Bittersweet; the pain and joy of being ~ Elizabeth Orchadson Mazrui

20 Mar

This will undoubtedly be the book I took longest to ever finish. Almost two years to be exact. Then again you cannot read poetry like you read prose, you need each poem to sink in, bed time is a good time or early morning. I prefer reading in the morning in the evening I tend to zone out quickly and start dozing.

So the book, yes, I have a couple of posts excerpts derived from it, here and here.

The pain and joy of being, it brings to mind two conflicting notions in your head like the yin and yang. But isn’t life so? A wandering journey through many unlike and unexpected things?

Elizabeth an art professor at Kenyatta University has a simple way of bringing across the message. Which makes the reading all the more enjoyable, yes there is the literal and figurative messages, but even with those ones you don’t need to knock your head as you try to crack the message.

Elizabeth talks about Love, Affairs, Loving the unavailable one, Heartbreaks, Nature, Africa, Motherhood, Womanhood. I think I loved the book all the more because I find it easy to identify with the themes brought in the book, well except womanhood haha (but you don’t have to be something to identify with it ey).

When I say I identify here is a verse in the pursuing the unavailable person No You have turned me Into a beggar of emotions Begging for your time Begging for your love Unreciprocated time after time If you have been in such a situation like I have, you read that verse and think, “damn Elizabeth do you read peoples lives?”. I will bet you if you get a copy you will find so many “that is me” situations throughout the book.

The book is available on the university of Nairobi bookshop UNES. I could not find a copy on either  bookpoint or textbook centre. It will prove a good leisure read if you do love poetry and the way it paints the world in words. See what I did there :roll:.


Posted by on March 20, 2015 in Books, Review, Stories


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4 responses to “Bittersweet; the pain and joy of being ~ Elizabeth Orchadson Mazrui

  1. savvy08

    March 20, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Would love to read it, looks like I can relate a lot! Keep the printed copy safe in case I ever need to borrow it

    • mackel9

      March 20, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      I don’t share my books, I exchange :-). So I hope you will have something for me too quid pro quo… But sure you can borrow. I hope nobody decides to borrow it and not return in the mean time.

      • savvy08

        March 22, 2015 at 3:23 pm

        So many people have borrowed my books and never return them, once you agree to lend out a book you are risking not getting it back. But I am all for exchanging, will get you something worth it.

      • mackel9

        March 22, 2015 at 4:35 pm

        Awesome 🙂


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