Book Review: A Stranger’s Pose
Author: Emmanuel Iduma
The book is strange in many ways just like the pose of the man on the cover. It’s a collection of reflections of a journeyman. It shares some strange experiences cutting from east to west and upwards to Rabat in North Africa.
We are regaled with tales from sprawling cities, rural ghettos, deserts and a host of contrasting human habitations. Afikpo, Accra, Bamako, Abidjan, Nouakchott, Omduran amongst other are peeled open to expose their inner core.
The writer doesn’t just use words to arouse the senses; images with a life and story of their own are included. The words and pictures combine in a poetic union that defies definition. At every turn the words set themselves free, taking new forms and engaging different emotions.
The characters poses varying degrees of eccentricity. Serge theCameroonian hotel room keeper is my pick of the bunch. A manwho would keep at his job even while customers were still doingtheir business.
A Stranger’s Pose is not your everyday collection of stories Onething is that it doesn’t claim to be anything. The author doesn’t say if it’s fiction or non fiction. He even throws in a bit of poetry here and there. It also does not follow a chronological or thematic order; call it a gallimaufry.
The language is upper class and you have to be patient with the plot. It’s not a book to be read in a hurry. You have to let it gently seduce you before falling into the bliss of it’s beauty.
The stories and images are stitched together by a thread of human frailty. They encapsulate what it means to pose as a human in a strange land.
This is a somewhat strange book from an intriguing author and thebook’s strange quality may hinder its far-reaching acceptability. Yet,its uniqueness is its strength.
Rating: 3.5 /5
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