he las English translation was in 1931 and the version I am reviewing is a 1981 English translation.The book tells he tory of Chaka, from birth to death and all the hell he raised in the southern Africa during his time.
The autobiography is classic and I was amused that though it came from a country that not many know about, at he time the writers ’ race was not expected to achieve much in the possibilities of the Western, the story an hold its own against the nowadays paranormal and fantasy novels.
he king propositioned a young lady, Nandi, to lay with him, out of wedlock, even though he knew that the law was that the penalty for out of marriage sex was death for the guilty parties and all their age mates ( fiction).
This dilemm was that Chaka was born earlier than 9 months after marriage but because he as the only son to the quee, this did not become an issue.
The wives demanded that the king should uphold the law and kill Nandi and his brother.
Because the king loved his youngest daughter and his cousin, he opted for banishing them to Nandi ’ s home illage to never come back.Because of his origin, Chaka was abused and ridiculed by everyone, his peers and adults alike, except for his father.
“ One important matter which I ant you to understand well is that great king who once visited you at the river is a person who loves war; if you do not spill blood, he migh always be disappointe with you.
And so Chaka choose greatness over mercy and the demanded price for this was for him to sacrifice his greatest love, “ his daughter ” and he never married after that.
Chaka conquered many tribes and his practice was that, from the conquered tribes, only young men not yet set in their ways and women of childbearing age should be kept, everyone else was killed.
Another death toll is estimated between 1 and 2 million.His killings did not only extend to the conquered but to his people also and because of tha, where he started as a beloved king, soon his commanders were plotting against him.