esole toddles into politics with the aim of righting things. Will his na�ve approach to politics make or mar?

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Published 15 October 2009
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EAN13 9789956716333
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The Bad Samaritan
Charles Alobwed’Epie
LangaaResearch & Publishing CIG Mankon,Bamenda
Publisher: LangaaRPCIG Langaa Research & Publishing Common Initiative Group P.O. Box 902 Mankon Bamenda North West Region Cameroon Langaagrp@gmail.com www.langaa-rpcig.net
Distributed outside N. America by African Books Collective orders@africanbookscollective.com www.africanbookscollective.com
Distributed in N. America by Michigan State University Press msupress@msu.edu www.msupress.msu.edu
ISBN: 9956-558-71-0
© Charles Alobwed’Epie 2009
DISCLAIMER The names, characters, places and incidents in this book are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Accordingly, any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely one of incredible coincidence.
The Bad Samaritan
Contents
Chapter One ............................................................................. 1
Chapter Two ............................................................................. 5 Chapter Three ....................................................................... 11 Chapter Four .......................................................................... 15
Chapter Five .......................................................................... 23 Chapter Six ............................................................................ 27 Chapter Seven ....................................................................... 31
Chapter Eight ........................................................................ 35 Chapter Nine ......................................................................... 39 Chapter Ten ........................................................................... 47
Chapter Eleven ..................................................................... 51 Chapter Twelve ..................................................................... 55 Chapter Thirteen ................................................................... 59
Chapter Fourteen .................................................................. 63 Chapter Fifteen ..................................................................... 67 Chapter Sixteen ..................................................................... 73
Chapter Seventeen ............................................................... 77 Chapter Eighteen .................................................................. 91 Chapter Nineteen ................................................................. 97
Chapter Twenty ................................................................... 103
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Chapter Twenty One ......................................................... 109 Chapter Twenty Two ......................................................... 113 Chapter Twenty Three ....................................................... 117
Chapter Twenty Four ......................................................... 125 Chapter Twenty Five ......................................................... 129 Chapter Twenty Six ............................................................ 133
Chapter Twenty Seven ....................................................... 139 Chapter Twenty Eight ....................................................... 145 Chapter Twenty Nine ......................................................... 153 Chapter Thirty ..................................................................... 157 Chapter Thirty One ............................................................ 159 Chapter Thirty Two ............................................................ 167 Chapter Thirty Three ......................................................... 173 Chapter Thirty Four ........................................................... 179
The Bad Samaritan
Chapter One
rd n 23 November 2000, Esole received a letter like toOstay with them. He was so stunned by the letter that from his daughter in London telling him she was coming home for a month’s holiday and would he gave it to his wife to read and tell him what she thought about it. “What are you surprised about? She just wants that we create space for her. Did you think she would come and embarrass us as people from the village do by dropping in as storm falls and not wind falls?” she asked. “If that is what the letter means to you, it has rung a bell in me. My daughter is my daughter and there is always space for her in my house.” “Your brothers and your sisters are your brothers and your sisters and there is always space for them in your house whether they inform you of their coming or not,” she retorted. “OK, Ok. I don’t want us to spit at each other.” “What is your programme this morning? I want you to accompany me to Express Union. She has sent money which she says she is going to use when she comes. She does not want to depend on us for feeding and recreation.” “And she sent the money to you?” “Yes.” “OK, I shall take you to Express Union whenever you are ready.” They went to Express Union and got the money and as they were about to get into the car, Esole stretched his hand to get the money from his wife.
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“You see, I don’t think our daughter would feel comfortable if she heard that her money was in your keeping. She would feel you would like to borrow it and play a cat and mouse game with it when you would be required to pay it back. In fact I promised I would put the money in my account in the Post Office Savings Bank (POSB). So take me to the bank.” He took her to the POSB and after saving the money he dropped her at her jobsite. He returned to his office with a slight headache. Fortunately before untoward thoughts took the better of him, a friend came and their conversation made him forget his ordeal of the morning. After work, several things crisscrossed his mind. He thought he would leave the reception of their daughter with his wife. She would have to create the space she and her daughter were asking for in the house, organize the parties and do a thousand other things a loving daughter would require in the course of a month’s holiday. He returned with a bumpy face, a face ravaged by anger and self reproach but feigned a smile at her when she came in bustling with delight that evening. She made several shuttles to the children’s rooms and guest room. Her brisk movements told it all. She was in a state of ecstasy. Several times, he tried to vent his disgust at what he thought was a usurpation of his right to organize the house as it should be, but held back for courtesy sake. “I prefer to arrange the boy’s room. Come and see. It is smaller, dirtier and more manageable. Since we shall have to paint the room, we better take the one that is dirty. Secondly, the boys will be better managed sleeping in the parlour than the girls.” Esole kept quiet as the storm in him reached gale level. “Why are you so quiet? Are you not happy that the girl is coming home? Aren’t you happy that she has completed her Masters with distinction and she is coming for a holiday? You look withdrawn.”
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