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Forest Gate by Peter Akinti
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Feb 26, 2011

it was ok
Read in February, 2011

Not really sure what to say. The cover blurb promised angry and I didn't really get angry, which was in a way a disappointment since I was thinking I'd get something along the lines of Le The Au Harem D'Archi Ahmed. There are some nice metaphors along the way "chewing on her lie" and so on, but while it reminds me a little of Camus' The Stranger, there's something more arbitrary about this one, and the big shocking event toward the end could have used some more buildup since I felt I hadn't been given the chance to see it coming so I could feel all smart and brilliant and genius and validated and everything.

I get that the author is disappointed in England, somehow he thinks the U.S. is "better" on racism than the U.K. (a thoroughly dubious proposition if you ask me). Anyway. The writing was good, clean, readable, not ornate so at least you know what's going on clearly enough. I mean, for $1 it was pretty good.

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