A Brush with Chaos

A Brush with Chaos

Genre: 
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Pages: 
290
£10.99
ISBN:
9781786298997

Karl and Anna consider themselves to be veterans of Africa, having spent three years teaching in Uganda during the brutal despotic rule of Idi Amin Dada.
In this semi-autobiographical novel set in the 1970s, they take a teaching post in Nigeria, with the promise of adventure, a high wage, affordable help and the allure of the African pace of life. Were they brave or foolhardy? Perhaps a bit of both. Before leaving, Karl receives a letter from an old friend with the warning to ‘Remember, Nigeria is not Uganda,' which he elects to withhold from Anna who is pregnant with their first child.
Living in a remote area of central Nigeria, in a house without electricity and running water, they both need and find the resilience to help them cope with their struggles with culture shock, maladministration, chaos, apathy, violence and bribery, interspersed with moments of humour, happiness and joy.

Ken Melber

Ken
Melber


Ken Melber is an artist and writer. He worked in education all his life, eventually becoming headmaster of a prep school in the UK. Teaching took him to Uganda, Malawi, Nigeria and the USA and gave him some serious and memorable adventures. He and his wife now live in Yorkshire.

Reviews

by
John Richardson
5
A well written story giving a revealing insight into Nigeria, not altogether a comfortable one for the uninitiated. The narrative is always gripping and demonstrates the author's wonderful (if at times cynical ) ex-patriot understanding of the people of Africa, bringing it home to the reader through a rich use of the English language. The overriding impression for me was one of admiration for Anna. Her determination with her new born baby to live through and survive this seemingly ill-researched adventure of Karl's is amazing. Karl's enthusiasm for life manifests itself throughout and his never ending optimism makes the whole book an uplifting read.
by
Steve Lenz
5
I am not one who reads a lot of books, however, A Brush With Chaos, pulled me in and would not let go until I finished it. It is a great story with a style that puts you in the back seat of their travels where you sense the dampness and scents in the air. While quite enjoyable the experiences are very scary as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
by
Betty Austin
5
A Brush with Chaos by Ken Melber takes you away to an unbelievable Nigeria and the adventures of two young Brits in a land no one or nothing had prepared them for and experiences no one wants to endure, yet is a fun fine read, an education to the reader as well as to the couple involved. That they survived is miraculous. This is a book well worth your time reading and a sure escape from present mundane reality.

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