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What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky : Book Review

. 1.16.2019 .
Greetings everyone,

How are you and how is your January going?  I happen to be having a very productive day and I'm really happy about it. Typing this post and going to the gym are the last things on my to-do list for today. I nearly backed out of putting this up today, let's pray I don't back out of going to the gym haha. I absolutely love reviewing books and today I'll be talking about What It Means....(the title is way too long to type again, okay?). Without further ado, let's get into it! 
Girls with fire in their bellies will be forced to drink from a well of correction until the flame dies out. - Quote from the last story of the book ; Redemption.
Name of Book: What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky
Author: Lesley Nneka Arimah
Year of Publication: 2017

Summary (from Good Reads)
A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home. 

Review
Rating: 3.8/5

Okay, so the first thing that I noticed when reading this book of short stories is the air of sadness/despair that surrounds every single story. Going through the stories in my head right now and I'm pretty certain that all the characters were living lives that they were not satisfied with. To be honest, that's how life is for a lot of people so that really wasn't surprising.

This book was quite interesting. The first story, The Future Looks Good was really good and the ending had me so shook. I definitely did not see it coming. Usually, the thing I dislike about short stories is the lack of continuity but I was so grateful for this one. I don't think I want to know how things turned out, it would make me very sad.

I also want to point out that almost all of the stories were a bit confusing in the beginning. Like I had to read the first couple of lines at least twice to understand what was being said. The stories definitely pick up but I just felt like I had to mention that. Maybe it was just me being slow, who knows?

My absolute favourite story was Wild, it's about a young Nigerian American girl whose exasperated mother sends her to Nigeria the summer before she starts college to stay with her aunt and cousin. She's always been compared to this cousin by her mum so is pretty shocked when she sees that things are really not as they seem. Her cousin too struggles with the guilt of disappointing her parents and the two girls end up forming an interesting bond. That's the best way to describe it without giving any parts of the story away.

Windfalls was a good story too, made me sad too. It's wild the things parents subject their children to. It definitely helped me to be even more steady in my stance that not everyone should have children.  Buchi's Girls, a story of a woman who has to move in with her sister's family with her daughters after the death of her husband reminded me so much of a Nollywood film circa 2005. And I mean that in a good way. My heart ached for Buchi and her girls and simultaneously raged against her spineless sister and her pathetic husband. Ugh.

A review on Good Reads mentioned that some of the stories dabble a bit in magical realism (I had to Google it too) and that's most certainly true. If you're not used to reading books like that, it might be a bit strange. But as a Nigerian that watches a lot of Nollywood and in particular, Yoruba Nollywood, it was a welcome addition. It did creep me out a little in Who Will Greet You At Home.  I really enjoyed it and didn't want it to end but at the same time, I kept on saying what the hell is this LMAO. That was one of the best stories in the book, that one.

It's so funny that my least favourite story was What It Means... itself. And to be completely honest, I did not finish it. It just wasn't my cup of tea.

Overall, this was such a nice read. And a great way to kick off my reading goals in 2019. I would definitely recommend. Speaking of reading goals, you can add me on Good Reads here if you want. Have you read this book? Did you like it? If not, what are you currently reading? 
Greetings everyone,

How are you and how is your January going?  I happen to be having a very productive day and I'm really happy about it. Typing this post and going to the gym are the last things on my to-do list for today. I nearly backed out of putting this up today, let's pray I don't back out of going to the gym haha. I absolutely love reviewing books and today I'll be talking about What It Means....(the title is way too long to type again, okay?). Without further ado, let's get into it! 
Girls with fire in their bellies will be forced to drink from a well of correction until the flame dies out. - Quote from the last story of the book ; Redemption.
Name of Book: What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky
Author: Lesley Nneka Arimah
Year of Publication: 2017

Summary (from Good Reads)
A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home. 

Review
Rating: 3.8/5

Okay, so the first thing that I noticed when reading this book of short stories is the air of sadness/despair that surrounds every single story. Going through the stories in my head right now and I'm pretty certain that all the characters were living lives that they were not satisfied with. To be honest, that's how life is for a lot of people so that really wasn't surprising.

This book was quite interesting. The first story, The Future Looks Good was really good and the ending had me so shook. I definitely did not see it coming. Usually, the thing I dislike about short stories is the lack of continuity but I was so grateful for this one. I don't think I want to know how things turned out, it would make me very sad.

I also want to point out that almost all of the stories were a bit confusing in the beginning. Like I had to read the first couple of lines at least twice to understand what was being said. The stories definitely pick up but I just felt like I had to mention that. Maybe it was just me being slow, who knows?

My absolute favourite story was Wild, it's about a young Nigerian American girl whose exasperated mother sends her to Nigeria the summer before she starts college to stay with her aunt and cousin. She's always been compared to this cousin by her mum so is pretty shocked when she sees that things are really not as they seem. Her cousin too struggles with the guilt of disappointing her parents and the two girls end up forming an interesting bond. That's the best way to describe it without giving any parts of the story away.

Windfalls was a good story too, made me sad too. It's wild the things parents subject their children to. It definitely helped me to be even more steady in my stance that not everyone should have children.  Buchi's Girls, a story of a woman who has to move in with her sister's family with her daughters after the death of her husband reminded me so much of a Nollywood film circa 2005. And I mean that in a good way. My heart ached for Buchi and her girls and simultaneously raged against her spineless sister and her pathetic husband. Ugh.

A review on Good Reads mentioned that some of the stories dabble a bit in magical realism (I had to Google it too) and that's most certainly true. If you're not used to reading books like that, it might be a bit strange. But as a Nigerian that watches a lot of Nollywood and in particular, Yoruba Nollywood, it was a welcome addition. It did creep me out a little in Who Will Greet You At Home.  I really enjoyed it and didn't want it to end but at the same time, I kept on saying what the hell is this LMAO. That was one of the best stories in the book, that one.

It's so funny that my least favourite story was What It Means... itself. And to be completely honest, I did not finish it. It just wasn't my cup of tea.

Overall, this was such a nice read. And a great way to kick off my reading goals in 2019. I would definitely recommend. Speaking of reading goals, you can add me on Good Reads here if you want. Have you read this book? Did you like it? If not, what are you currently reading? 

5 comments

  1. I don't know if it is avaliable in Turkish or not however I want to read this also. Thanks...

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  2. I haven't read this collection before, but I did just finish reading the short story collection The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu! I've been trying to read more diverse genres, so reading more short story and essay collections is part of it :) The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories is categorised as sci fi/fantasy but also has a lot of historical and cultural themes (Chinese and Japanese culture specifically). I connected deeper with the stories that had Asian-American themes. I feel like The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories for me might have been a similar experience to what What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky was for you! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  3. You make me want to read it now, wish you were here so I could borrow it. Not sure why but the fact that you said all the stories had a sad air to them made me even more interested lol. Great post Dems xx

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  4. Hi Demi!
    You already know how I feel about this book and I love how precise your reviews are, this is no different. I really didn't like the eponymous story but I loved Wild and Who Will Greet You At Home. I just realized how different this book would seem to Non-Nigerians. Wow! I think LNA did well with this debut, looking forward to her other books.
    Ps. I love this new theme, its so clean and refreshing.

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  5. I never heard of this book before, but it sounds like something I would like. Thanks for sharing your review! :)

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I read and appreciate every single comment. I'll definitely check out your blog. ❤

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