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Daphne's Lot

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  39 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
The masterful wedding of the narrative and the lyric in these poems (whose subject is the maturation of a sensibility, the coming-of-age of a young Englishwoman the power of her ties to family, husband and her "adopted" country, Nigeria as well as the illumination of her own soul and that of the narrator's) fills the reader with both sorrow and wonder. It is an instructi ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Red Hen Press
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Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Such a smooth read you never even notice it is a whole story written in poem format. Go directly to page 64 to read about the type of man Christ thought his mother (his real life mother who had a very trouble relationship with his real life father) would want. I heard him read that expert at the Calabash Festival and have never forgotten that moment. "I want a man who smiles when he thinks of me...."
War is a hard thing to write about. The first two-thirds of this collection are a single long epic about Abani's mother, which works best when it focuses on the personal costs of war, highlighting its horrors through the day-to-day struggles of his family. The language, often sparse, bursts out into the occasional striking metaphor, more powerful for its unexpected arrival; evacuation flights are "irregular as constipated priests who on first arrival/ate only bread, not trusting the unfamiliarit ...more
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Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: africa, poetry, memoir
A bit scattered and hard to read. Left a lot of questions unanswered. If you don't know anything about Biafra and the war in the 1960's many of the details will pass you by. However, there are beautiful moments and details, and the evocative use of landscapes to advance his themes.
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Christopher Abani (or Chris Abani) is a Nigerian author.

He was a political prisoner in Nigeria at various times during 1985 and 1991. At times he was held in solitary confinement and he was held on death row for some time after being sentenced to death for treason.

He is a Professor at the University of California, Riverside and the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the 2001 Prince C
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