“Chronicles of the land of the happiest people on the planet”, by Wole Soyinka (Pantheon)
With “Chronicles From the Land of the Happiest People on Earth”, Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka has created an extremely unique tale, which gives the impression of having a tone and genre of its own.
In this horrific crime thriller that meets political and religious satire, high-ranking executives from fictional Nigeria are part of a vast underground business selling human body parts believed to possess supernatural qualities. Surgeon Kighare Menka is horrified when invited to join this macabre network. While there are many subplots, the story largely follows Menka as he desperately clings to his own morality while navigating a world filled with seemingly endless horror and violence.
For those who wish to work to unravel the dense language and intricate storylines that weave their way through the novel, “Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on the Planet” could very well be considered a great novel. It’s a pointed commentary on how powerful corruption can infect a nation, and it’s loaded with humor, irony, and twists and turns. Nevertheless, the style and the language make it extremely difficult to grasp. It’s easy to get lost in the multitude of crisscrossing characters and stories. For those who want to ride the wave and are looking for a story that challenges them, this could make a great choice. However, it is not suitable for those looking for a light or easily digestible reading.
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