I know it’s been a while since I’ve been on here but my life took quite the turn mid-June and through me off the track of a lot of the things I had planned to do, in particular here on the blog. So let’s get on to the positive. What is 24 books to Christmas? 24 Books to Christmas is my chance to introduce you to 24 books I think you’d like and that you could even give as a gift for Christmas or any other celebratory moment. So let’s get started with the first book:
Born on a Tuesday is going to be the first book I’m recommend. I had the pleasure of rereading it last week to participate in a literary event that took place on Saturday in Paris hosted by Book and Brunch Paris and La Cene Littéraiare. Elnathan John, winner of Le Prix les Afriques, was there answering our questions and speaking passionately about Born on a Tuesday, Be(com)ing Nigerian, and on the importance of black authors telling their own stories.
Born on a Tuesday is a coming-of-age story of Ahmad alias Dantala. The story begins with Dantala hanging with a gang of street boys in Bayan Layi. We continue to follow is growth as he changes while Islamic fundamentalism is growing in the very mosque that is his home. this story is perfectly written in an endearing first person and Elnathan John leaves no stone unturned concerning the character development and storyline.
I recommend this one for lovers of Nigerian literature, coming-of-age stories, and stories that delve into culture and religion. The book does contain some sexual content and violence neither of which are gratuitous. I’d say it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year and in 2017 when I read it the first time.
Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John
Publisher: Cassava Republic
My rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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