Son of the Native Soil

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Son of the Native Soil is a work whose quiet maturity glows in both subject and style. Here, love heals but the force of hate is very real. The hero, Lucas Achamba, by charisma and love undertakes to unite Dudum clan which politicking and egotism have split. His quick success stirs bitter rivalry and heartless cruelty that decide his fate. Nature is jumpy and even hysterical at this, and Ambanasom exposes it with fine evocative mastery. The style is refined and honeyed by sonal devices and visual tropes that half conceal subtle slashes at human foibles.

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Published 15 August 2009
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EAN13 9789956716319
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Shadrach A. Ambanasom Son of the Native Soil
Son of the Native Soil
Shadrach A. Ambanasom
LangaaResearch & Publishing CIG Mankon,Bamenda
Publisher: Langaa RPCIG 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338
© Shadrach A. Ambanasom 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.
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Contents
Dedication ............................................................................ vii Preface to the Third Edition ................................................. ix Introduction ........................................................................... 1
Part One Chapter One ......................................................................................... 9 Chapter Two ....................................................................................... 13 Chapter Three .................................................................................... 19 Chapter Four ....................................................................................... 27 Chapter Five ....................................................................................... 35 Chapter Six ......................................................................................... 43 Chapter Seven .................................................................................... 49 Chapter Eight ..................................................................................... 57 Chapter Nine ...................................................................................... 65 Chapter Ten ........................................................................................ 71 Chapter Eleven .................................................................................. 77 Chapter Twelve .................................................................................. 85 Chapter Thirteen ................................................................................ 97 Chapter Fourteen ............................................................................. 101 Chapter Fifteen ................................................................................ 109
Part Two Chapter Sixteen ................................................................................ 119 Chapter Seventeen .......................................................................... 133 Chapter Eighteen ............................................................................. 143 Chapter Nineteen ............................................................................ 153 Chapter Twenty ................................................................................ 159 Chapter Twenty-One ...................................................................... 165 Chapter Twenty-Two ...................................................................... 175 Chapter Twenty-Three .................................................................... 183
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Part Three Chapter Twenty-Four ...................................................................... 195 Chapter Twenty-Five ...................................................................... 209 Chapter Twenty-Six ......................................................................... 217 Chapter Twenty-Seven ................................................................... 229 Chapter Twenty-Eight .................................................................... 241 Chapter Twenty-Nine ..................................................................... 265
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Dedication
To the loving memory of Bernard Ambanasom, a son whose precocious love for the soil inspired the father.
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Preface to the Third Edition he author of a novel published less than a decade ago T owes the reading public a little explanation when the text is already running into its third edition. First published by Patron Publishing House, Bamenda, in 1999,Son of the Native Soil was published in its revised form in 2006 by Unique Printers, Bamenda. Some may well wonder what event of ‘earthquake’ proportion could have warranted another edition so soon in 2007. The reason is simple. When in 2006 the Cameroon G.C.E Board chosethe NativeSon of Soilthe new African literature text for the Ordinary Level as Examination, some ill-intentioned and grubby Cameroonians thought an opportunity had come for them to make easy money. They began to reap where they had not sown. Before I had even received my own official consignment of the books, illegal copies of the revised edition were already in circulation in the country, and selling below the market price, inflicting on me untold psychological pain and causing me a great deal of material and financial losses as I struggled, through cumbersome litigation and the narration of the law, to combat the illegal sale of my book. The third edition is thus motivated by my desire to protect the quality of the consumers’ product and to make its price more affordable than before. I have also availed myself of the opportunity of a third edition to expunge from the text some detectable blemishes. But, above all, the third edition has been prompted by the wish to provide the text with a good and much-needed introduction, generously furnished here by Edward A. Ayugho, the current President of ELTS North West and Vice-President of CAMELTA. This third edition can therefore enjoy the status of the authoritative, definitive version of the text.
Shadrach A. Ambanasom Bambili – Bamenda, Cameroon
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