Unforgettable book, that treats such wide ranging topics from child smuggling to rage, irrationality and genocide, to the pogrom in Nigeria to the hell that is Kibera and many more. Touching & Haunting and I still am unable to understand why some critics depreciate it as a case of Pity Porn!
Uninhibited, Despairing, Tragic, Frustrating, Bleak, Vivid, Provoking! Talk of a book you will hate to Love… this is it. This Jesuit Priest cum writer Uwem Akpan has done for vulnerable African children what I think many writers, legion of documentaries and western mass Media have not. He travelled into the depth of these children’s darkness with a Candle light to reveal to the world how life has smeared their windshields.
Despite being a New York Times #bestseller, making the Caine Prize list and being notably selected by the Oprah Book Club, I was discouraged from reading this book severally by friends who found it a very difficult read. Now I know why. The author Uwem Akpan in this collection of short stories did not write to entertain, he wrote to inform. In capturing the detailed realities of children in modern Africa, the writer ought to write like…
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