A poor African girl, Julian’s, Cinderella story by Sotonye Sagbe Boyle. It is a tale that twists and turns through the life and hardships of this daughter of a healer, Moriamho . What I loved about this short novel is the powerful imagery. The descriptions of African tribal life, enchantments and rituals, the pace of the city, the pain of a girl selling her body, all of these images came to life before my eyes as I read on.
Julian’s father is targeted by a group of evil men, who plot to take his powers of prophecy into their hands by their wrongdoings. She is left in the care of her mother, Eme, another character in the book with soft and firm undertones. From here on, the reader watches Julian’s life of trials unfold, even as she prostitutes herself and finds true love at the end.
The downside of the book is the language. I found it hard to plough through and too winding to understand, at times. The sentences are too long and the book could’ve done with simpler construction. Here, I quote:
“This is a part of the hatred against Moriamho by his consortium of implacable enemies, for they see him as one glutting with favour from the gods, and eliminating him would create an access way to perpetuate their evil plots, for they all eye supremacy at their various hierarchy in the occult realm to control the affairs of the clan.”
… which, frankly, for me, is a bit tough to get in one read.
Anyway, it was a good read, a simple story, which help up beliefs in simple faiths; of being good, honest, true, and kind.
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