One more book till the end of the challenge. Yaaay!
Welcome back to book review session of the blog! For those of you who have been keeping up with the #ReadingChallenge, well done! And if you haven’t, there is always next year! Yup, there will be another challenge next year! I’m super eager to wrap up the challenge for 2017, but I do post other books that I’m reading on Instagram, so you should definitely check out @lipglossmaffia for more book recommendations and reviews. I have also started a virtual bookclub on Whatsapp, if you would like to join, just send me an email with your phone number at email@example.com.
For me twenty-fifth pick, I chose…
*A Book From A Classic African Writer
Title: The Girl Who Can and Other Stories
Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books
My Ratings: 4 out of 5 stars
BLURB: In “The Girl Who Can”, the irrepressible Ama Ata Aidoo looks at the roles and rules, and the games people find themselves playing, often unwillingly. She analyses African women’s struggle to find their rightful place in society. Her stories raise issues of choice and conflict, teasing about the issues with disarming frankness. How do people behave in cross-cultural relationships? In the modern world, where a plastic label identifies us, what is our identity? Will African women be in the driving seat in the twenty-first century? With the zest and humour, Aidoo raises these questions and provides some challenging answers.
Here is what I love the most about these stories Rich, complex, layered women.
In many ways it is the same woman, just at different stages in her complicated life. These stories explore the motivations, compulsions, revulsions, pettiness, courage, confusion, strength and so much more of what makes up the mind and experience of today’s African woman. Steeped in fast changing culture. To read this book is to see parts of myself.
All the stories have female narrator’s/protagonists and deal with issues ranging from feminism, to motherhood, to multi-generational women in one family, to intercommunication among women, to sexism and gender roles and the influences of colonialism. Aidoo has a very conversational style, and narrators often speak directly to the reader or are in the process of telling a story to someone. There are fable-like elements in several of the stories. Damn! Do I need to go on?
Highly recommended read!
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