Reading Update: And After Many Days by Jowhor Ile

I’m back! After two months of not posting anything here, I want to hide. lol I got busy with my life (new endeavors, important tasks, etc.) and reading books has been compromised. I seriously miss it. The feelings I get when I read books especially non-fiction are simply amazing. Speaking of compromise, I haven’t yet finished A Tale of Two Cities and the Picture of Dorian Gray. 😦 I hope they don’t get mad at me. 🙂 I’ll get back to these two after writing a book review for this new book.

I just started reading this yesterday and I’m in the process of grasping the new words I’ve encountered. Haha Reading this book is kind of exciting for me because it’s an African novel and I haven’t read one before. Here’s a synopsis I got from Goodreads, of what the novel is about:

An unforgettable debut novel about a boy who goes missing, a family that is torn apart, and a nation on the brink

During the rainy season of 1995, in the bustling town of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, one family’s life is disrupted by the sudden disappearance of seventeen-year-old Paul Utu, beloved brother and son. As they grapple with the sudden loss of their darling boy, they embark on a painful and moving journey of immense power which changes their lives forever and shatters the fragile ecosystem of their once ordered family. Ajie, the youngest sibling, is burdened with the guilt of having seen Paul last and convinced that his vanished brother was betrayed long ago. But his search for the truth uncovers hidden family secrets and reawakens old, long forgotten ghosts as rumours of police brutality, oil shortages, and frenzied student protests serve as a backdrop to his pursuit.
In a tale that moves seamlessly back and forth through time, Ajie relives a trip to the family’s ancestral village where, together, he and his family listen to the myths of how their people settled there, while the villagers argue over the mysterious Company, who found oil on their land and will do anything to guarantee support. As the story builds towards its stunning conclusion, it becomes clear that only once past and present come to a crossroads will Ajie and his family finally find the answers they have been searching for.
And After Many Days introduces Ile’s spellbinding ability to tightly weave together personal and political loss until, inevitably, the two threads become nearly indistinguishable. It is a masterful story of childhood, of the delicate, complex balance between the powerful and the powerless, and a searing portrait of a community as the old order gives way to the new.

This time around, I’ll try my very best to make time for reading even for just a short time like 15-30 mins everyday or every other day. Look forward for a review of this on July and a book review about Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge is coming up soon here on the blog.


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