Wednesday, 1 January 2014

REVIEW: Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi



Source: Borrowed
Publish Date: March 5th 2013
Publisher: Penguin Press HC
ASIN/ISBN: 9781594204494
Format: ebook
Genre: Adult, Literature
Pages: 310
Date Read: December 22, 2013


Description
Kweku Sai is dead. A renowned surgeon and failed husband, he succumbs suddenly at dawn outside his home in suburban Accra. The news of Kweku’s death sends a ripple around the world, bringing together the family he abandoned years before.
Ghana Must Go is their story. Electric, exhilarating, beautifully crafted, Ghana Must Go is a testament to the transformative power of unconditional love, from a debut novelist of extraordinary talent.

Moving with great elegance through time and place, Ghana Must Go charts the Sais’ circuitous journey to one another. In the wake of Kweku’s death, his children gather in Ghana at their enigmatic mother’s new home. The eldest son and his wife; the mysterious, beautiful twins; the baby sister, now a young woman: each carries secrets of his own. What is revealed in their coming together is the story of how they came apart: the hearts broken, the lies told, the crimes committed in the name of love. Splintered, alone, each navigates his pain, believing that what has been lost can never be recovered—until, in Ghana, a new way forward, a new family, begins to emerge.

Ghana Must Go is at once a portrait of a modern family, and an exploration of the importance of where we come from to who we are. In a sweeping narrative that takes us from Accra to Lagos to London to New York, Ghana Must Go teaches that the truths we speak can heal the wounds we hid


Review
For all the hype, Ghana Must Go is terribly underwhelming.

It is not "electric" or "exhilarating". The narrative is not "sweeping".

There are interesting moments, heart warming words and great use of words but they're easily forgettable in the midst of all the "poetic" stuff.

The technique is terrible and leaves you confused for the most part.It's a great idea but it didn't work. It felt disorganised sometimes.The first part of the book is tedious and difficult to follow. I had to reread pages several times to get the point.It got better after half of the second part.

It's a great story, there are some nice characters (Olu & Kehinde are my favourites) but for all the hype, I expected more.


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Rating
3 stars

Recommended
to no one really. If you think you can get past all the "poetic" nonsense

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