Year of Publication: 2015
Genre: Biographical / Fiction
Number of Pages: 270
My Rating: 3 Stars
Date Read: 14/04/2016
Sixty Percent of a True Story’ is a window into the different realities of three undergraduates.
Osisiye arrives the University of Lagos on a windy morning with dreams of high grades but must explore the fleshpots of the city, freedom of the campus and spiritual diversity of the bustling city of Lagos, Nigeria. Will he find a balance soon enough and will his dalliances with drugs, women and new friends be his undoing?
The story moves on to Korede, a depressive introvert. He takes one through the vagaries of growing up as ‘different’ in a society that sees things in black and white and does not forgive men who do not act as men.
Chris is a staple in Nigeria’s urban lore, the internet fraudster. Through his eyes, we understand the various motivations for this career choice and explore the process that births such deception.
The story weaves through three Nigerian states, a university, a presidential campaign, the fleshpots of Lagos and startling personal choices to an unpredictable end. (Sourced from www.goodreads.com )
I read this book back in 2016. I couldn't bring myself to write a review then, because I simply had nothing to say. I remember thinking to myself 'so this is what you were disturbing yourself for'. I'm not trying to say that it was a horrible book or I regret reading it . I'm saying that I expected it to be a blow-my-mind, knock-my-socks-off kind of book. I blame those damn instagram reviews . Lol note to self: not every review on instagram is worth listening to.
The author was honest, fluid, and I admire writers who unapologetically pen down their experiences. I appreciated his incorporation of Yoruba words and slangs, because most writers try to westernize their characters even though they aren't western to begin with .
The book was full of humour, although I didn't agree with everything he wrote, but I'm simply airing my views. I found some sentences a tad bit irritating. I didn't fancy most of the chapters on Korede . I definitely need to give it a second read to get a fresh perspective.
In conclusion, I got tired of reading it. At some point I left it on my side table until I was in the right frame of mind to continue. Now the question is: would I recommend this book? Maybe. Is it worth buying ?No. Borrow it from a library close to you.
One good thing I took away from this book was this quote :
"If nature is music, would you provide the rhythm to my life's dance?"
Note to reader: Don't take my reviews too seriously. We are all humans, with different opinions and interests. You might read this and give it 5 stars. Just bear in mind that reviews are subjective.
P.S: Check out my favourite quotes page xx