This is a very heavy but good read. You'll need a few weeks and something mindless afterwards to even begin to recover. There is much in the book that is difficult, but anything that makes us face our own empty humanness is difficult. So are things that tie tongues in knots. There’s a lot of Hausa and Arabic, and I cannot tell one from the other, written out in Latin script. The reviews on the back of the book compare Elnathan to Achebe. But Born on a Tuesday feels far more accessible to an outsider than Achebe. More: [...]
One of the most powerful books I've read in a long time. Set in Nigeria amidst militant extremism, corruption, and civil war- this book was so much more eye opening than a newspaper article. I can't recommend this book enough for anyone interested in how fundamentalism spreads and poisons.
It was,a hard book in ways, because the situations are real and the struggles are true. West Africa is hard to capture, because for Westerners rarely catch all the facets. This Nigerian man has written a superb story that rings true, and will definitely educate all who read it. I loved this novel.
This is not only a story about the horrors inflicted on children in Nigeria but, just as much, on all children in war zones and, particularly, where religious extremism (no matter what religion) spreads like a malignancy. I recently read an article that told how Elie Wiesel, shortly after surviving the death camps, went to Disneyland on assignment for a newspaper. He absolutely loved it, saying that no one who actually had a childhood could imagine what it meant to him, who never had a childhood at all. This book left me wishing that I could take Dantala, the first person narrator of this amazing story, to Disneyland. He's just a kid, but a kid without a childhood. You must read this.
It was difficult to put this book down although parts of it were quite disturbing. Very well-written; good character development; an effective voice for a way of life that is so different from ours. The every day violence and disregard for life is difficult to understand, but this book makes you think about it in a new way.