Friday, 28 August 2015

REVIEW: SWALLOW

 

Author: Sefi Atta

Genre: Fiction

Year Of Publication: 2008

My Rating: 3 Stars

SUMMARY
It is the mid 1980s in Lagos and the governement's War Against Indiscipline and austerity measures are fully in operation. Tolani Ajao is secretary working at Federal Community Bank. A succession of unfortunate events lead Tolani's roomate and colleague, Rose, to persuade her to consider drug trafficking as an alternative means of making a living. Tolani's subsequent struggle with temptation forces her to reconsider her morality and that of her mother Arike's, as she embarks on a turbulent journey of self discovery.- Written by author.

"The bustle, choas and fast rhythm of Lagos jump from the pages of Swallow, Sefi Atta's new book. It is fiction steeped in life."  - Veronique Tadjo, author of As the Crow Files

MY VERDICT
Don't judge a book by It's cover. That's one thing I learnt from reading this novel. I guess I was so allured by the cover, that I expected too much from the book. In spite of the dissapointment, I enjoyed this very brief story and I also learnt a few new words. Sefi Atta could have  done better, considering how wonderful Everything Good Will Come was for me. The most important lesson I learnt from Swallow is that drug trafficking  is a no-no and using drugs also is detrimental to your health - obviously.

You can acquire the novel Here and also at the Jazz Hole, Shop No. 168, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi.


Sefi Atta (I adore her name)

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Other books by the author:

Everything Good Will Come
It's My Turn
News From Home...

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