Cambridge Days (a novel) By Teodros Kiros
Tigrai Online, June 13, 2017
Cambridge Days is a unique literary work that systematically combines the genres of drama and story-telling. In this book, Professor Teodros Kiros, has assembled a diverse group of actors who love to make connections with areas of knowledge and the subtle nuances of life, sometimes exhibiting a self-negating condition of paradox and at other times, joy, rapture, and elation of group dynamics. The chief characters in the book are Neil, Heidi, Adowa, Elias, Rosa, Nyerere, Aster, ‘Dodo’ the nameless monk, Makau, and Conrad. Most of them find themselves in Cambridge, an “intrusive city of Juxtapositions” as the author aptly describes it. Cambridge is also a city of illusions and a city of knowledge, a venue for all the talented characters in the book.
Cambridge Days is a powerful literary work that expresses dialectical process of thought by expanding the range of individual and group experiences, elegantly extrapolated by the actors themselves.
—Ghelawdewos Araia, Lehman College, City University of New York
Cambridge days is an ode to philosophy. It is a keenly observed meditation on friendship, and on the nature of beauty, love, life and death.”
—Chika Unigwe, Director, Awele Creative Trust, Brown University
I was incredibly impressed with the beautiful descriptive writing sustained throughout this work. The sensitive, thoughtful, and moving character portraits, and the intelligence and humor of the narrative throughout those many pages was satisfying and daring.
The range of personalities portrayed are convincing. Every character seems to be genuine and full-fledged in his/her humanity. The language at its best has an arresting quality
and again and again I found myself stopping to admire something originally and wonderfully said. But I was equally compelled to read on and learn more about what was going to happen to this intriguing cast of characters.
—Julie Rold, writer, Berklee College
Drawing from his experiences as an Ethiopian immigrant who has the good fortune to land in Cambridge, Teodros Kiros weaves narratives of his experiences with such richness that he speaks to the humanity present in all of us. In so doing, he thematizes often overlooked dimensions of life, not only in Cambridge but wherever human beings live and love.
—George Katsiaficas, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Teodros Kiros, author of many fiction and non-fiction books, is Professor of Philosophy and English (Liberal Arts), Berklee College of Music.
Publisher: The Red Sea Press
Year of Publication: 2017
ISBN: 9781569025482 HB