Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Eghosa and Saint Patrick at Bambuddha

Eghosa Imasuen on Saturday, the 18th read from his debut novel: To Saint Patrick at a nice serene venue;Bambuddha. Thirty two year old Eghosa says the first lines in his debut novel were the very first lines he ever wrote. His mother challenged him to write after reading purple hibiscus from the young and talented Chimamanda. He took up the challenge and it resulted in To Saint Patrick.

To Saint Patrick takes us back to the year 2003 in an 'alternate Nigeria,' a prominent member of the NPN political party, veteran journalist Chief Johnson, has just been murdered. Two small time crooks are found with a bag full of his bloody clothes. They will take the fall to assuage the public, although some evidence suggests they may just be innocent... Is it politics as usual?To Saint Patrick rewrites Nigerian political history, presenting the reader with a series of 'what ifs': what if Major-General Murtala Mohammed had survived the 1976 attempt on his life, and had run for a 2nd term?; What if Babangida was simply on the sidelines—an honourable gentleman?; What if our democracy was healthy?A beautifully written tale of adventure, sci-fi, intrigue, and a dash of love, To Saint Patrick is a must read.

1 comment:

Walking said...

Congrats to Eghosa... I shall go and find me a copy of 'To St Patrick'