Thursday, 7 March 2013

Book review- 26a by Diana Evans

So I read this book a week ago. Took me about 2 days and I wanna describe my thoughts on this book in a few words-haunting, funny, nostalgic, witty, sad, blunt. It is a novel set in the UK, but partially set in Nigeria, about (don’t worry I won’t spoil the novel for you :-) ) a set of twins growing up, their struggles as young girls, then teenagers and finally women, coping with life as it is, coping with their parents and a not-too-happy home, coping with the past and the present and generally trying to fit in. I particularly loved the way the writer, Diana Evans (won the Orange Prize for New Writers by the way) was able to perfectly capture the thought-processes of a young, curious mind. You would read the book and be reminded of how you saw things as a little girl/boy, the analogies you made, the pure, innocent deductions, the expectations, hopes, disappointments.

I also liked how she illustrates the closeness between two siblings and how easy it is for them to drift apart. The book definitely haunted me to an extent-no I did not have nightmares or anything like that but if you have a penchant for the mystical, howbeit subtle, and in some instances not so subtle lol, then you would like the book. If you liked Chimamanda Adichie’s short story “Ghosts” from “The thing around your neck” about the man who had lost his wife and had some weird experiences where his wife would kinda visit him some nights and he wasn’t even scared at all (spooky huh) and he met an old friend who was believed to have died, and we couldn’t help wondering whether or not he had met a real man or a ghost….then you would enjoy the book. But do not get me wrong, it is only about 20 percent haunting; it is actually a very fine book that I would recommend anytime!

If you have read the book or have any comments please feel free to let me know what you think!  :-)

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