Book Review

The girl with the Louding Voice

It is not enough that the main character Adunni will tug at your heartstrings and make you sympathize with the plight of the girl child in the novel, The Girl with the Louding Voice. Her father’s decision to marry her off to an old man in the village emphasizes the need to fight for the girl child who is vulnerable in a patriarchal society.

Adunni’s dreams of becoming a lawyer are hindered by her father’s poverty and mother’s demise and she is married off to an old man with 2 wives.

That Adunni is 14 years old does not deter the man who already can not take care of his two wives from pushing for the young wife to give him a baby.

The broken English serves to enhance the innocence of this girl who only wants to have a louding voice.

Her singing and close relationship with her brother kayus will tug at your heart and make you shed a tear for Adunni and especially for her brother.

The family unit is slowly disintegrating and the children again are at the centre of it.

Adunni is running away leaving her heartbroken brother behind and an enraged village pining for her blood.

Khadija is dead, Iya is dying, a slow painful death and Labake is going mad.

Despite the challenges that Adunni faces, she continues to fight and has a good sense of humor that makes you root for her all the way in the novel.

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Published by Cynthia K Abdallah

Cynthia Abdallah is a Kenyan author of the poetry chapbooks, My Six Little Fears, and The Author's Feet, and The Musunzu tree and other stories collection. Her work has appeared in numerous online magazines and in print. Poems: in The Tokyo Poetry Journal-Japan, Kwani Uchaguzi edition 8-Kenya, Ake review, Quailbell Magazine-USA, Bodies, and Scars anthology by Ghana Literary Journal. Short stories: Kalahari Review-Kenya, Nalubaale Review -Uganda, Active Muse-India, IHRAF, Women narratives on power USA, 2021. Cynthia also contributes to the Life and Style section of the Nation newspaper. and is also a filmmaker. Her films are streamed on shaharavideos.com Recent recognitions and awards Recipient of Jahazi Press inaugural Masterclass 2022 May-Aug . My Film, Inyumba Yu Mulogooli, was selected in the recent Kalasha International film and TV Market festival with screenings in Nairobi, Nakuru, Kisumu and Mombasa from June 10-26, 2022. Recipient of Filamu dada women empowerment opportunity by docubox.org., highlighting female leaders. EDUCATION Bachelor of Education degree ( Linguistics and Literature), Kenyatta University class of 2010 Fulbright scholar, Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, Brown University: 2012-2013 Currently: Teacher of Language and Literature and IB coordinator in Caracas, Venezuela.

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