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Akwaeke Emezi

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Verk av Akwaeke Emezi

Freshwater (2018) 1,095 exemplar
Pet (2019) 1,040 exemplar
The Death of Vivek Oji (2020) 916 exemplar
Bitter (2022) 163 exemplar
Content Warning: Everything (2022) 46 exemplar
Little Rot: A Novel (2024) 5 exemplar
Little Rot (2024) 1 exemplar

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Granta 158: In the Family (2022) — Bidragsgivare — 26 exemplar

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I wouldn't say it's a new favorite, but interesting and thoughtful. What it takes to build and maintain a utopia is sometimes scary and harsh---that's given verbal acknowledgement at the beginning of the book, and then shown in practice through the rest.

The writing is a little young for the characters' ages (they're supposed to be what, 16?). On the other hand, part of the story is about the dangers of enforced naivety, so maybe it does fit. The theme of coming into adulthood as a person separate from your parents and making your own decisions is very appropriately teenager, though maybe expressed in the story with more clarity than most teenagers would be able to muster.

Every character had a really different voice---vocabulary, grammar, accent, method of speaking---which, come to think of it, is an interesting artistic choice! I particularly liked Pet's longer bits of dialogue, repetitive and poetic.
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caedocyon | 41 andra recensioner | Feb 23, 2024 |
Note: Overdrive e-book version omits a bunch of non-Latin letters if you don't let it set its own font. I learned this with [b:My Sister, the Serial Killer|38819868|My Sister, the Serial Killer|Oyinkan Braithwaite|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1523366732l/38819868._SY75_.jpg|60394238] and then promptly forgot, only remembering after I finished. Goddamnit.

3.5*, rounded up because I'm feeling generous today, but it really could go either way.

In the broad strokes I liked this---both a quick, engaging read and made some really interesting artistic choices. I'm less certain all those choices were successful. The most obvious one is use of foreshadowing: Emezi leans hard on "X had no way of knowing how big a mistake that would turn out to be!" in order to whip up an atmosphere of foreboding, perilousness, and tragedy. It gets noticeably repetitive, and sometimes the promised comeuppance doesn't actually happen (e.g. the story of the python in the bathroom...?). It also weirdly flattens some of the big emotional moments in Ada's life, where you already know a lot about what's going to happen (e.g. the end of Ada's marriage) by the time it actually happens, and then Emezi has to dribble in new details to actually make the pain/despair of the moment felt. (Vague spoilers: The student loans thing really got me. It's a concrete manifestation of the destruction and devastation on everyone in the blast radius that we're otherwise told about more distantly---say, breaking the older brother's heart. The loans are a distant way to put it, too, just more concrete than breaking boys' hearts. ...and around and around I go!)

I think one could make an argument for heavy foreshadowing as an intentional stylistic choice, since the story's being told by a chorus of narrators/heavily influenced by oral storytelling and folktales, but... IDK, you know? Bouncing around temporally this way took some of the sting out of the most brutal moments (there are a lot and they are quite explicit, just FYI), and I'm not sure if it was supposed to do that or no.
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caedocyon | 47 andra recensioner | Feb 22, 2024 |
I absolutely tore through this collection of poetry from Akwaeke Emezi. Heresy has always been my shit, so a collection that imagines Jesus & Mary as family, that is seduced by Magdalene, that refers casually to its narrator as a little god, well, I am just saying this collection was even more my vibe than I expected.

There are some pieces that feel like callbacks to Freshwater, and I really need to make haste to catch up on absolutely everything Emezi has written.

Listen, I have spent decades treating books as sacred objects that should not be marked, spun, or mutilated, but this book had me underlining favorite lines like I had been doing it forever. (All of these are better in context, naturally):
spiritbae tells me stories over whatsapp

— from "When the Hurricane Comes the Men Protect Their Brothers"

I don't tell him how little he matters how I have his type at home

— from "Disclosure"

I am the son of god
worry about yourself

— from "What if My Father Called Jesus a Bastard"

This was such an impulse purchase but I am so glad I made it!
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greeniezona | 1 annan recension | Feb 18, 2024 |
A beautifully written tragedy that explores the mystery and secrets surrounding the death of a young man whose life itself was shrouded in secrets kept from his overbearing mother and distant father.
 
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bschweiger | 32 andra recensioner | Feb 4, 2024 |

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Verk
10
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Medlemmar
3,942
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#6,414
Betyg
4.0
Recensioner
144
ISBN
116
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10
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