Last night, six ladies met to discuss a variety of books by esteemed Nigerian author, Ben Okri.
I made a prediction, a few weeks ago, that one member of the club would love the book, while the others would struggle to finish it. Gold star to me, I was right!
One thing we did agree upon – Okri is a beautiful writer. It must be wonderful inside his head, because he writes with such gentleness and clarity. It is though he sees the entire world as pure sunshine, and wants everybody else to see the wonder that he does. Indeed, admirable.
But while trying to express everything he envisions, he can come across as the dreaded “too descriptive”. One member spoke about her book which took place on a train travelling across Europe. As she has been to Europe multiple times, she found that Okri’s descriptions of the countryside took her right back there – but excessively so. To quote: “Four pages describing the interior of a train is a bit much”.
The one member who DID love the book had the following to say: “Even though this is set in a bad part of Africa, he still had such beautiful things to say about it. I learned some new words, some of which I would like to start using in my own writing. Overall I think his writing is about following your heart and living your life your way.”
The rest, while unable to finish the book they chose, did agree that he writes beautifully and admired the way he was able to view hardship, but still find beauty.
Our rating ranged from 2 – 5 stars, giving Okri’s work an overall rating of 2.6/5
Next month we will be reading John Green’s ‘The Fault in Our Stars’.
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.