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  •  Very much enjoying (3+ / 0-)
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    StellaRay, LinSea, Louisiana 1976

    My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Amos Tutuola, a fabulous Nigerian author whose work reminds me a bit of the film Pan's Labyrinth. Totally enjoyable, trippy stuff that I highly recommend if you like Literary fiction with a curious edge.

    •  Another one to look into. Thanks. (2+ / 0-)

      I ONLY like Literary fiction with a curious edge.  Otherwise, forgive me, but it's imo, often just a writer jacking off.  I know.  What a cruel crass thing to say.  But for me, story and character are everything, and everything else should be near invisible support to that.  

      •  ROTFLMAO~! (2+ / 0-)
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        StellaRay, Louisiana 1976

        Your comment is perfectly accepted and quite on it, of course. I primarily read Literature, but I like a good story too. Tutuola may be the wrong suggestion! But another excellent, very character- and story-driven piece from another Nigerian author which I would recommend is Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie. This is a truly strong, compelling book which totally hooked me about a year ago.

        •  Thanks mahakali, (2+ / 0-)

          (may I mention that I just want to roll your handle over my tongue over and over again---it's just so fun to say, and somehow, so soothing).

          I'm putting "Half of a Yellow Sun" on my list, of which my fellow Kossacks are growing for me tonight.  First of all, I LOVE the title, second of all, when you use the words "strong," "compelling," and "hooked," you're speaking my reading language.  

          •  You have my full permission to roll it (1+ / 0-)
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            I'm keen on it myself, even though the name was a joke at its inception! I've come to like it. It's a Hindu word, actually.

            Let me know if you get to reading it. It's really quite good. I wouldn't say it were otherwise, being fussy about reading. :)

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