Publisher’s Summary Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader’s wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel – the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself. Epic in its canvas and intimate in […]
Ihuoma, a beautiful young widow of exemplary character… These words make up the first sentence in the synopsis of this book and I found myself going back to it at each display of Ihuoma’s “exemplary” character.
Retelling Shakespeare’s plays with a contemporary audience in mind seems like a great way to introduce his classics to a whole new generation and Margaret Atwood does such a great job of doing this while staying true to the source material. I confess I’ve never read the original “Tempest; I have had a copy for years and it still looks as good as it did the day I acquired it. Therefore, this review is from a first timer to Shakespeare, as I seem to have forgotten any of his other works I read in the past.
On Becoming by Toke Makinwa Published by: Kachifo Farafina Date of Publication: November 27, 2016 Genre: Non-Fiction; Memoir Pages: 124 Source: Gift Get the book Blurb Toke never envisaged that she would be a successful media personality. She began her journey as a bubbly child but grew into a lonely teenager after the devastating loss of both her parents. For so long after, it seemed as though she would never find herself. On Becoming is the real Toke Makinwa telling us what it is like to be one of the most talked about celebrities in Nigeria. She reveals the truth behind her 14-year relationship with the man […]
I was going to suffer through to the end of this book in the hope that it might be worth it in the end but @BagusMutendi’s prompt on twitter made me realize just how much I don’t want to continue reading this story. @Meetthebookworm Still waiting for your ACOR review. ? — BM (@BagusMutendi) November 28, 2016 I’m going to keep this review simple and focus on the pros and cons and why I didn’t finish reading this book.
What do you get when you put an immigrant couple who think the USA is the best thing after sliced bread, a rich American couple who seem to have achieved the American dream, some puff-puff and fried plantain in the city that never sleeps? A fascinating debut novel about marriage, class, race, the immigrant struggle and the pursuit of happiness.
The only reason I wanted to read this novel was because: Zadie Smith. I had never read anything by her and after reading and hearing so much hype about her, the blurb played a minimal role in my choice to read this novel. Naturally I had very high expectations but it turns out this probably wasn’t the best Zadie Smith novel to start with. While it wasn’t a snoozefest, it didn’t come close to the level I had placed it on in my mind; so colour me disappointed.
The 2014 abduction of 276 secondary school girls from the Government College, Chibok by the Boko Haram sect remains a sore subject for many Nigerians. It has inspired hundreds of articles, documentaries, music etc; sparked a political revolution, brought attention to lackadaisical attitude of our federal government and the corruption that is literally threatening to destroy us.