I have meant to write this review for some weeks now.
My other book reviews so far have been positive but I have to say this book did not do it for me so much so that I only got one-third of the way through it. I tried to continue on but to no avail.
It has interesting characters and I identify with them but it’s written in a style that reminds me of James Joyce or a psychology textbook, that is, overly wordy and too in-depth at such a continuous rate that after a while you tend to go blind and can’t see the words for the page anymore.
I would have to be in a very specific head space and have a lot of time to be able to try to read it again. I found that by the second section of the book I didn’t want to read on in case it was as convoluted and complex as the first part. I couldn’t get the feeling as to whether to story was moving forwards or backwards in time and in fact it was moving everywhere all the time that if I put the book down and couldn’t get to it for a day or two then I lost all the detail I had previously read and spent my time catching up again, or trying to, on the characters and their connections, who was who, and what was what. By the time I’d done that I was ready to go to sleep.
Below is a link to a review of someone who was able to appreciate the book, just to give another perspective because I don’t the book should be completely written off. But for me it was not an enjoyable experience. I might try again next year or in my holidays when I have more child-free time to dedicate to it and see how far I can get.
- Taiye Selasi – Ghana Must Go (Current Read Excerpt) (thenigerianstoryteller.wordpress.com)
- Ghana Must Go, A Novel (theafricanbookreview.com)