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G.L.i.B-bed: The Metamorphosis
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G.L.i.B-bed: The Picture of Dorian Gray
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G.L.i.B-bed: Fire and Fury
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G.L.i.B-bed: Quotes & Notes
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G.L.i.B – bed:The Carnivorous City
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G.L.i.B-bed: Everyman
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G.L.i.B -bed: Born a crime
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G.L.i.B-bed: Persuasion
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G.L.i.B-bed: Reading plan: More of Maya Angelou’s Autobiographies
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G.L.i.B-bed: Evil in the house

G.L.i.B-bed: The Metamorphosis

This was such a sad volume of text. Compact but its melancholic tone ran the full length of it. Something insides of me kept nursing hope for a change of the situation but it never came. This book put a damp on my once happy decision to stick to digital copies for a while; it tested the sense of that resolve. I had to remind myself that paperbacks were also capable of forlorn themes. Thankfully, the size of the book didn’t allow me wallow in misery for too long.  

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G.L.i.B-bed: The Picture of Dorian Gray

After Fire and Fury, I decided to continue in this digital reading path…for now. And it is for books such as this that I’d endure the inconvenience of an e-copy version. Such enriching literature, the kind that kept me panting for more beautiful prose, enjoyable text, mesmerizing content. The Picture of Dorian Gray ticked off all the boxes for me – credible, enthralling plot; complex, intriguing characters; and the icing? well – written, well – rendered prose. A bonus was the trip down memory lane to my university days of studying the classics. It also went further to unravel the mystery of the titular character whom I first happened upon in the film, The LXG (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). Truly an excellent start to my journey of classic literature in digital form.

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G.L.i.B-bed: Fire and Fury

E- books are never my thing. The process involved doesn’t make sense to me. Why would I want to rely on batteries or electricity in order to read a book? How inconvenient! But for the peculiarity that is Donald Trump’s presidency, I made an exception. My first read this year was the e-copy version of Fire and Fury. Initially, it reaffirmed my conviction about e-books and why I don’t prefer them, but I ploughed on. It didn’t help either that the book wasn’t so well – written. However, it delivered on the entertainment front and inner workings of the white house which I sought. What made this book more poignant for me were the characters featured who are real – life and on TV.

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G.L.i.B-bed: Quotes & Notes

Happy New Year! I have to stop this – waiting until half way through January before yelling ‘happy new year’ or making my first post. Now that is settled, onto the issue of this article. Can I say, for certain, that I’ve begun my rhythm of reading for 2018? I hesitate to do. Considering the books I aim to devour take time and space; they are mostly fiction and are intentional picks in my reading list. These, like an accident, happened upon me while spring – cleaning my bookshelf last year. I had planned to give them a cursory glance – they are compact, quote – packed and I’d be done in a flash. I had also planned to spend the month of January in a mind- charting, goal – setting manner in areas of career, writing/blogging, reading list, physical and mental and spiritual thrusts, etc. Organize all those December to – do lists and thoughts, and align them accordingly for 2018. Reading, if it occurred, would be the articles which caught my eye and interest off the internet and social media, as well as the notes I’ve compiled over the years on most of the text I’ve read. (Years[…]

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G.L.i.B – bed:The Carnivorous City

This was amongst the first set of books I read at the beginning of the year. But somehow, a post about it never made it onto the blog. Kindly read this article with that knowledge in mind. The title didn’t quite do it. I was just equal parts pissed. I didn’t know about the book and thrilled at the same time that I happened upon it the day I decided to buy my first set of novels for the year.  I was also ashamed to call myself a reading fan of Toni Kan’s. Of course, I hadn’t read any of his work in years but he was a Facebook friends and I followed his online news magazine – sabinews. I had been following him since his Hints Magazine days.  Soni is missing – the first line of the book – rang in my head throughout the time I was buried between its pages. Those three words determined every and any action of the plot, subplots and its characters. It shaped and unravelled the novel.  Half way through, I came to the sad realization that I might never ‘meet’ the larger- than- life Soni. His spirit, his words, his energy and[…]

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G.L.i.B-bed: Everyman

Everyman ends his life the same way; it’s the details of how he lived it that makes the difference. Back in school, Everyman was a play listed amongst required reading for one of my English drama course. I remember most of its contents in sketches(plays didn’t pique my interest back then), save for something about everyman billed to die and give account of his life. I think. Everyman ‘s life ends the same way; it’s the details of how he lived that’s different. This faded memory propelled me to this little red volume of work which I devoured in less than two days. “Alive with literary brilliance” according to the Sunday Times, it truly was with Roth’s magnificent writing style, evoking a constellation of emotions – sometimes simultaneously, other times one after the other. Based on a particular man’s life and his relationships and subsequent actions with family, friends and colleagues, it deviates from the play which uses allegorical characters, each personifying an abstract idea. The time lapse between my reading of both genres of the title , as well as my preference for prose over plays  tilts this compact volume heavily in my favour. The bonus being its well-[…]

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G.L.i.B -bed: Born a crime

Hands down my favourite stand- up comedian of recent times. His performances are not just witty or laugh-out- loud funny but also intelligent and pass on messages that deal with different aspects of the society – political, social, religious, trending news , etc. He can stretch an idea for so long and his art of mimicry is award worthy. This book , an autobiography, was as though I was sitting in on one of his sets – laughing at his jokes about his upbringing, learning  of his life as a coloured person in South Africa, and the boundless love of his mother. Though only sobering thoughts prevailed in the sections where apartheid’s evil, divisive, destructive and inhumane characteristics took up considerable space. Trevor Noah may be coloured with a loving, free – spirited, rebel for a mother, but the effects of the system still shaped his childhood.

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G.L.i.B-bed: Persuasion

This would be the first of James Borg’s works to feature in my reading list. And I had no expectations about it. Just a blank expression on my mind as I began to leaf through the red – covered volume. Time and again, British authors reiterate my conviction of my preference for their writing technique (and choice of words) over any of their other counterparts. Reading content created by a Briton elevates and educates me. I’m also left with a feeling of my time well – spent, my mind more exposed, my diction improved and increased, and my writing duly challenged. Strange though. Like most people around the world, I grew up under the weighted influence of American entertainment – cartoons, books, films, speech. And after almost four decades of conscious (and sometimes, unconscious) orientation, the British writers still hold taut my heartstrings to their style of penmanship. James Borg’s Persuasion is, like its title signals, all about the art of influencing people over to your point of view. Divided into 10 chapters, it delves into such topics geared towards making an influence of the reader – being a good listener, keeping attention, body language, good recall, telephone telepathy, negotiating[…]

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G.L.i.B-bed: Reading plan: More of Maya Angelou’s Autobiographies

There was a pervading feeling of déjà vu as I thumbed my way through I know Why the Caged Bird sings. It all became clear at the end; this was one of seven autobiographies, and I had just finished the third in the series. Interestingly, I wasn’t aware of this and Maya Angelou’s writing occupies a top spot in my ranking of phenomenal writing. How odd. No need extoling one of America’s (and indeed the world’s) greatest writers. More than enough has been said (and written) about her extraordinary penmanship that inspires, elevates, informs and celebrates. Instead of adding my ink and voice , I’d rather embark on a collection of her works to heartily digest (and constantly use them as terms of reference) and, hopefully, reflect such skill in my style and learning path.

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G.L.i.B-bed: Evil in the house

They say it’s when you become a parent, you realize your parents were right all along. As a mum, I’d rather be tagged paranoid than sorry when it concerns my children. Paranoia can be tamed; regret live with you for all time, and, sometimes, has unseen, far-reaching consequences. Now, I understand my mum’s obviously worried expressions, her statements about some male relatives and her caution when dealing with them. Family is not off limits when it comes to abuse of any kind – domestic, sexual or otherwise. After all, na who know man na im dey kill am. Yeside Kilanko’s novel reminds the reader how much closer to home evil can be lurking, and how, sometimes, unwittingly, unintentionally, we aid it ourselves through the entrance of extended family members into our lives. And it is one of the parents’ essential duty to shield their offspring from such familial devils. Without giving away necessary spoilers of the plot of this book which elicited contrasting emotions as I flipped over the pages, it would be difficult and constricting to write effectively about it. But I’d say this; the recent trend of women speaking up and out about all forms of abuse must[…]

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