As if these were not enough, pressure has also mounted on him from his superiors who want to see results. Lacking arms and ammunition, and unable to communicate effectively with other fighters, Haraka and his men have difficulty in keeping the Mau Mau principles alive in the younger generation. This eventually leads to the ruin of the group after Haraka falls sick. The hunters close in on Haraka and his men, who are given a deadline to surrender.
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As if these were not enough, pressure has also mounted on him from his superiors who want to see results. Lacking arms and ammunition, and unable to communicate effectively with other fighters, Haraka and his men have difficulty in keeping the Mau Mau principles alive in the younger generation. This eventually leads to the ruin of the group after Haraka falls sick.
The hunters close in on Haraka and his men, who are given a deadline to surrender. After Haraka is shot, Kimamo his favorite among the fighters takes charge. At this time Haraka is already disillusioned because of the lack of support from other group of fighters and he concludes that his are the only fighters left. In spite of the odds, Haraka has this unquenchable thirst to kill Kahuru, the new village chief. This turns out to be the final straw for the group as most of them either desert or get killed.
Ultimately, Kimamo pays with his life for failing to kill the chief. Mwangi explains in detail the origin of the Mau Mau revolution, and how the owners came to become the hunted, and the settlers came to become the hunters.
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Carcase for Hounds
To ask other readers questions about Carcase for Houndsplease sign up. See 1 question about Carcase for Hounds…. Balogun, who has been making films for more than three decades, is part of the first generation of Nigerian filmmakers. Carcase for Hounds General Haraka comes to realize how the weather has changed despite his illness.
Carcase for hounds
The novel concerns the Mau Mau liberation struggle during the latter days of British colonial rule and attempts, by the actions of the main protagonists, to show how Mau Mau was organized and why it took so long for the colonial government to defeat them. The novel was also adapted into a movie by Ola Balogun , Cry Freedom ; not to be confused with the more famous film of the same name. Haraka is a former village chief whose disagreement with Kingsley, before the conflict, causes him to consider rebelling against the British. It is set primarily in remote portions of Kenya, where the fighting took place in rain forests and on mountains. Reception[ edit ] The novel received mixed reviews by critics. Burns, writing for the journal Books Abroad, criticized the book for being largely action, with only superficial plot and characters. Killam criticized the book for reasons similar to Burns, faulting the shallow development of characters others than those involved in the top hierarchy of respective the British and rebel forces.