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The Chameleon Goes Home

The Chameleon Goes Home

A dramatic account of the impact of Western culture on Africans, The Chameleon Goes Home tells the story of a young American university graduate, Kimble Pin. Tired of his native California, he goes to Africa to savor its supposed pleasantry and wealth. Arriving in a village called Jaru in the 1940s, he soon attempts to change the natives’ entire culture. Wary at first, he marries the beautiful Bora, a daughter of the soil, and builds a school and a church, but his actions become irritating and disrespectful. This breeds tension between him and the elders on the one hand, and between the young and elderly, on the other. He succeeds in destabilizing the local community, but the consequences come back to ruin him and his entire family. Yet the heaviest blow awaits him on his return to California. This tale explores the judgments and aspersions passed by colonialists on inhabitants of the black lands, but the writers do not promote xenophobia. The Chameleon Goes Home explores corroding cultures, traditions, and communications in an African setting. Though all characters, events, and places are fictional, their story reflects those of real people and real issues.

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