Here are two quickie reviews on a couple of my recent reads, actually by two pretty prolific authors.
This will be a quickie review because, honestly, I feel kind of indifferent about Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
I’ve heard great things, but it just left me thinking the book was kind of moderate.
Basically, it tells the story of a Nigerian family who encounters struggles such as tribal regulations and the onslaught of Christian missionaries.
Things Fall Apart is considered almost a classic, so don’t let my review deter you necessarily.
The next review is on The Tent by Margaret Atwood, which helps to fulfill my Project Atwood requirement. The Tent is a short book filled with super short stories (2 pages usually, sometimes less). I have to say I have mixed feelings on these. The book is split up into 3 sections, and I enjoyed the second section the best. The first section I just didn’t understand.
But I did enjoy some of the satirical quotes from the stories. Here are some of my favorites:
“No more photos. Surely there are enough. No more shadows of myself thrown by light onto pieces of paper, onto squares of plastic.” – p. 25
“You’re not my real parents, every child has thought. I’m not your real child. But with orphans, it’s true. What freedom, to thumb your nose authentically!” – p. 29
“What are we do to? The child sex trade is not for us: our children are unattractive and rude, and – due to the knowledge of our history – have a bad habit of mugging prospective customers and shoving them over cliffs.” – p. 60
The Tent is super short and a very quick read, so if you’re a huge Atwood fan, check it out. Some of the stories were great, some were bizarre.
Have you read them? What do you think?