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Uwem Akpan's debut signals the arrival of a breathtakingly talented writer who gives a matter-of-fact reality to the most extreme circumstances in stories that are nothing short of transcendent.
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By Sophia on 05-02-11
This book invokes so many different emotions. I makes you wonder how much of it is fiction because the narrators did such a wonderful job at reading the story that one would think that they were telling their own life stories. I love this book and I recommend it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Paul Z. on 06-09-10
Ugly but Beautiful
I picked this up because of a review I heard on NPR, not because of anything to do with Oprah, but I almost feel like I must have listened to a different book than the other reviewers. The stories were fresh and engaging. Akpan is a morbid O'Henry, or maybe a Rhole Dahl (as in his adult stories, not Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). If I had any criticisms of this book they would be that first, I knew where each train wreck was headed (though like a train wreak I could not look away) and second that I could see where someone could have a hard time with the ascent of the first narrator (though it makes sense for an African to narrate a story of an African child). I loved this book.
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