Plot Summary 2

My Literature Lesson, today, looks at the plot summary of the major events that occur in The River and the Source.

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The story is divided into four parts. The first part focuses on Akoko’s birth, childhood and marriage, the second looks at Akoko’s daughter, the third follows Akoko’s grand-daughter – Elizabeth and her family while the fourth pays attention to Akoko’s great-grandchildren.

Part 1: GIRL CHILD

The story begins with the birth of Akoko, the first daughter of Odero Gogni, the Chief of Yimbo. Akoko grows into a beautiful woman and her suitor, Owuor Kembo has to pay thirty head of cattle to marry her. The two are blessed with two boys – Obura and Owang’ Sino and a girl named Nyabera.

Unfortunately, Akoko losses her eldest son, her husband and her younger son to death, in quick succession which leaves her in the hands of her brother-in-law – Otieno Kembo.

Chief Otieno Kembo inherits the seat left vacant by his elder brother and uses the opportunity to take over Akoko’s property. Akoko is defiant and resorts to get help from the White man in Kisuma. Akoko manages to get some of her possessions back and decides to go back to Yimbo.

Part II: – THE ART OF GIVING

In this part, Nyabera is married to Okumu who, unfortunately, dies. Since Nyabera is only twenty-six, she is inherited by Ogoma Kwach – as tero custom dictates. Nyabera and Ogoma sire two children but both die due to sickle cell anaemia.

Battered and bruised, Nyabera seeks refuge at Aluor Mission where she is later joined by her mother, her daughter and nephew, Owuor. Nyabera goes back to Kwach in the hope of rekindling their marriage but is unsuccessful and returns to the mission.

Owuor Sino, the rightful heir to Owuor Kembo, drops his desire to succeed as Chief and instead opts to join priesthood. Awiti, on the other hand, trains as a teacher in a local college where she encounters Mark Sugu – a former soldier.

After meeting Mark Sigu, Akoko dies peacefully in her sleep and her grandson – Peter Owuor Kembo – presides over the mass.

Awiti, who is baptized as Elizabeth, and Mark move to Nakuru where they start a family. Their first child dies due to the young couple’s ignorance but they’re soon blessed with a set of twins.

Part III: – LOVE AND LIFE.

Elizabeth and Mark move to Nakuru where they soon get a baby boy – Aoro. This is during the struggle for Kenya’s independence and due to political tension in Nakuru, Elizabeth is forced to go back to Aluor mission.

She comes back and the couple gets a boy, Tony, another set of twins – Opiyo and Odongo and the last born is a girl who they name Mary.

While Aoro shows interest in Medicine, Tony wants to pursue priesthood. Very and Becky take different paths with the former becoming an electrical engineer while the latter finds a career as an air hostess. Becky meets John Courtney – a Canadian – and the two get married.

Part IV: VARIABLE WINDS

Aoro joins medical school where he meets Wandia Mugo and the two develop a close friendship. While Aoro is an intern in Nairobi, Wandia is sent to Machakos for the same. The two get married despite coming from different tribes and they are blessed with a set of twins – Daniel and Lisa.

Becky, who is unhappy in her marriage despite being wealthy, leaves John and due to her unfaithfulness, becomes HIV positive and dies soon afterwards.

The Aoros adopt Becky’s children as they get two more children of their own – Mugo and Kipusa. It is also discovered that Daniel is suffering from Down’s syndrome and leukemia but his parents refuse to give up hope.

Wandia secures a scholarship at John Hopkin’s Hospital in America, where she is awarded a PhD. in medicine.

The book ends when Elizabeth dies having seen her children prosper in different areas of life

 

Get the full chapter by chapter summaries here.

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roshni patel
roshni patel
5 years ago

when does Akoko’s grandmother appeal to the chanted lamentation for akoko crying endlessly

joel
joel
4 years ago
Reply to  roshni patel

When his grandchild died

sir.nyagaka evans
sir.nyagaka evans
5 years ago

nyar asembo was lamenting when akoko was crying endless because she was not named accordingly,the spirit of the slain of grandma nyar asembo’s sister felt wronged n thereby made akoko to cry so that akoko can be named after her.

Wasaba Zacchy
Wasaba Zacchy
4 years ago

It Is True I Support

sir.nyagaka evans
sir.nyagaka evans
5 years ago

basing your illustrstions from the noval the river and the source discuss the role of women in the society.20marks

aggy
2 years ago

it’s novel not naval

sir.nyagaka evans
sir.nyagaka evans
5 years ago

basing your illustrstions from the noval the river and the source,discuss the role of women in the continuity of the cimmunity in the society.

Jaymes jaymoh
Jaymes jaymoh
4 years ago

they are the source of the life and also to support their men. eg Akoko whom she is very determined.and supports Owuor kembo her husband

kelvin makena
kelvin makena
4 years ago

the river and the sources is the best setbook

isaac batroba
4 years ago

the river and the source isthe best setbook ever.

wemali kangu
wemali kangu
4 years ago

An apt analysis .kudos!

joel
joel
4 years ago

Character of akoko

max
max
4 years ago

i luv this novel its rilly captivatin

zakaria
zakaria
4 years ago

thanks alot for the great work

dayvine
dayvine
4 years ago

I love this novel…..my best set book

cate shique
cate shique
4 years ago

Thanks alot for ua help keep up good work

Hildah ohonda
4 years ago

hi Jon! you work is very attractive. Keep it up!

Tewan
Tewan
4 years ago

was it necessary for the author to subjectively kill and suppress many and raise one if not two in order to make women have a cut over men..why would women exist alongside men but compete favourably in a ideal society..won’t she handle them like what Mariama Ba does in So Long a letter?

oscar
4 years ago

the setbook is very much comprehensive I love the inpirational quotes it contains

memusifred
memusifred
4 years ago

Great work. Big up yourself.

Bryann Keter
Bryann Keter
4 years ago

Wow..thanks for the plot summary..this is my best setbook ever.

Clinto De Rando
Clinto De Rando
4 years ago

Heh…this is wonderful

kennedy
kennedy
4 years ago

l think river and the source is best set book so far

lewis
lewis
4 years ago

it is a nice set book

Rodgerson Gisemba Mosoti
Rodgerson Gisemba Mosoti
4 years ago

A good summary.

Jean
4 years ago

Short but so helpful.av never taught the book but i think i will enjoy teaching.very good analysis

evelyne
evelyne
4 years ago

A very intresting novel ..my best book ever

Abdullahi Sheikh
Abdullahi Sheikh
4 years ago

Superb…. so much worthy of praise…

Robert Omondi
Robert Omondi
4 years ago

i also need questions contained in the texts

patrick litu
patrick litu
4 years ago

I have witnessed the theme of inheritance very successful at times,dont you think Ogola was trying to out do it?

Danny blessed
Danny blessed
3 years ago

Wow i love this bro,,,,big up

john ngota
3 years ago

ilove the setbook

lindah
lindah
3 years ago

when asked to relate characters and the plot in the river and the source,what approach do you use?

Brian Nyamokeri
Brian Nyamokeri
3 years ago

love it too

Charles Mata
Charles Mata
3 years ago

Maria Nyabera is a woman who is torn between tradition and Christianity. Write an essay to prove this..

Charles
Charles
3 years ago
Reply to  Jon

Would you mind writing the essay please…am lacking the perfect words to explain the whole thing

Delvin
Delvin
3 years ago

Gud work.thumbs up.

Antony omondi
Antony omondi
3 years ago

how do we categorize the kind of treatment that Mark Sigu impart on his son Aoro in accordance with stylistic devices.

Margaret wangui
Margaret wangui
3 years ago

Kindly send me the whole plot summary

immanuel
immanuel
3 years ago

What does mikai meaning

Elius Mureh
2 years ago

Your site in just too awesome. Eagerly waiting for the analysis of a doll’s house and blossoms of the savannah….

Yiemi
2 years ago

Thanks!

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