God and the gods by Genesis Yengoh

When a gruff young policeman asks to see what’s in his pouch, traditional medicine man, Mforme Tata, responds,  “It is not something you want to see… So are you sure I should open this package?”  Brace yourselves, readers: “when traditional values that have been held, respected and unquestioned for several generations are mixed with the complacency and stupidity of of modern rationalism in the contemporary world, the outcomes can be disastrous.”  Genesis Yengoh’s story centers around the dramatic coming-together of old and new in the lives of Nseimboh Ngoske and Tayang Emmanuel Tifu.  As Nseimboh, the favorite and eldest son of Elias and Lydia Ngoske, moves steadily up the civil service ranks, his family enlists traditional practices for protection.  Meanwhile, Nseimboh’s uncle, Tayang, himself initiated into the high ranks of a secret traditionalist society, decides not to bring his twelve year old son forward for initiation.  Both men reap the consequences of their actions, as do other members of the family.  Mixed with beautiful renderings of landscape and dress, as well as hospitality and village life, Yengoh’s probe into Cameroonian culture is shocking and at times brutal.    
Genesis Yengoh

Author: marilivtollefson

I teach and play violin when not reading and reviewing books. Thanks to indie authors for opening my world and sharing theirs! Find my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Kobo, Midwest Book Review and BookPage, among others.

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