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- Print Length: 167 pages
- Publisher: AuthorSuite Books; 1 edition (May 9, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 9, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07145RDVJ
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Black Gold was an interesting read. Cerebral at times, emotional at times, but accurate portrayals of life at all times!
Themes that held me throughout the novel were:
1. The inter-racial marriage—the joy of being free to choose, the pain of the disruption of relationships, of outgrowing family, and the pain of missing the ones you love who no longer understand who you have become. The pain of knowing you cannot go back. “Home” is no longer your home.
2. The unsettling environment of “the first ‘real job,’” of being easy prey for the pawn movers, and knowing there is little you can do to protect or defend yourself.
The plot centers around how two brilliant, but impulsive university students find each other from opposite sides of the globe, and how these naive “babes in the woods” navigate the treacherous waters of the corporate world while keeping their relationship intact. The pacing of the story line fit with the topic—no slow slogging parts!
However, I think it would have added to the story if the author had included conversations Femi & Jessica should have had about some of the “obstacles” they encountered. I think it would have enriched the story and educated the readers about the power of traditions in our lives.
The characters—Kudos, Augustine Sam, your characters walk off the page, from Femi and Jessica to the cigar puffing corporate CEO, and the confused parents who grieved, watching their son walk away with his foreign bride.
The writing—I found the writing excellent. Sam is able to draw word pictures that cause a reader to “see” the picture the author has in his mind. Although I often felt distanced from the action on the page, almost as if in the narrator’s head, periodically the author would drop the reader down into the emotion of the characters. For example, the scene of shock when Femi understood that the job he had was not the job he signed up for, when he understood how dangerous and tentative his situation was, how his boss was possibly corrupt, and how he could do little to nothing to stop the train he was on! When he realized that if he messed up this assignment, just how tentative his job, and possibly his life was...that scene was palpable! The editing was also excellent—no typo distractions or grammar confusions. I appreciate a clean read.
Recommendations – I would recommend Black Gold to a general adult audience who enjoy good writing addressing current social issues. I would especially recommend it to people who have experienced the psychological stretching that happens to a person immersed in and accepted by a second culture, and to those about to enter into the big, bad, “real working world.”
Femi and Jessica have just graduated college and, impulsively, gotten married when the story begins on their honeymoon. Femi has two job offers in front of him and the couple decides to fly to America to check out the offer from VenChemical, thinking Femi can accept the other offer if this one isn't a good fit. Soon, they are being flown here and there as Femi is sent to make a deal for VenChemical. And we soon discover the owner of VenChemical is NOT a very nice man. He plays Jessica against Femi, for starters, and things go downhill for the couple from there.
Unfortunately, the end of the book leaves a lot of details unresolved and, at this time, I'm not aware of a sequel that would tie those strings up.
We are led to believe that this couple is so passionately in love with each other that they lost their head and got married the day of their graduation. I say lost their heads because they have clearly not thought about "what next?". They have no jobs, albeit job offer comes to Femi but that's still not a guarantee. The female character Jessica states "I know we didn't see the obstacles coming." The whole idea seems foolish to me that these two smart individuals got suckered into marriage without a plan and really didn't see how this might end badly. I figure the point being made in the book is that they knew they were right for each other and were madly in love with each other. However it fell flat because the characters aren't in fact portrayed as passionately in love. To have us as readers believe this, the characters must be first portrayed to us as mad with passion for each other to make them do such a crazy thing. What we get is a 'meh' idyllic love. The attention to details placed in describing just about everything you can think of should have been placed in showcasing Femi's love for Jessica and Jessica's love for Femi. From the get-go, they seem like a couple already married for 50 years and so not much spark is left except the comfort of being with each other. Their conversation doesn't give you the feeling "we're so in love with each other, Femi, we just had to get married straight out of college because we couldn't live another moment without being man and wife". They are supposed to be Just-Married!
Another thing is that this seems more like Femi's love affair with the company that hires him than a romance story between him and Jessica. At times I felt it was a social commentary of the way things actually are with the big companies wanting to bribe and get their hands on oil in a part of Africa (I hope I get it right because it was information overload in the book to be honest and I didn't really follow.) and Femi and Jessica are thrown in the mix to help the story along. Instead of what I believe should be the main focus, that is, a young couple being married out of college, passionately in love so they don't even think about consequences of their actions. They experience rifts as their lack of money, keeping secrets from each other,dirty dealings, a family who won't accept her because she's white threaten their relationship.
At times the story feels unreal. How could Femi not know that his customs would be against him marrying Jessica? Yes, he's been gone for college, but customs don't change overnight and he would have been born and raised, inculcated in that belief. Then he brings her home and is flabbergasted that they do not accept her. This would have been better portrayed that he knows the customs are there but his blind love for Jessica and believing he could get his parents to accept her. <<why did Femi not have any contact with his family while he was studying? There's no channel for conversation in all those years.How comes they never knew about Jessica even when they were dating>>
I'd have liked to see more drama between Femi and Jessica over issues, instead their arguments most times, though it's about serious matters feel like a childish "shut up. "no you shut up" which is actually what happens. He should be angry at her for taking the call from VenChemical and keeping it a secret and they should have bitter argument before making up in a passionate scene which shows their love for each other. You get the feeling at the end of reading this book that in the future this couple is going to break up eventually because they are not thinking clearly at all.
Femi and Jessica met and fell in love in Venice while in school. They both have a first class degree, one in chemistry, the other in economics. They're in love, and broke, but this doesn't stop them from living life and making the most of it. When both are offered jobs in different places, life gets to be a bit more realistic. With the job offers come unrealistic expectations and nightmare situations. Will their love be able to survive?