I just finished reading Uwem Akpan’s book entitled “Say You’re One of Them” and I had to tell someone what a great book it was and how much I enjoyed reading it.
So, after sharing my thoughts and links with all of my friends on Facebook (oh the power of social media!), I just wanted to let you all know that Mr. Akpan did a great job! (Yes I admit, I did also write to the author to congratulate him on a job well done and received a short message of appreciation! It made my day).
Each story hit close to home. Having lived in Guinea, worked for a women’s rights organization (fighting against trafficking), experienced first hand the result of the conflict between religions in Nigeria, studied the history of Rwanda and worked to better the lives of children in Africa, each story was for me a chance to experience all this again through a child’s eyes.
The way Akpan tells each story is amazing! The “quickness” of children in general is beautifully illustrated along with the simple and sometimes abrupt ways they start to understand life.
My favorite story was the one that lends its title to the novel: “Say you’re one of them”. I won’t give away too much but let’s just say that in one short story, Akpan is able to bring together so many different points of views about religion in one small bus. It is so interesting to see a small group of refugees escaping a war-torn zone share their views about Nigerian society.
As we say in French “chapeau”! Job well done!
Read the novel and let me know which was your favorite story and why!