So today I am going to be writing about two completely different books that i have recently read.
Don’t Let’s go to the dogs: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller
Don’t lets go to the dogs: An African childhood by Alexandra Fuller is a memoir of her childhood in Africa (as the name suggests). It shows an environment full of shocking racism that was normal for her as a child. Her family has to deal with immense tradegy however they are in the end a very unified family. You find yourself confronted with a normality of terrorist attacks and bombs that even her childhood car trip songs refer to the blowing up of mines. The memoir gives you a taste of the intense racism and violence that was commonplace in her childhood. This book isn’t one for the sensitive as I found myself cringing countless time
Reading this book I enjoyed the stories of a life very different from my own, the memoir shows struggles that they deal with and makes me grateful for what I have. All of the stories which Alexandra tells are impacting and I found myself thinking about it afterwards. Written in a child’s voice it is a plain honest recount. There are moments of intense wisdom from the older Alexandra balanced with the innocence of a young Bobo (Alexandra fuller’s nickname as a child). Despite the interesting and engaging stories I found it a book difficult to get into, this memoir time jumps and it became very confusing and disorientating at times. I generally dislike lots of time jumps in books and this wasn’t an exception. Jumping from when Bobo was 6 to 14 then back to 9 makes it a hard book to become attached to reading.
I would recommend this book if it is something you think you would be interested in. I gave it 3.5/5
Pride and Prejudice: Graphic novel by Stacy King
*I received this graphic novel from netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review
I feel obliged to warn you that I love pride and prejudice by Jane Austen and am very harsh on adaptions so bear that in mind whilst reading my thoughts.
This graphic novel is an adaption of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. This graphic novel follows the general storyline with a few differences. This graphic novel is a manga adaption, the style of drawings are very over exaggerated and represent the shoujo style. The most thing that I noticed that irritated me is that all of the detail is focused around the hair of the characters with very little on the settings. In pride and prejudice you visit so many wonderful manors and in this adaption they just are bland. This aspect of the novel dampened my whole view of it sadly. The language used is simpler then jane austen’s so I can see this being a good companion to the novel. I don’t have that much to say about this novel just because it was very bland and uninspiring for me. I personally wouldn’t recommend it however I do see where some people will enjoy it.
I gave it 2/5