Sunday, October 18, 2009

An African Tale (book review)

An African Tale, by Enna Neru, is a mystical folktale-type story taking place in Africa. It tells of Ledimo, a young man who has discovered a mystical stone which gives him the power to control the weather. He becomes a powerful and awe-inspiring semi-god, until people stop believing in him and his powers fade, leaving him mortal. The power of the stone slowly fades from human memory...until Ledimo's two great-grandchildren are born, one in a poor village with no formal schooling and the other in the posh capital city. Their world is going into a drought, and only they can harness the power of the stone and bring water back to the land. The catch? They have to work together.

This was a very enjoyable book. It was short and went very quickly, and at some spots I didn't want to put it down! It was very much like a folktale, filled with fantastical talking animals and wise forest men. The ending suggested a sequel. I'm not sure if there will be one or not, but I certainly hope so!

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