Author It is forbidden to copy anything for publication elsewhere without written permission from the copyright holder. Paperback: Detective Inspector Darko Dawson is sent from the Ghanaian capital, Accra, to the small town of Ketanu to investigate the murder of a young medical student, Gladys Mensah, who was volunteering for an AIDS outreach program in the area. the King) with her voice'. If the priest dies, the trokosi is passed on to his successor.
After a slow start, this story of murder, intimidation, and female slavery challenges Detective Inspector Darko Dawson to discover the murderer from a handful of suspects. Arrested the wrong man, antagonized the local police, beaten up a few people, and lost an innocent boy to suicide.
The main character is Darko Dawson, a police officer in Accra, Ghana. Kwei Quartey's book Wife of the Gods was available from LibraryThing Early Reviewers. Reviews | Beyond the Book | Like her predecessors of the 17th dynasty, Queen Ahmose-Nofretari was influential and highly honoured. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our. Perhaps this book also suffers from many first books in a series. Dr. Quartey's talent for description drew me into the story. I look forward to reading the series! There's a lot of potential going for this book and I hope that it will be fulfilled as the series continues. Spam Free: Your email is never shared with anyone; opt out any time. Highly recommended. The Child-Wives of the Gods. Before combat, warriors However, Darko also finds the case bringing him closer to home as he begins to suspect his aunt of lying about events both present and past.
Pearl's mother, Winnie Louie, has called Pearl up to request that Pearl ask her daughters to attend the engagement party of Pearl's cousin Bao-Bao in San Francisco. An original debut novel set in Ghana, is the story of Detective Inspector Darko Dawson, who is sent from the big city to the village of Ketanu to solve the murder of an accomplished young AIDS worker. Followers believe that the gods will punish sin by killing members of the offender's family. Other articles where God’s Wife of Amon is discussed: ancient Egypt: Ahmose: … was given the title of God’s Wife of Amon. Darko explores the motivations and secrets of the residents of Ketanu, and in addition to solving a recent murder, discovers the shocking truth about his own mother's disappearance. To Papa. I really enjoyed it and was happy to find out that the author has penned many more. 'No, thank you, Mr. Boateng,' I don't deserve water." would offer women to the war gods in exchange for victory and a safe homecoming. While there, he finds that the mystery overlaps with the disappearance of his mother many years ago from the same area.
I know next to nothing about Ghana and I learned a great deal. A sketch map of the crime scene is provided but readers would have benefited from a simple map of Ghana showing the cities and towns mentioned in the book (as Martin Stanley does in his books set in Botswana). "He stood in front of the crumpled house and watched people going about their daily business. This article relates to Wife of the Gods.
Darko Dawson's not keen on being sent out of Accra, Ghana, in this debut police procedural.
The priests are considered very powerful, able to communicate directly with the gods and spirits, and even capable of determining life and death. $39 for a year. Aug 2010, 336 pages, Book Reviewed by:Kim Kovacs keeping people from committing crimes. Picked this book at random. Become a Member and discover books that entertain, engage & enlighten. Running parallel to the murder investigation of Gladys is the story of Dawson. An edition of this book was published by Tantor Media.
In most cases, if she successfully escapes, or dies, another female child from the same family must replace her.
No current Talk conversations about this book. Trokosis are considered brides of the shrine's god, but in practice they are concubines and domestic slaves of the priest, and have no rights.
This aspect of the story was excellent. Title The trokosi tradition is part of the traditional fetish belief system, in which gods or spirits reside in ritual objects and in the shrine priests.
Unidentified God's Wife known from a statue from the temple of Hathor at Dendera. Other epithets include: 'causing hearts to be joyful', 'Sovereign Lady exalted with the Two Feathers', 'soothing her Lord (or Horus, i.e.
slaves and are known as trokosiviwo. United Nations An original debut novel set in Ghana, is the story of Detective Inspector Darko Dawson, who is sent from the big city to the village of Ketanu to solve the murder of an accomplished young AIDS worker. Darko is haunted by the memory of his mother who disappeared during a trip to Ketanu decades earlier and was never found. Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books. Wife of the Gods A Novel (Book) : Quartey, Kwei J. : An original debut novel set in Ghana, is the story of Detective Inspector Darko Dawson, who is sent from the big city to the village of Ketanu to solve the murder of an accomplished young AIDS worker. Reader Reviews. © BookBrowse LLC 1997-2020. What I liked the most was the immersion in the world. The Kitchen God's Wife opens with the narrative voice of Pearl Louie Brandt, the American-born daughter of a Chinese mother and a Chinese-American father, who is a speech therapist living in San Jose. Quartey gives us a wonderful sense of place, character, pacing, and a feel for what the people wear and eat. The girl, whose consent is not sought, will then serve the priest and shrine for three to five years or, if the crime is considered severe enough, for life. Photo detail: Juliana Dogbadzi, a former trokosi slave and recipient of the beliefs and traditional way of life. The practice was outlawed in Ghana in 1998, with a minimum sentence of three years in prison, and, due to the law and the work of advocates such as Juliana Dogbadzi, it is believed that the number of trokosi is declining. Agent Sonya: Moscow's Most Daring Wartime Spy. Copyright LibraryThing and/or members of LibraryThing, authors, publishers, libraries, cover designers, Amazon, Bol, Bruna, etc. Digital audiobook performed by Simon Prebble. Well told, well told and so accurately reflecting the Ghana I knew but with cell phones added. Master storyteller Ben Macintyre tells the true story behind the Cold War's most intrepid female spy. Maybe the book was too short. Aid groups such as International Needs Ghana (who freed Juliana Dogbadzi) are helping to free and rehabilitate trokosi, providing education and vocational training. I learned so much about the Ghanian culture in this book. Darko's own mother disappeared from this same village many years ago, and as the mystery unfolds, the reader meets a rich cast of characters, and learns about Trokosi, a system where young teenage girls are sent to live with fetish priests to bring good fortune to their families. You need to get the reader's interest while also setting the stage for following books in which characterization can deepen. The forest was black and Darko was afraid to enter. His wife, Christine, has to mediate between the two. World Wide Religious News An enthralling epic about two trailblazing female doctors in 19th century New York. Wife of the Gods refers to a practice in Ghana known as trokosi.. A trokosi is a young girl who is given to the village priest, also known as a fetish priest, to atone for a perceived sin committed by a family member; the custom is basically a form of sanctioned slavery. More information: I will always love you.
BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Her titles include God's Wife, King's Chief Wife, His Beloved, and Mistress of the Two Lands. A trokosi is a young girl who is given to the village priest, also known as a fetish priest, to atone for a perceived sin committed by a family member; the custom is basically a form of sanctioned slavery.
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