Item description for The Looming Fog by Rosemary Esehagu...
The Looming Fog is about life in rural Nigeria as seen through the eyes of an abandoned intersexual child. As the child struggles to establish its identity and role in the village, the stories of other villagers and their struggles to fit into, or break free of, their assigned roles are revealed.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.35" Height: 0.94" Weight: 0.84 lbs.
Release Date Jun 15, 2006
Publisher Oge Creations Books
ISBN 1933496002 ISBN13 9781933496009
Reviews - What do customers think about The Looming Fog?
profound reading Feb 23, 2007
This is an extreme book that will definitely satisfy your appetite. Although that also made it seem a bit drawn out and hard to follow at first it definitely makes you think. I love learning about traditional culture and this book allowed the reader to dive into the traditional culture of Nigeria. You get to see both sides of the story through the lives of several characters that are interrelated and how societal expectations has shaped their lives. The best part about this book was that the author doesn't try to change the culture to please our expectations she simply allows you to visit it as is.
Didn't fulfill its promise Jan 12, 2007
I expected a sort of Middlesex in Africa, but what I got was a story of an intersex person who doesn't really try to improve his/her circumstances, even when the opportunity is presented to her. Choosing to remain in his/her village of superstitous, tradition-bound fearfuls; I put it down after she/he was offered the chance to move into the larger world, where, presumably, there would be more acceptance of his/her condition, and she/he didn't leave. There's nothing you can do about how you are born, but American readers will want someone who tries a little harder, I think. I didn't finish it.
The story of an abandoned child whose life-long difficulties are the cause for a deeply horrific isolation and loneliness Jul 15, 2006
The Looming Fog is Rosemary Esehagu's debut novel skillfully depicting the story of an abandoned child whose life-long difficulties are the cause for a deeply horrific isolation and loneliness. Following the child though the horrors of being intersexual, The Looming Fog gradually eases into the inspiring telling of a life in which solitude is accompanied by others searching to break free of the societal expectations and assigned roles. The Looming Fog is very strongly recommended reading for all who have ever been different from others around, and those who appreciate an intimate story with a remarkable outcome suffused with the bittersweet truths of dreamers everywhere.