Introducing a powerful new novelist whose evocation of an unforgettable African family is testament to the transformative power of unconditional love Kwaku Sai is dead. A renowned surgeon and failed husband, he succumbs suddenly at dawn outside the home he shares in Ghana with his second... read more
“But he's carried the thought anyway, from bedroom to sunroom, making a production of being careful. A show for himself. He does this, has always done this since leaving the village, little open-air performances for an audience of one. Or for two: him and his cameraman, that silent-invisible cameraman who stole away beside him all those decades ago in the darkness before daybreak with the ocean beside, and who has followed him every day everywhere since. Quietly filming his life. Or: the life of the Man Who He Wishes to Be and Who He Left to Become.”
“Mr Lamptey, who sang, but never spoke, while he was carpentering, consented to be watched but refused to be helped.”
“He wants her to be satisfied. He wants her this because she can be. She is a woman who can be satisfied. She is like no woman he's known.”
“ibeji (twins) are two halves of one spirt, a spirit too massive to fit in one body, and liminal beings, half human, half deity, to be honoured, even worshipped accordingly. The second twin specifically - the changeling and the trickster, less fascinated by the affairs of the world than the first - comes to earth with great reluctance and remains with greater effort, homesick for the spiritual realms. On the eve of their birth into physical bodies, this skeptical second twin says to the first, "Go out and see if the world is good. If it's good, stay there. If it's not, come back". The first twin Taiyewho (from the Yoruba to aiye wo, "to see and taste the world," shortened to Taiye or Taiwo) obediently leaves the womb on his reconnaissance misson and likes the world enough to remain. Kehinde (from the Yoruba kehin de, "to arrive next"), on noting that his other half hasn't returned, sets out at his leisure to join his Taiyewo, deigning to assume human form. The Yoruba thus consider Kehinde the elder: second born, but wiser, so "older".”
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