I was taken in by the clever language in this book. I say clever rather than pretty because I was more impressed by Oyeyemi's sharp, clean insights into human nature than by beautiful descriptive prose. In the true spirit of magical realism, many of the stranger elements in the book (like Perdita's talking half-plant dolls) aren't exactly explained. They are just accepted.
Many reviews state that the plot of the story is difficult to follow. I did not necessarily find this to be true, especially after the first two chapters. However you should be prepared for quick, sometimes improbable plot twists. And don't expect to have all your questions neatly tied up with a bow on top by the end of the book.
Other than that, enjoy the treat!
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Picador (12 March 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1447299434
- ISBN-13: 978-1447299431
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)