I’m done with my first book of the summer! :)
I hadn’t read leisurely for a while so it took me some time to really get into it, but once I did I couldn’t stop. Aminatta Forna brings up so many topics: war, power and corruption, immigrants in African countries, the slightest hint of religion and like the title suggests, love. So much love and so many different kinds of love. Love so strong and aggressive that it was almost painful, determined but unrequited love that seemed a bit pathetic, love at first sight, paternal love, brotherly love, everything. Strangely the book didn’t even seem like that much of a love story when I was reading it. lol.
I’ve noticed that there’s a familiarity to modern African literature that makes me love it. When I was young the books I read were fun but now that I think of it, very foreign. What did I know about British boarding schools or babysitting? I loved reading this and having the characters drinking a “Star beer” and playing “ludo” on a board that had celebrities faces in the home boxes. I remember reading “Tail of the Blue Bird” by Nii Ayikwei Parkes somewhere around the end of last year and the main character driving through Labone. It’s good writing that I can relate to. I started reading Americanah this weekend and I’m IN LOVE. I’d appreciate if anyone can suggest some more good books :)