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Nr Book Club reviews

Discussion in 'NEWS, BOOKS, CULTURE' started by KikisMuffin, Jun 13, 2007.

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  1. KikisMuffin

    KikisMuffin I no get ya time!!

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    I've been hitting paydirt recently. Lola Shoneyin's "The secret lives of Baba Segi's wives" was a delightful read. Comic and tragic.Really funny sweat:! Some of the critique on the amazon reviews were right, I did notice some of the blindspots and discordance in the narrative from time to time but to me it was a minor issue.A really enjoyeable and good readgrinning:
     
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    thanks, been looking for a good read after i finished feddie girl.just placed my order on amazon
     
  3. Abike

    Abike Well-Known Member

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    @ Mulan - I bought 'A heart to mend' the other day on kindle and I'm loving it!!!! great writing, great read! Well done so far!
     
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    Thank you Abike, I'm glad to hear that. :)

     
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    just finished reading the secret lives of baba segi's wives, i started reading it on a 2 1/2 hours flight,i felt like i was watching a naija movie but over all it was a very good read.
     
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    Abike Well-Known Member

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    I'm almost done with Baba Segi's wives, and I have to say I was expecting a lil more from that book jare! o_Oo_Oo_O
     
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    Dont you feel it's "naija movie like" ?
     
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    I decided to spend this summer getting my Naija books from the library and Amazon. I reread Things Fall Apart and I still feel the same way about it...meh. Anthills of the Savannah was just too wordy for me but I loved how it looked at a coup from a completely different angle. I loved Girls at War and other stories, I actually enjoyed that one of Achebe's books...so far.

    I read both Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun. PH was sad, so sad and it was very reminiscent of Okonkwo and Things Fall Apart. It was too literary for my liking. I preferred Half of a Yellow Sun and I found it enjoyable. I got that Kainene was a mysterious figure but I really wanted to know why her relationship with her twin was so frayed at the beginning. The passage about kwashiorkor bringing Biafra to the limelight was the part I remember vividly. That little tidbit was sad and true which made it sadder. Having read it...hmm...I don't know how this movie is going to pan out oh.

    I like the Biafra backdrop in novels. I love that I get to learn about Nigeria's history (which was not taught in primary or secondary schools) but I would love to read about it from other perspectives: the Yoruba, the Hausas. Adichie included the minority groups which I appreciate. I was grateful for Ms. Adebayo's character but she was dropped off the face of the novel and resurrected at will. I am waiting for that novel that tells the Biafran war from all sides: the brutality from all sides because there were casualty on all sides.
     
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    A lil....I'm done with it now, and I was sha expecting a lil more...oh well! nice read all the same!
     
  10. blackpearl

    blackpearl oloju come and do

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    Chei i should have read the reviews here o. Just got myself Baba Segi's wives. Oh well, i will add my own two cents.
    Just read "The SHACK" and i must say i am glad i read it. Love the book to bits and pieces.
     
  11. blackpearl

    blackpearl oloju come and do

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    I am yet to finish purple hibiscus. don't know why i was unable to finish that, i just lost interest in the middle of the book. i guess one of these days i will find the time finishing it, after am done reading all the books i just purchased.
     
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    DAUGHTERS WHO WALK HIS PATH- by yejide Kilanlo

    This book is a very good read, I bought it via amazon on Friday and i stayed in bed reading it till 12 noon this morning.It was one of those books that made you eager to see what would happen next.
    I especially loved the themes, and how certain characters stood out. it's such a good book with mixed Emotions, i cried, i laughed out loud,i got angry, i chuckled.
    One theme that really stood out to me was how our society/community/parents/family members deal with the issue of Rape. lots of Highs in the novel and the lows were really bottom ground low

    Highly recommended!!
     
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    I remember reading it. I absolutely loved it, and I loved the twist on how both mothers handled it: that speaking out for the right thing is not a new generation thing.
     
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    blackpearl oloju come and do

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    I finished Chris Abanis becoming Abigail a couple of weeks ago
    http://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Abigail-Chris-Abani/dp/1888451947/ref=sr_1_22?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid\\1388910726&sr=1-22&keywords=authors+nigerian
    I am somewhat indifferent about the book. It wasn't flowing well enough for me to be candid.

    I ended up ordering I do not come to you by chance by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani and Daughters who walk this path by Yejide Kilanko.

    I had gone about 5o pages into I do not come to you by chance when finally Daughters who walk this path arrived.
    I had to abandon the book for Mrs Kilankos book. I am not the best in reviews but would like to touch on some of the characters (i am not done with i do not come to you by chance).

    Daughters who walk this path
    I love the fact that there was no dragging beginnings in any kind of way, the author chose to go into the story and the main characters in a very smooth manner. It did not take me time before I was absolutely locked into this book. I love the relationship between Morayo and Eniayo. In as much as Eniayo is an albino she was treated with so much love and care which is not always the case with Nigerian households.

    I so much appreciated the fact that Morayo found her aunty Morenike to be safe haven of being able to be herself and share her emotions with her. That relationship was so special. The book flows from one chapter to another and i was done with the book within 2 days (it has a bit more than 300 pages, probably 34o or so, can't remember)

    I laughed, I cried, i was upset, i screamed i rejoiced, i had all types of motions going on, i kid you not! I am so glad that mealone shared this here! I love the layout, and it shows how much someones experience in life can shape them. The love of the family, most of the times misunderstood between all of them, still carried them through to eventually love at the end of the book. I am not happy about how aunty morenikes character was handled towards the end of the book but this book is a keeper. I could read it all over again.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0143186434/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1401323111/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
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    Becoming Abigail did the same thing. It was agidi (stubbornness) that made me finish it. I hate leaving something unfinished. I would have to read it again to truly appreciate it but it was a doozy.
     
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    blackpearl oloju come and do

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    http://www.amazon.com/Do-Not-Come-You-Chance/dp/1401323111/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
    I finished I do not come to you by chance, written by Adaobi Nwaubani

    I give this book 3.5 Stars. I am rather disappointed. A lengthy book doesn't necessarily mean that it's a good one. This is a typical example of great idea but poor execution. She did have a great concept but got entangled in the story herself. I believe in correct editing, and i that was not done here. There are chapters that could have been cut out and it would have been a great book leaving the rest as imagination to the reader. The book is about 419 and what pushes young men in Nigeria to do so. There's romance, family drama - basically a bit of everything.

    The part where I shed a tear was when Kingsley (the main character in the book) was going through so many hassles in order to make things work for himself (don't want to give the story away). There were chapter I was unable to drop the book and then chapters I wished I could have skipped. I think what makes me so upset about this book in particular is the ending. It is like a naija movie gone wrong! It was so abrupt and unreal, almost as if she no longer knew how to write a spin and end the book.

    Reminded me of the TO GOD BE THE GLORY after the entire cast of a naija movie just freshly died.
    Either way, the book has its peaks, the relationship between Kingsley and his father is one of them, when he goes to Lagos to live with his uncle Boniface is another and his entire life style as a 419. The 419 emails were a bit much. I skipped those majorly. Either way, it was an OK read.

     
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    blackpearl oloju come and do

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    So i ended up ordering for
    The small print
    On black sisters Street
    And Blood will call.

    Reviews coming soon :)
     
  18. Thickmadam

    Thickmadam OHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHH!!

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    wait..WHAT?!!!
    you're just now ordering Blood will call?! :mad0259:
     
  19. Abike

    Abike Well-Known Member

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    Lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvved Americanah!!!! 4 thumbs up men!

    Started reading Ghana must go a couple of days ago, but the beginning of the book is a bit slowish...will give it another go soon...
     
  20. mealone

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    I just got my kindle version of this book,read the 1st 2 pages and haven't gone back to it in 2 weeks, let me know how it goes.......... Have you had a chance to read "Daughters who walk this path"?
     
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