Review: This House is Not For Sale by EC Osondu

 

 

Title: This House is For Sale

Author: E.C. Osondu

Published: Granta : Allen & Unwin June 2015

Status: Read from June 20 to 21, 2015 — I own a copy   {Courtesy the publisher}

My Thoughts:

This slim volume from E.C. Osondu is less a novel and more a collection of short stories, similar to the author’s first work, Voice of America.

Set in Nigeria, centered around the ‘Family House’, the home owned by the unnamed narrator’s grandpa, each chapter tells a story linked to one of the many characters that reside there, from a thieving servant, to dissolute ‘uncles’, to orphaned children, and desperate widows.

The stories are mostly grim with themes such as adultery, murder, poverty, exploitation and rape, though there are flashes of dark humour. Some have a near myth-like edge but essentially reflect contemporary life in rural Nigeria. The stories are also said to reflect Nigeria’s political state, rife with corruption, injustice and poverty.

I have to admit that while I found it somewhat interesting, I didn’t particularly enjoy This House is Not For Sale.

Available to purchase from

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and all good bookstores.

Seasoned Traveller 2015

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