Vicky Had One Eye Open by Darryl Samaraweera
Arrow Of God by Chinua Achebe
It’s never an easy thing to render speech patterns truthfully and believably. Some stranger idiosyncrasies can inevitably appear too strange to be real to those unaccustomed to them. Chinua Achebe does it expertly. The speech carries something almost everyday about it, whilst at the same time steeped in tradition and sometimes mysticism.
It’s an interesting journey into lives and experiences very different from my own, but again the strength of the story for me is that you can see the similarity of structure, routine and community, so that I ended up assured that they are not that different after all.
Over all I found it an object lesson in how we can interpret, and misinterpret both action and inaction, and what follows from those choices; of how the things we choose to or are compelled to believe shape the way we live, the choices we make and how we reach them.