Cant stop reading anywhere and everywhere
This story set in Nigeria is so readable and listening to it read by Adjoa Andoh was so lovely and the imagery and feeling it produced was very real. I enjoyed the characters of Blessing and her Grandmother and Celestine especially. Blessings mother although present throughout the novel always seemed to be on the fringes of her life and maybe had difficulty showing and or responding to emotions. The political climate and time of the novel made it difficult to exist and the life of Ezikiel was very difficult as a result. The fact that the story was told through the eyes of Blessing made it more enjoyable.
The role of Grandmother as the local midwife and what that entailed was very interesting to me as a midwife and I really enjoyed these sections of the story.
Life was hard for women and the domestic violence elements of the story Celestine endured were not pleasant especially when they were considered necessary by other female members of the family.
The narration was fantastic and totally made the story I so so enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.
I enjoyed this book but would not say best I ever read enjoyed the narration and the elements of the supernatural especially at the end when I could see how it fitted together. It was a good read and I would recommend it. This is the first book in the series and will be interested to see what next one will bring.
This book is constructed clearly, flowing easily from the father Paul Allen to his son Daniel recounting their individual stories. This book is set in the USA and I picked it as recommended by Richard and Judy book club.
The narrative was clear and did not distract from the story
Paul is a doctor of Rheumatology who is on his second marriage with 2 young sons. Paul's first marriage produced a son Daniel now aged 20 years. One evening a TV newsflash announces the assassination of a presidential candidate Mr Seagram. Paul learns that his 20-year old son Daniel has been arrested as the assassin.
The story then moves between Paul and Daniel telling their individual stories. Paul tries to understand how his distant but 'normal' son could commit such an act. Daniel's story goes towards the events of the shooting from his unique view.
Paul's journey takes him from denial to conspiracy theories and feelings that Daniel was brainwashed. Paul discusses other notorious assassin's of history like Sirhan Sirhan. I found these very interesting and felt the discussion added greatly to the narrative.
Part of Paul's journey includes dealing with the guilt he has as a parent. He feels the burden of his failure as a father to Daniel and of his abandonment of him following his divorce from his mother Paul wonders to what extent these factors may have contributed to Daniel's actions.
This book pulls deep at human emotions as this could be any father searching for clarity and meaning where no clear answer can be found. Paul eventually reaches acceptance of Daniel while acknowledging that his world will never be the same again. Acceptance brings clarity and a way forward for Paul and his family but with deep scars and 'what if's' that remain forever unanswered.