Free Shipping In Australia
Currency:
AUD $ AUD
Guaranteed Christmas Delivery Has Ended | We can no longer guarantee arrival by December 25th
The Jive Talker By Samson Kambalu

The Jive Talker
by Samson Kambalu

In Stock
$13.99
+10% GST
He is 'the Jive Talker' of this extraordinary memoir - a man of thwarted ambition, boundless optimism and manic philosophising, he died of AIDS in 1995, bequeathing his son 'the Diptych' - an eclectic library of science, philosophy and English language classics - a passion for words and a boundless imagination.
6 in stock

The Jive Talker Summary


The Jive Talker: Or, How to get a British Passport by Samson Kambalu

Samson Kambalu's father wore three-piece, London-made suits from the Sixties. He'd planned to be a doctor but settled for hospital administration and a peripatetic lifestyle with his ever expanding family in tow. He is 'the Jive Talker' of this extraordinary memoir - a man of thwarted ambition, boundless optimism and manic philosophising, he died of AIDS in 1995, bequeathing his son 'the Diptych' - an eclectic library of science, philosophy and English language classics - a passion for words and a boundless imagination. In this completely original, often subversive, book, Samson Kambalu writes of his childhood in Malawi, a country few are able to pinpoint on a map. As the family moves from feast to real poverty and deprivation, and back to plenty again, depending on their father's professional fortunes, we are introduced to life in a country in which no dissent is tolerated, where political opponents are 'disappeared' and a portrait of Life President Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda is always guaranteed to be watching. But this is also a country in which a little boy obsessed with books, girls, Nietzsche, fashion, football and Michael Jackson wins a free education at the Kamuzu Academy ('The Eton of Africa') and grows up to be one of England's most promising young conceptual artists. With dazzling prose, wicked humour and not a little bit of artistic licence, The Jive Talker opens the door to an Africa that is rarely written about.

Why buy from World of Books

Our excellent value books literally don't cost the earth
Free delivery in Australia
Read more here
Every used book bought is one saved from landfill

The Jive Talker Reviews


"Samson Kambalu's "The Jive Talker" is one of the funniest books I've read in years -- the book of a born writer and a born comic, as distinct from a 'humorist' (save me) -- and it has its own peculiar wisdom, namely that nothing's what we're told it is, probably nothing is what we say it is either, and most importantly, nothing's sacred, least of all us. For every reader who's been bedazzled and disappointed by the 'pity-me' school of autobiographical writing, and every reader who's been jived to death, this book should be a life preserver of sanity in an upside-down world, a reorientation in how to avoid claptrap, self-pity and boorishness, and have a high, smart time doing it." -- Gary Indiana, author of "Do Everything in the Dark" and "The Schwarzenegger Syndrome"

About Samson Kambalu


SAMSON KAMBALU was born in Malawi in 1975. He holds degrees in Fine Art and Ethnomusicology and is the recipient of several awards for his work 'Holy Ball Exercises and Exorcisms'. He has exhibited as widely as the Liverpool Biennale and the World Cup.He lives with his wife in London.

Additional information

GOR001597021
The Jive Talker: Or, How to get a British Passport by Samson Kambalu
Samson Kambalu
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Vintage Publishing
2008-07-03
336
0224081063
9780224081061
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.