Wednesday, 14 October 2015

REVIEW: TINY SUNBIRDS, FAR AWAY

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Author: Christie Watson

Genre:Contemporary/ African Fiction

Year Of Publication: 2011

My Rating: 4 Stars

SUMMARY
Blessing and her older brother, Ezekiel, are wrenched from their pampered life in Ikeja when father leaves home for another woman. They move to a village near Warri to live with their grandparents.

The sprawling family compound is a place of wonder and mystery. Grandfather Alhaji is a firm believer in the healing properties of Marmite, while Grandma has a secret profession. And then there's Alhaji's new wife, Celestine. But as Blessing settles into this new life, she realises that things are not as idyllic as they seem. Ezekiel and Mama are drawn into separate worlds of fear and love that threaten to tear the family apart
Tiny Sunbirds is an evocative novel about the political and environmental catastrophe taking place in the Niger Delta and the power of community and resistance.

MY VERDICT
"An excellent novel. It takes the reader deep into the reality of ordinary life in Nigeria and is also funny, moving and politically alert."- Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland

Christie Watson accurately and subtly dipicted the lifestyle of a troubled family in the chaotic  Niger Delta .Being that she isn't Nigerian, she brilliantly gave Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away the bitter-sweet conclusion it had. She did a great job; tended to every detail and I respect her for that.
I doubtlessly loved how the book was written in story form, Blessing being the narrator. I absolutely loved it. The only sour parts in this story were the births which Grandma and Blessing performed, I guess they were just too explicit for me to soak in. 
My favourite character had to be Grandma, because she was a wise woman, despite the fact that she was uneducated.
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Christie Watson
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Saturday, 3 October 2015

REVIEW: BEYOND THE BLUE


Author: Leslie Gould

Genre: Fiction ( Contemporary)

Year Of Publication: 2005

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

SUMMARY
In 1975, an American girl named Genevieve loses her mother when a plane full of orphans crashes in war-ravaged Vietnam. Miles away in the countryside, seven-year-old Lan, a Vietnamese girl, is forced out of her family home by her own brother who has joined the Viet Cong. Worlds apart, these two girls come into womanhood struggling to recover a sense of family- until their journeys suddenly converge.

Lan has grown up in the harsh realities of post-war Vietnam, but she yearns for a better life for her children. Meanwhile, Genevieve marries and, faced with infertility, decides to adopt a child from the country her own mother loved so deeply. But the uncertainty and risk of international adoption threatens to overwhelm both women before their hearts and their families can be healed.

Beyond the Blue is the story of enormous losses, unthinkable choices, and the transforming power of God's love for the children of the world.

MY VERDICT
My favourite character has to be Jeff Taylor ( Genevieve's husband) because he had a very optimistic character and always had faith in God, even when there were dark clouds. I love this book so much, because it gave me an insight into how bad the Vietnamese war was. I had no idea that there was even a war like that that took place, I'm so glad I read Beyond the blue . In my own opinion, I think this book is about having faith in God and learning how to put all your trust in your maker- always. And I learnt a few Vietnamese phrases too :)
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Other books by Leslie Gould:
The Amish Seamstress
The Amish Bride
Courting Cate
The Amish Nanny
The Amish Midwife
Scrap Everything....etc

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