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The Blight is a tragicomic African mystery about a disorientated man's quest to regain his soul, literally. This creepy tale unravels through the flawed protagonist’s own twisted observations on a journey with disparate characters from the mean, pathetic psyche of turn-of-the-millennium urban West Africa. ‘The Blight’, an introspective of contemporary sensibilities, tackles the burning taboos of sexuality, politics, religion, education, tribe, pan-Africanism, corruption, class, sexual repression and wealth from a humorous and original, yet lucid point of view. Ansong wishes to die so he can regain his soul; Larepoh desires new breasts so she can ‘live’; Valentin needs to steal so he can become honest; Doc’s yearning is to cheat so she can taste love; and, Sgt. Tackey dreams of achieving recognition by any means necessary so he may gain the respect of his unfaithful wife. ‘The Blight’ is about the broken lives of these characters,... More > humorous from a distance, but heartrending close-up.< Less
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Apr 7, 2010"Re: BLIGHT IS THE BOMB" Thanks D., i really do appreciate your continued patronage. so glad you enjoyed 'The Blight'.
Oct 13, 2009"Re: The Blight" HEY QUEEN NONHLE, LOVELY INSIGHT. I JUST FIFNISHED MY SECOND READING OF THE BOOK AND I BELIEVE I SEE A FEW MORE THINGS I DIDNT THE FIRST TIME ROUND. YOU STATED IN YOUR REVIEW THAT "This book brings you to a realisation that when it’s all said and done...our lives could be controlled by an enduring practise of witchcraft. Whether as an individual I choose to believe in it or not." I GUESS LIKE SANTA CLAUS, WHETHER ONE BELIEVES IN HIM OR NOT, CHRISTMAS GONE COME EVERY YEAR. I DON'T FIND THE ENDING DEPRESSING: ALL THOSE IN PAIN ARE RELIEVED THROUGH DEATH EG THE ZOMBIFIED ANSONG, THE HOSPITAL MATRON, AND THE TORTURED SUICIDAL LUMUSI; TRUE LOVE FINDS A WAY EG QUILA AND HER JOURNALIST SOUL MATE JORDAN FULFIL THEIR VOWS, MY MAN OKO GETS HIS WOMAN AND GETS TO USE VIAGRA(LOL); THE RESTLESS TT HITS THE ROAD AGAIN, DOC GAINS HER MOTHERING ROLE WITH BODECIA, BODY ANNOUNCES HIS LOVE FOR THE WINE SELLER; AND, THE THE BAD GUYS GET PUNISHED. MY ONLY QUESTIONS... More > ARE: IS EFO GAY? WAS HE IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE BLACK IRAQI? DID HE GO OFF WITH FRAZIER? PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THERE ARE ANY HINTS THAT ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS. ALL IN ALL , I THINK THE BLIGHT IS A MASTERPIECE. INSIGHTFUL REVIEW , NONHLE.< Less
Sep 25, 2009"The Blight" i think maybe that this is the most interesting book that i have read in some time... i have paper cuts anxiously flipping pages to continue the story lines... The details (whether fact or fiction) of West African society and history was very enlightening... i laughed, was sad, i was totally captured by each and every character... The writer's imagination is ever so refreshing and enchanted also magical at times in his display of wizardry with words...
Sep 16, 2009"Re: Re: The Blight" Hey D You are on ur second helping...??simply irresistable hey?...lol. I feel u on the Santa inferrence. The ending itself is not depressing..it is the realisation that witchcraft is widely practised that I found depressing. Efo is defnitely gay...lol, oh and Nana doesnt know this, but I bet if you were to go to the Caribean Blue you'll find him out of his closet getting it on with The Body...he lives a life that Nana doesn't know about so he will be equally suprised to find him there with The Body...though Nana has seen the signs...he (Nana) will have a duh!!!! moment. No, I dont think he is with the Afrikan Iraqi...he (the AI) is just a pervert but gay...no, he isn't. LOL Enjoy
Sep 9, 2009"The Blight" I was enthralled from start to finish. It keeps you in such suspense. It is an intense read that engulfs you and takes one to heights beyond one's imagination. I read the book in phases because simply put, it was like having a box of exotic and rare chocolates which you didn't want to finish so ate just a few at a time as a treat.... I was drawn to Doc, Quila and Boedaecia who had in different ways "suffered" as children. I laughed, cried and rejoiced. I am spent! However, the novel assumes one understands the traditions and setting of the book. For a non-African, it may be quite complex and difficult to understand. Probably more explanation around the culture and the rationale for certain tribalistic processes and language would have made it more understandable to the non-Ghanaian reader. I also winced at some of the very explicit sexual connotations and vulgarities which could have been toned down. All in all it is a book definitely worth reading... More > that takes you to the depths of Africa and the minds of the protagonist and all the other characters. I felt engulfed in their lives and empathised, sympathised and even hated some of them. This is Nana Achampong's best novel yet........< Less
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- Nana S. Achampong (Standard Copyright License)
- Achampong&Sons, inc
- August 3, 2010
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.74 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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