I read this book yesterday. It’s a short book of poetry and only took me an hour and a half to read. Reading it is like gazing through the window of a dungeon and seeing the torment of a tortured soul. Although there are some places where my inner grammar policeman blows his whistle, it serves to remind me that English is a global language and is constantly evolving.
I found it useful for two reasons. Firstly, I have a dear friend who suffers depression and has suicidal thoughts. Seeing into the mind and thoughts of someone who has been there can only help me understand my friend’s plight more clearly. Secondly, as a writer, it is always helpful to delve into the mind of someone else with a completely different mindset.
One thing I demand as a reader of poetry is metre and rhyme. Here the poet, Peter Okonkwo, does not disappoint. Some of his phrasing made me pause and wonder.
I went on to read the second volume of this series, How the Demons Leave. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it anything like as much. I suppose that’s because it’s a set of answers to the questions in the first book. I suppose I enjoy questions more that answers. To me, the second book seemed to be preaching, rather than showing. There, that’s a demonstration of show don’t tell. Yes, it’s not a coincidence that demonstrate has demon as its head.
It wont be everyone’s cup of tea, but I enjoyed it. At worst you’d waste ninety minutes and £1.68 (about that anyway). Peter has written a number of books so you may find a new favourite. You can buy it on Amazon. You can always suggest a book for Readers Club yourself, by using the share button. Therefore please tell us the title of your favourite book, the name of the author, and what you love about it.