Thursday, 1 April 2010

WIZARD OF THE CROW by Ngugi wa Thiong'o


Oh god. This didn't go well. It was given to me as a very kind gift. The back cover, a review, calls it a "remarkable book that will be widely read . . a sprawling analogy." Hmmm. Remarkable how? Remarkably bad?

And sprawling? This clearly means: needs editing.

I tried for 70 pages or so, but I just couldn't do it. I could just tell he was settling in for a long one, and I couldn't handle it. I feel bad, because they've even dressed the crow up on the front in Zimbabwean colours, because it's about a dictator, so I give them props for that, but I just couldn't handle it.

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