How I Felt While Reading “Children Of Blood And Bone”
At first, I felt violated and spiritually defiled. You can’t blame me that my spiritual senses were offended. I mean I was reading about oya, sango, obaluaye, death and incantations.
I began to imagine Tomi putting the words in this book together. I asked myself “what was she thinking?”
Having grown in the abroad, how did she know so much about ancient tradition or how was it easy to have imagined all she wrote.
But I understood better after reading her profile. She’s a Harvard graduate who also studied western culture in Brazil.. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil.
The book was a very brilliant piece and the key word is ‘mythology’. When it ended, I began to miss the characters…zelie and inan especially. And the thought that was running through my head was that the book would make a blockbuster if turned into a movie. With what I just gleaned from her website, production is already going on and that’s good news. I will definitely be rooting for the movie and will watch it ecstatically.
When I see quality books like this, I feel cheated for not studying English or creative writing. Honestly, the pen is mightier than everything else. As a creator of art and beautiful stories, you are a god.
It’s one book I won’t forget in a hurry. Romance mixed with action, thrills, ecstasy, anticipation, magic and foreboding. It makes serious sense. How an African American can have such a brilliant home appeal still beats me. This is a personal challenge.
I am currently reading Chibundu Onuzo’s “Welcome To Lagos”. I read the reviews when it came out. It was written by a Nigerian in the diaspora as well and it’s a summation of the impasse called Nigeria. I will try not to judge her through Tomi Adeyemi’s brilliance. I will be back to do a review when I am through.
With the way I’m going, I will probably be doing a book review all year round. I plan to read so much this year. I have close to 1000books on my laptop, almost 500 on my bookshelve and another large quantity of about 300 on my phone. So it’s now everywhere you go.
Make I no lie, toke Makinwa’s on becoming got me annoyed in the end. May I never lack the courage to remain a rebel and a despiser of clueless men who are popularly known as CP(community penis). May I never take trash in the name of love and may my eyes never be blinded by emotions again in this life. Thank God she now wants to “become” but in all your becoming, have sense.