KENNY by E. Harper Johnson


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The story of Kenny, the son of an American Negro engineer who returns to the land of his ancestors to work on an airfield near Kampala in Uganda, is promising in little more than the face value of its subject matter. Despite the setting, despite the fact that Kenny makes firm friends with a native boy and has a harrowing trip through a very real forest, both dialogue and episodes have been written as if to impress readers with its earnestness and the conversation seems stilted and careful. Though Kenny emerges with the realization that Africa is a growing place, he listens to parrotted words and it is difficult, in the last analysis, to be left with anything more than a dull impression of the dark continent.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1957
Publisher: Holt