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The Wicked Walk
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Nancy slaps palms with her friends and laughs a lot. She wears bell-bottom pants which swing when she walks through Uhuru Gardens. Nancy will finish secondary school this year, but she doesnít really know what will happen to her after that. Deo reads seriously, but he also spends many evenings in bars. He works in a factory laboratory, where his Form VI education elevates him above the other workers. He knows that there are some ëbig mení who live off the sweat of the others at the factory; it isnít right, but what does a lone youth do about it? Deo also wants to marry Nancy. Magege, the manager of 'Mountain Goat Rubber Factory', has the means to fulfill all his personal wantsñincluding his taste for young girls. Nancyís mother, Maria, has no private means except selling her own body and her dream of a better life for her daughter. The Wicked Walk swirls around the lives of these four, set on a backdrop of workersí struggles and the rhythm of Dar es Salaam as city dwellers, and especially youths, know it. In this searingly honest, and at times poignant, novel the author raises important questions about the position of women in society, the causes of prostitution, corrupt and inefficient managers, and the groupings of youth who struggle towards ideological clarity as they attempt to understand their society.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page
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  1. Copyright page
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Part One: Sugar
  2. p. 1
  1. Maria
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Nancy
  2. pp. 17-36
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  1. Sugar on the Streets
  2. pp. 37-52
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  1. Part Two: Sugarcane Interwoven
  2. p. 53
  1. Deo
  2. pp. 53-72
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  1. Labyrinths
  2. pp. 73-87
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  1. Part Three: Fire
  2. p. 88
  1. Flames
  2. pp. 88-99
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  1. Mournes
  2. pp. 100-108
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  1. Back cover
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