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Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by PrincessMila(f): 5:37am On Jul 23
Geminita:
Book: Orchestra of Minorities
Author: Chigozie Obioma

Relatable,intriguing, Authentic

The story talks about the Igbo tribe, their Chi( gods) and ancestors.
It talks about a young man called Nonso whose life became something else when he saved a lady from committing suicide on the bridge..

His story is not told by him rather by his Chi (Guardian angel in igbo language). His chi can even negotiate with chukwu (God) on his behalf.. His Chi can't force him to do things but can only suggest things to him through thinking and imagination.

Romance was born and he found himself sacrificing a lot for the love of his life.. The lady is a pharmacist while Nonso is just a poultry farmer.. So much difference between both parties from educational background to Financial Background..
He calls her “Mommy,” the way other men might refer to a lover as “sweetheart” or “darling.” “Every good woman is my mommy,” he says.

He was scammed when he was trying to get into the white man's land (Cyprus) to be precise. His childhood friend called Jamike deceived him and took all his hard earned money.. His nightmare began..

He was arrested in Cyprus for crime he didn't commit and he spent four years in prison before the truth became unveiled..

He couldn't get married to the woman of his dreams because it was too late when he came back to Nigeria..

This is not a love story but a story of rage, Class,Hustle..

These are part of the quotes I copied from the book

-Hatred is a vandalism of the human heart. A man seeking justice with his own hands must dispense it as quickly as possible, or he risks being destroyed by his own dark desire.

-tomorrow is pregnant no one knows what it will birth.

-Love is a thing that cannot be lightly destroyed in a heart in which it has found habitation.

"Orchestra of minorities" as used in the book refer to the cries and mourning of the birds whenever one of them is being slaughtered or killed by hawks which in human world too it is used to describe the voices of the mases And less privileged
- The ones whose voices ain't heard
-The ones who can't stand and fight not because they're weak but because the spirit of fear is In them.
- those who risk everything in order to better their lives and forge ahead.


If you're expecting something like "Happily ever after", I am sorry to say that this book isn't for you because it ended sadly...

All the same,it is one of those books that you will want to read over and over again.

Chigozie obioma writes well. He described the Igbo cosmology very well and I will say "He is indeed a talented writer"..

Thanks





Wow Gem, You nailed this like crazyyyy kiss

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Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by Geminita: 7:07am On Jul 23
PrincessMila:


Wow Gem, You nailed this like crazyyyy kiss

Thanks dear smiley.I really appreciate

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Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by Geminita: 12:02pm On Jul 24
Lorayne
Jack273
Teddiie
PrincessMila
Ishilove
Ana4love

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Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by Ana4love(f): 4:05pm On Jul 24
Geminita:
Lorayne
Jack273
Teddiie
PrincessMila
Ishilove
Ana4love
Time for our reviews right?
Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by Geminita: 4:22pm On Jul 24
Ana4love:

Time for our reviews right?

Yes mama grin
Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by Ana4love(f): 6:09pm On Jul 24
Geminita:


Yes mama grin
Where is yours na grin grin
Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by PrincessMila(f): 6:13pm On Jul 24
So how is a review done? grin

Are there rules and regulations?

I'm waiting for Jack and Lorayne, so I can be a copycat tongue
Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by Geminita: 6:21pm On Jul 24
Geminita:
Book: Orchestra of Minorities
Author: Chigozie Obioma

Relatable,intriguing, Authentic

The story talks about the Igbo tribe, their Chi( gods) and ancestors.
It talks about a young man called Nonso whose life became something else when he saved a lady from committing suicide on the bridge..

His story is not told by him rather by his Chi (Guardian angel in igbo language). His chi can even negotiate with chukwu (God) on his behalf.. His Chi can't force him to do things but can only suggest things to him through thinking and imagination.

Romance was born and he found himself sacrificing a lot for the love of his life.. The lady is a pharmacist while Nonso is just a poultry farmer.. So much difference between both parties from educational background to Financial Background..
He calls her “Mommy,” the way other men might refer to a lover as “sweetheart” or “darling.” “Every good woman is my mommy,” he says.

He was scammed when he was trying to get into the white man's land (Cyprus) to be precise. His childhood friend called Jamike deceived him and took all his hard earned money.. His nightmare began..

He was arrested in Cyprus for crime he didn't commit and he spent four years in prison before the truth became unveiled..

He couldn't get married to the woman of his dreams because it was too late when he came back to Nigeria..

This is not a love story but a story of rage, Class,Hustle..

These are part of the quotes I copied from the book

-Hatred is a vandalism of the human heart. A man seeking justice with his own hands must dispense it as quickly as possible, or he risks being destroyed by his own dark desire.

-tomorrow is pregnant no one knows what it will birth.

-Love is a thing that cannot be lightly destroyed in a heart in which it has found habitation.

"Orchestra of minorities" as used in the book refer to the cries and mourning of the birds whenever one of them is being slaughtered or killed by hawks which in human world too it is used to describe the voices of the mases And less privileged
- The ones whose voices ain't heard
-The ones who can't stand and fight not because they're weak but because the spirit of fear is In them.
- those who risk everything in order to better their lives and forge ahead.


If you're expecting something like "Happily ever after", I am sorry to say that this book isn't for you because it ended sadly...

All the same,it is one of those books that you will want to read over and over again.

Chigozie obioma writes well. He described the Igbo cosmology very well and I will say "He is indeed a talented writer"..

Thanks






Ana4love

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Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by Geminita: 6:22pm On Jul 24
PrincessMila:
So how is a review done? grin

Are there rules and regulations?

I'm waiting for Jack and Lorayne, so I can be a copycat tongue

I don't think there Is any rules and regulations

It's just your view of the novel.. You can rate it.. Criticize or praise it.. It's just you talking about the novel in simpler form (Summary)

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Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by PrincessMila(f): 8:07pm On Jul 24
Geminita:


I don't think there Is any rules and regulations

It's just your view of the novel.. You can rate it.. Criticize or praise it.. It's just you talking about the novel in simpler form (Summary)

Okay...
Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by PrincessMila(f): 9:59pm On Jul 24
Novel: An orchestra of Minorities
Author: Chigozie Obioma


This is different from any book I've read. The concept was crazy. It shows that the imagination of the author really ran wild. From the existence of a person's 'chi', which is actually different from a person's conscience, then to the Protagonist's Chi (Nonso's Chi) telling the story... I was wowed.

I don't think there's any chapter you'll read without seeing proverbs, wise sayings and many more. At some point, I started wondering how the author came about all of the proverbs, did they already exist or were they just figments of his imagination?

The story takes us on a journey through the life of Nonso. Childhood experiences, his present experiences and a lot more. It takes us on a ride through Nonso's quest to marry the one he loves. We get to see the sacrifices he made just to end up "in a happily ever after" with the love of his life. We get to hope that he would indeed achieve such, and that kept us reading till the very end.

I keyed into the part where Nonso's Chi was talking about how he couldn't understand why water that is like abundant back then is now something that is being sold. It's a freaking gift of nature, why is it sold now?

Another part I also admire is the part he talked about civilization. He said, "The civilisation of the fathers was hinged on the preservation of that which already existed, not on the discovery of new things” and he went further to say, “The old fathers looked to the past to move forward. They relied not on what they could see but on what their fathers had seen

It is a lovely novel but unlike Gem baby, I don't think it's one I'd love to read again. My reasons are;

It's really long
I'm not sure I understand the end
I craved so much for the end, that I almost got tired of craving
.

In all, it was a lovely read and I would recommend this to everyone to read.

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Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by Geminita: 7:50am On Jul 25
PrincessMila:
Novel: An orchestra of Minorities
Author: Chigozie Obioma


This is different from any book I've read. The concept was crazy. It shows that the imagination of the author really ran wild. From the existence of a person's 'chi', which is actually different from a person's conscience, then to the Protagonist's Chi (Nonso's Chi) telling the story... I was wowed.

I don't think there's any chapter you'll read without seeing proverbs, wise sayings and many more. At some point, I started wondering how the author came about all of the proverbs, did they already exist or were they just figments of his imagination?

The story takes us on a journey through the life of Nonso. Childhood experiences, his present experiences and a lot more. It takes us on a ride through Nonso's quest to marry the one he loves. We get to see the sacrifices he made just to end up "in a happily ever after" with the love of his life. We get to hope that he would indeed achieve such, and that kept us reading till the very end.

I keyed into the part where Nonso's Chi was talking about how he couldn't understand why water that is like abundant back then is now something that is being sold. It's a freaking gift of nature, why is it sold now?

Another part I also admire is the part he talked about civilization. He said, "The civilisation of the fathers was hinged on the preservation of that which already existed, not on the discovery of new things” and he went further to say, “The old fathers looked to the past to move forward. They relied not on what they could see but on what their fathers had seen

It is a lovely novel but unlike Gem baby, I don't think it's one I'd love to read again. My reasons are;

It's really long
I'm not sure I understand the end
I craved so much for the end, that I almost got tired of craving
.

In all, it was a lovely read and I would recommend this to everyone to read.




Yeah. the book is really Long, I got tired at Some point but I really wanted to know what happened at the end.. That's why I kept reading

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Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by Ana4love(f): 8:17am On Jul 25
Novel: An Orchestra of Minorities
Author: Chigozie Obioma

Superb diction and vocabularies
Amazing storyline
Lovely imagery
Badass concept


It tells a tale of love, betrayal, revenge, anger, survival, suffering, repentance and so many emotions I can't begin to describe.

The story centers around Nonso's Chi seeking the help/light judgement of Chukwu on behalf of his host. In other for us to understand the deed of the host which is Nonso, we had to understand the beginning of it all. So Nonso's Chi took us on a journey from where it all began, down to where the awful deed was done. He made us/Chukwu understand the reason for such deed, so we could understand from Nonso's perspective.

We get to see how strong and deep love can be. We get to see that love truly is blind as someone as educated as Ndali Would fall for an uneducated Nonso. The story truly depicted the very realistic reaction most rich parents would have if a "shepherd of birds" comes for the hand in marriage of their educated daughter. It also portrayed the lengths Nonso went, just to marry 'the educated daughter', like selling his whole property just to school (Foolishness, the thing pain me die, cos I suspected that Jamike could be scam right from the onset).

It painted the picture of every scenery both Lagos, Cyprus and every other place I've forgotten. It was almost like you were in those places, with the characters.

My criticisms for the story are:

There were too many unnecessary digressions and narrations. One that is not pivotal to the story. For example, the time he was headed back to the bridge with hope of getting back his goosling, they mentioned a cat on his seat he pushed away. This is one of the many unnecessary narrations I saw in the book, cos add it or leave it, the story would still end the same way.

The end isn't clear, Did she die? Or did she survive? Did Nonso die? Why didn't Nonso's Chi mention to him that she's still in the Pharmacy, like he could have easily just put the idea in his head instead of going to Chukwu to narrate long tale.

In my Opinion, the end seems rushed. It was like the one part of the book that needed the long narration, is the one part the author didn't take his time.


It was a good read but I'm not sure it's a book I'll read over and over again. The digressions, proverbs, incantations and more wouldn't keep my eyes glued to it for long.

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Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by Jack273: 10:44pm On Jul 25
Geminita:
Lorayne Jack273 Teddiie PrincessMila Ishilove Ana4love
I'll be back with my review
Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by Lorayne(m): 12:37pm On Jul 26
Book: Orchestra of Minorities
Author: Chigozie Obioma
The story is about nonso, a poultry farmer whose life took a turn for the worse when he fell in love with Ndali, a woman he saved from jumping off a bridge. His quest to be accepted by Ndali's educated and high-class family led him to sell all his properties to attend University in cyprus. But when he arrives in cyprus he found out he was scammed by his friend who made the arrangements for him. Everything just went downhill from there.
The story is narrated by nonso's chi/guardian spirit who has come to plead for his host before the Igbo god, chukwu.

It wasn't an easy read for me. There's just way to many proverbs that I thought I was reading a book of igbo proverbs. And the build-up to the story is very slow, a lot of unnecessary digressions. But, All in all the book is very educative. I learned a lot 'bout Igbo cosmology. The writer really did his research.

A two star rating from me. And I won't recommend this book to anyone.






Confession: I skipped a lot of pages just to get to the end I couldn't take it anymore.

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Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by Jack273: 7:42pm On Jul 27
Book: An orchestra of minorities

Author: Chigozie Obioma

I've not read a lot of African novels, the truth is that I can count them on one hand but I must say this one was very different. It contained a lot of proverbs and wise sayings that I have to be pausing, highlighting and do a deep thinking in almost every page. It was as if I was reading a book of wisdom.

I likes the way the writer mixed the Igbo language and English as if they are one. He did not try to explain anything, so nice.

The various names he gave to Chukwu in which I cannot remember most again was also a delight as I struggle to pronounce each of them before realizing I've heard them before.

Some obvious weak point of the book is that the Chi digresses a lot in his narration. If I was Chukwu, I would have asked it (him) to get to the point. This made the book rather too long and the only thing that kept me reading was my curiosity.

Also Jamike dumping Nonso was predictable probably because I've watched too many Nollywood movies and the country "Cyprus" made it easy for me.

Overall, it was a nice read but not something I'll like to read again any time soon. I'll totally recommend it to others.

Some of my favorite quotes:

"And in time he became a man of silence who went days without speaking"
(I related strongly with this)

"She was one of the poor – the class of people who had been created by the new civilisation."

"four days make up a week, twenty-eight days a month, and thirteen months a year,"
(The Igbo calendar)

"The true state of a man is what he is when he is alone"

"The fathers say that a child who washes his hands clean will eat with the elders"


Obviously I can't write everything here, you will just have to read the book yourself.

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Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by Lorayne(m): 8:53pm On Jul 27
"we often stand in the compound of a coward to point to point at the ruins where a brave man used to live"
Was this quote in Orchestra of Minorities?
cc Geminita
Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by Geminita: 8:58pm On Jul 27
Lorayne:
"we often stand in the compound of a coward to point to point at the ruins where a brave man used to live"
Was this quote in Orchestra of Minorities?
cc Geminita

Nah.. Chinua Achebe

I think the quote is from Arrow of God..

I am.not sure of the book but Chinua Achebe made the quote
Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by Lorayne(m): 9:11pm On Jul 27
Geminita:


Nah.. Chinua Achebe

I think the quote is from Arrow of God..

I am.not sure of the book but Chinua Achebe made the quote
Saw it in "Arrow of God". I could've swore I saw it in Orchestra of Minorities.
Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by Geminita: 9:25pm On Jul 27
Lorayne:

Saw it in "Arrow of God". I could've swore I saw it in Orchestra of Minorities.

It's not there..
Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by Geminita: 4:25pm On Aug 01
Happy new month fam cheesy wink
Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by Ana4love(f): 7:40pm On Aug 01
Geminita:

Happy new month fam cheesy wink
Happy New Month
Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by Jack273: 2:22pm On Aug 02
Happy New month.

The books for the month of August and the timeline

Book Title: Nighttime is my time

Author: Mary Higgins Clark

Nominated by: PrincessMila

Timeline: 1st to 15th of August


Book Title: Gingerbread

Author: Helen Oyeyemi

Nominated by: Jack273

Timeline: 16th to 30th of August


Sorry for the late announcement. Also we can start sending in our review for Arrow of God.

Have a nice month and stay enlightened.

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Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by Lorayne(m): 6:34pm On Aug 02
Jack273:
Happy New month.

The books for the month of August and the timeline

Book Title: Nighttime is my time

Author: Mary Higgins Clark

Nominated by: PrincessMila

Timeline: 1st to 15th of August


Book Title: Gingerbread

Author: Helen Oyeyemi

Nominated by: Jack273

Timeline: 16th to 30th of August


Sorry for the late announcement. Also we can start sending in our review for Arrow of God.

Have a nice month and stay enlightened.
A foreign book... finally!

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Re: NAIRALAND BOOK CLUB (NBC) by Jack273: 9:08pm On Aug 02
Lorayne:

A foreign book... finally!
Yeah finally, let's see how it goes.

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