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This Earth, My Brother by Kofi Awoonor

This Earth, My Brother

by Kofi Awoonor

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Part of book project. You see, somebody has written a whole book on critical views of this book. You can tell it is important but I didn't like it at all. Please don't be surprised by a spoiler or 2. I couldn't really follow the narrative. The main character was a real jerk. I had trouble feeling sympathy. How could he treat his wife like that? And she had just come back from England, or did the narration wander even more than I thought it was doing? The stream of consciousness was hard to follow and it didn't work for me. The book didn't work for me. I should know more history. The ugliness has a purpose I know, the "earthiness" too -- how can I be as old & well-read as I am and still stop with an unpleasant feeling when a writer uses the words and images of bodily functions. But it did bother me and it put me off. I thought I would get into a story, with characters or a world I could care about, but I never did.
  franoscar | Jun 14, 2009 |
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