Our Kind of People by Uzodinma Iweala – review

Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 18:30 in Mathematics & Economics

The much-feted novelist Uzodinma Iweala's non-fiction account of Aids in Africa is not entirely successfulUzodinma Iweala's startling talent erupted five years ago when, aged 24, he joined the ranks of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. His debut, Beasts of No Nation, about child soldiers in west Africa, has been translated into 11 languages and showered with prizes.Washington-born Iweala is the son of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Nigerian finance minister who recently made a failed bid to become the first African head of the World Bank. He is also a doctor and his new book, years in the writing, is an attempt to explain why Aids has hit Africa so much harder than anywhere else.Our Kind of People proves a disappointing switch to non-fiction. While Iweala poses many pertinent questions about Aids and Africa, most notably the way this relationship is defined from outside, he fails to provide answers beyond the anecdotal....

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