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Complexities of life take a ‘Leap In The Dark’
Novel deals with love, race, expectations
 
Published Thursday, September 10, 2015 5:12 pm
by Ashley Mahoney

Emmanuel Ngwainmbi’s novel “Leap In The Dark” illustrates the complexities of life that apply to individuals of all ages, genders, and ethnicities.

Ngwainmbi’s diction dictates the dynamic situations that individuals face. He raises an eternal question—does love really conquer all? Can happily ever after truly exist in the face of conflict, or do the demands of society win in reality whereas they find themselves disposed of in fairy tales? What difference does skin color make when it comes to love?  

Ngwainmbi explores racism in a manner that goes beyond skin color and addresses issues that others easily pass over. He illustrates how easy yielding can prove, but at what price does compromise come?   


The journey of Ngwainmbi’s protagonist Tito conveys a cross-cultural connection. Tito leaves his less than wealthy family in Africa in an attempt to live the life he wants in the Western world as a student. However, the American dream and student ideals prove more challenging than anticipated, an aspect that contemporary audiences can relate to.  Despite advancements in technology, medicine and other innovations, many trying and troubling backward elements of society still exist. They manifest themselves through day-to-day encounters. In the “land of the free and the home of the brave” adaptation and acceptance become complicated aspects of life.


As Ngwainmbi’s work conveys, sometimes individuals struggle between staying true to who they are in juxtaposition to molding themselves into someone that society can accept. This story depicts the elements of familial obligation, personal longing and the difficulty of finding balance in an unbalanced world. 

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To Bad he's such a "Great Pretender" in real life....
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