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Interesting with a twist at end
on May 23, 2009
Kambili is a teenager growing up in Nigeria in a family where her father rules with an iron hand, where duty, family and religion are elevated above all else. Where love is frequently spoken of but seldom practised. The contrast between traditional and modern life is distinct. When Kambili and Jaja her brother visit her aunt in another town, things change, the same things are important but this is a loving household where they somehow manage to marry the old with the new, and instead of God being an oppressive figure, there is affirmation even rejuvenation and questioning what is taught is encouraged rather than punished. This is a coming of age story that many readers will enjoy.There was a surprise at the end I did not see coming, it was shocking but then again that is what makes a good story teller. Pulling one out of the bag when the audience least expects it. In the end Kambili emerges more grown up, confident and in control of her destiny.