Wickedly funny and devastatingly moving, 26a is an extraordinary first novel, a successor to Zadie Smith's White Teeth and Monica Ali's Brick Lane. Part fairytale, part nightmare, it moves from the mundane to the magical with flair and imagination.
"Bittersweet...an alluring blend of fairytales and nightmares." (Daily Mail)
I only gave this book 3 stars because I felt it was rather confusing at times and I did not, overall care for it. However; the narrator was AWESOME. I have never heard a better storyteller. She was nothing short of fantastic. She gets 8 stars and the book gets one for an average of 3 stars.
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I've made three attempts to get into this book. I really struggled to connect with the narrative and the characters, or find any interest or enjoyment in the few chapters I read. Despite all the great reviews and an interesting synopsis, which attracted me in the first instance, I'm throwing in the towel.
I dutifully started listening to this book to prepare for a summer school but rapidly became totally engaged by the lives of these characters and discovered why twins are so fascinating to storytellers. Twinhood highlights for us the human desire to be our autonomous selves and yet part of someone else. The family has roots in Nigeria and in England and the story magically weaves these two threads together.There are mythic elements in the narrative as well as references to the fortunes of Princess Di which form an echo of what is happening to the twins and their parents and siblings. Fresh writing depicts the every day with both humour and also heart-searing sadness. The narrator had a completely sympathetic voice which, for me, intensely enhanced the story.I didn't want to say good-bye to her voice either.