I read This House is Not for Sale by E.C. Osondu over the weekend. It is a collection of vignettes, organized around the conceit of “Grandpa’s house” on the outskirts of (maybe) Lagos, where misfits and miscreants share a common roof under the (reasonably) wise tutelage and patronage of “Grandpa” who appears as a deus ex machina in most stories to resolve the problem. Written in a style that I am coming to label “classical Nigerian” (spare, unadorned prose) though with occasional forays into a more experimental style (“Ibe”), the vignettes are mostly compelling. But it is hard to pinpoint why the book is worth reading. The stories are nowhere near as memorable as, say, the stories in Ben Okri’s Stars of the New Curfew, even though they deal with similar themes of the misery that afflicts poor people in urban Nigeria. Osondu is a really good writer, and I look forward to a proper novel. I think he will do a fantastic job.
Blogs I Follow
- Are you joking here New York Times? So what if it is James Heckman… the sample size is 37!
- Trump’s “America First” rhetoric? William Wyler had it pegged back in 1946.
- For everyone who served on a committee that had to write a report
- Maybe you studied abroad in Spain? Then you should watch El fin de ETA!
- Economic justice and basic income
- Activité à la bibliothèque de Kaya
- Une délégation de FAVL chez le Dima de Boussouma
- Les femmes mentors de Barsalogho II visitent la bibliothèque de Barsalogho
- Visite de la Coordinatrice régionale de CRS/Afrique de l'Ouest à la bibliothèque de Boussouma
- Sortie de supervision à la bibliothèque de Sebba
- Deuxième discussion du club de lecture à Bantogdo
- Don de livres en langues nationales
- Des journaux planètes enfants et planètes j'aime lire dans les bibliothèques de FAVL-BBII
- Don de livres à la bibliothèque communautaire de Zimtanga
- Books delivered to three Ghana libraries
- Camp de lecture à l'école Silmiyiri de Ouagadougou
- Great article about one of the FAVL donors who helped make a library happen in Burkina Faso
- AYA Afrika Foundation helps continue after school reading program in libraries in Ghana
- New motor bike for FAVL/CESRUD Ghana
- Visite guidée à la bibliothèque communautaire de Dablo