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And the opening lines and prefatory descriptions of protagonist 'My Luck' and his world similarly cut me down and bludgeoned me into something else, something ready to at least be told about the horrors of this setting. And horrible it all is. Going into this book please bear in mind that very little in the way of taboo is left untouched or unmentioned. The atrocities of war, the ease of violating any and all inherent morality by way of 'just following orders' or simply abandoning oneself to the bacchanalian insanity of wartime savagery rape, brutalizing, cannibalization are put on full display in sparse un-ornamented prose that lays bare the true hell this all is.

Very much in keeping with the tradition of "The Painted Bird" the entirety of this novella is told from the perspective of a young child, the aforementioned 'My Luck'. But unlike that equally brilliant classic also about the horror of humanity and the incredible potential and ability to survive of that classic, here, the child protagonist is not only victim but perpetrator, literal killer the figuratively killed. An interesting continuation and even revising of something I've come to call 'trauma literature'.

But there's more to this story than just its base depictions of rank barbarism and inhumanity. There's a beauty that intertwines itself with all this madness. Some context: I read this book in one sitting as part of the syllabus for a seminar in narrative I'm taking towards my masters and while I read the book I listened, as I often do, to music. With those gorgeously haunting notes, including the Melanasian choir voices towards the end, humming and rising me, crashing me down with each subsequent track, I felt less and less inured and comfortable as I read the story.

Less and less I was in a comfortable den in Marina del Rey, California, reading a great book to great music while taking sips from a cool drink as a late fall breeze kicked up the star light dappled waters of the nearby waterway. I was stripped bare with each page, each line, each paragraph of this story, the layers of comfort and stability, of warmth, and hope, and assurance, all peeled back in rapid succession leaving behind a growing and desperately ravenous anxiety that quickened my breathing, softened the sharpness of my vision and made more and more difficult the act of reading.

However, though all this was happening, and the task of reading was difficult, the act of comprehending was not. I absorbed each word, devoured each word like a gift of water in an arid desert. There's a beauty in the small moments of humanity depicted that allow My Luck, and by extension we the readers, respite from the horrors around him.

Small moments that show that beneath the horrific exteriors of most there might, just might, beat human hearts capable of love, morality, and sustaining life rather than ending it.

Read this book. It's a harrowing and destructive, but ultimately redemptive kind of necessary. This is fiction at its most diamond hard and cuttingly beautiful. Apr 30, Naz Read Diverse Books rated it really liked it. As a reader, I believe one of my duties is to experience the narratives of people from all over the world and to expose myself to the lived experiences of as many cultures as possible.

Those stories are wonderful and we love to read and be enriched by them. But our world is also full of nightmares and horrors that far too many people live and encounter on a daily basis.

We may choose to go about our daily lives not thinki As a reader, I believe one of my duties is to experience the narratives of people from all over the world and to expose myself to the lived experiences of as many cultures as possible. We all do this and I am no exception. Jul 29, Kathrina rated it really liked it Shelves: nigerian. A quick read that lies heavy in the heart. Justifies my love for GraceLand , a favorite book from Abani combines tough truth with lyricism.

Firstly, let me say how beautiful the cover is on this novel. The falling skulls and feathers are beautiful. Who is a child soldier in West Africa. The novel is not graphic in its depictions of violence.

It deals with violence and brutality but has been done in an intelligent manner and not to shock the reader. After waking up alone and abandoned, he attempts to make his journey back to his platoon. But the longer he is separated from them the more he becomes aware of his own wrong doing and the evil that surrounds him.

The violence has seeped into every part of his soul and he can no longer process his personal journey. That is, until he is separated from his platoon. He was fuelled by revenge, grief and pain. After witnessing the murder of his own beloved mother.

Beginning with a scene where starving villages turned to cannibalism for food. After their training the soldiers are to have their vocal chords severed. So that their screams can not be heard and give away their location.

This is just the beginning of the brutality inflicted upon these children. Neither side of the war, knows where they are. He is tortured by his past and who he has become. But at times appears to be immature and emotionally stunted. He may know his way around an AK47, but what he needs most is a hug. As a mother of two young sons, 11yrs and 6yrs old. My heart ached. But My Luck is not getting a childhood.

He is getting a life of violence and despair. He puts a bullet in his head and assumes the role of platoon leader.

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