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Simple, profound

  • Jun 17, 2010

I was assigned to read this novel for 2 different college courses--first for an English class and then for an African studies class. This speaks to both its literary importance and its accuracy in representing the experience of African history and culture. Both times that I read the novel, I found it to be simple and clean in its storytelling, while slowly revealing a deeper level of meaning. It is the type of book that lingers on your mind. Even now, so many years after college, it is front in my thoughts of favorite books, and I have shared it with many people. Though the details of the story have faded, the feeling of the book is still fresh, and I can almost imagine myself back inside the story. Even as the book is set in the exotic world of Africa, it is a relatable story about human nature and ego and the dynamics of community. The storyline tells of the subtle process of a slowly unraveling world that eventually falls apart, right in front of your eyes, one piece at a time. Each small thing, and the intentions and traditions behind them, unknowingly creates a gradual destruction that becomes too much for anyone to stop.  

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August 09, 2010
Great review! It echos my own feelings about this book which I also read in college.
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