Reviews & Profiles
CHAIN OF SPRING LOVE: The story of a European immigrant
Posted Saturday, October 26 2013 at 01:00
Author: Robert Bwire
Sold at: Major Bookstores in town
Every once in a while, you get a first attempt that is so earnest, so easily written that you know if you are going to fault the book for anything else, it will not be the flow. Chain of Spring Love is one book I have read recently that has made me feel that way. Although he is no stranger to writing, this book is Robert Bwire’s first attempt at a fiction novel.
Born, raised and educated in Uganda for half his life, Uhuru goes to Europe on a study scholarship, leaving behind his newlywed and pregnant wife, Mapenzi. On completing the three year course, Uhuru’s plan is to make his way to the Netherlands, where he expects greener pastures for an accomplished scholar like himself.
Instead he finds himself in a society where he and other fortune seekers like him are not accepted. Uhuru becomes trapped in the world of odd jobs. The pages document his struggle to provide for his wife and a daughter he has never met as well as other relatives who believe those in Europe must be literary swimming in money.
The love promised in the title weaves in and out of the heavy themes and is carried by Inge, a middle-aged wealthy Dutch widow who employs Uhuru as a gardener and finds herself in love with him. It is through Inge that for the first time, Uhuru has a taste into the Dutch dream that has been eluding him all along.
But Bwire picks the worst possible ending for an otherwise good story. Uhuru dies, at the hands of a Frank Hogenhuizen, a crook who happens to be after Inge’s money and the woes of an illegal alien follow him in death. Neither can his body be sent back for burial nor can his wife and daughter attend the burial.
Having managed to read the book to the end and the experience not being unpleasant, I’d say Robert Bwire has found his home in fiction novels.