Pending Book Reviews (Mini)

28592993The Chibok Girls: The Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamist Militancy in Nigeria by Helon Habila

On April 14, 2014, 276 girls from the Chibok Secondary School in northern Nigeria were kidnapped by Boko Haram, the world’s deadliest terrorist group. Most were never heard from again. Acclaimed Nigerian novelist Helon Habila, who grew up in northern Nigeria, returned to Chibok and gained intimate access to the families of the kidnapped to offer a devastating account of this tragedy that stunned the world. With compassion and deep understanding of historical context, Habila tells the stories of the girls and the anguish of their parents; chronicles the rise of Boko Haram and the Nigerian government’s inept response; and captures the indifference of the media and the international community whose attention has moved on.

Employing a fiction writer’s sensibility and a journalist’s curiosity, THE CHIBOK GIRLS provides poignant portraits of everyday Nigerians whose lives have been transformed by extremist forces. Habila illuminates the long history of colonialism–and unmasks cultural and religious dynamics–that gave rise to the conflicts that have ravaged the region to this day.

I had to pick this pick because I’m Nigerian. This book is written by a journalist from Nigeria. It’s a haunting account of the Chiboks Girls, kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014. This book includes interviews with parents of the girls and ones who have managed to escape. There wouldn’t be justice if a little of in Nigerian history isn’t given, so I found this book quite sad, but informative and educational. I pray for the safety of the girls that haven’t been found yet and for their lives to be spared from the horrors of death.

Clowning around isn’t all about red noses and rubber chickens…

For Ralph, birthday parties and frat houses only bring nostalgia
For a better time. A time when the world still cared about the craft.

Living in the past can be tiring with nothing to look forward to.

Until Jules…

The princess. Struggling to make ends meet, she monetizes her
Best talent. The performance, plus the petticoats, hide her carnal desires.

Ralph’s mind forgets its woes when lust takes over,
Breathing new life into pores caked with white makeup.

Time fades away, but the party never needs to end.
One question remains. Can Ralph handle her wild ways?

It took me awhile to read this book and when I finally did, I was left disconnected. Seeing as I didn’t connect with the story, the book cover, with the clown is quite scary and wow, I can’t imagine having a clown dressed like that at my childhood parties, that would suck. So Ralph and Jules, quite the pair, and oh what they get up to right from the start of the story. I didn’t care for Jules and I could barely stand Ralph and the plus side, the story is really short, but still needs some work.

28186095Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch

The tour-de-force, hair-raising new novel from Herman Koch, New York Times bestselling author of The Dinner and Summer House with Swimming Pool

Once a celebrated writer, M’s greatest success came with a suspense novel based on a real-life disappearance. The book was called The Reckoning, and it told the story of Jan Landzaat, a history teacher who went missing one winter after his brief affair with Laura, his stunning pupil. Jan was last seen at the holiday cottage where Laura was staying with her new boyfriend. Upon publication, M.’s novel was a bestseller, one that marked his international breakthrough.

That was years ago, and now M.’s career is almost over as he fades increasingly into obscurity. But not when it comes to his bizarre, seemingly timid neighbor who keeps a close eye on him. Why?

From various perspectives, Herman Koch tells the dark tale of a writer in decline, a teenage couple in love, a missing teacher, and a single book that entwines all of their fates. Thanks to The Reckoning, supposedly a work of fiction, everyone seems to be linked forever, until something unexpected spins the “story” off its rails.

With racing tension, sardonic wit, and a world-renowned sharp eye for human failings, Herman Koch once again spares nothing and no one in his gripping new novel, a barbed tour de force suspending readers in the mysterious literary gray space between fact and fiction, promising to keep them awake at night, and justly paranoid in the merciless morning.

Although the writing of this story is rich, but the complexity and the various points of views, makes it very hard for me to follow. I didn’t want to complete the book, but I forced myself to finish the story and I guess the story is okay. I love me a good thriller and since I finished this story, it has to be okay.


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