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Sunday, June 19, 2011

review: earthly encounters by Ozzi Richard Hoffman

“People go to Africa and confirm what they already have in their heads and so they fail to see what is there in front of them. This is what people have come to expect. It’s not viewed as a serious continent. It’s a place of strange, bizarre and illogical things, where people don’t do what common sense demands.” – Chinua Achebe

Earthly Encounters
Nigeria ranks as the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous nation in the whole world. its citizens suffer from a large number of issues - employment, health, education and other basic services - due to "a history of inefficiency in its governance."
Earthly Encounters, published by Dorrance Publishing, provides a glimpse into these social dilemmas through the eyes of Inspector MacMahon, a principal police officer in the Nigerian secret service. while on his way to Port Harcourt, MacMahon comes upon an overturned car and a decapitated head. the victim was Magdalene “Maggee” Hyman, a Scottish-Cuban Sexology Professor who taught English in the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire. MacMahon finds her diary nearby but not the rest of her body. the Inspector takes Maggee's notes with him. as he reads, he learns about her life and the events that might have led to her ghastly demise.
this 88-page novella pulled me in different directions. Ozzi Richard Hoffman, no doubt, has written an intelligent, well researched story about Nigeria, its conditions and about a female expatriate shaped by its social and political upheavals.
i just felt that there was too much focus on the country's historical aspect that more than half of the book sounded like a treatise. though generally interesting, it still bored me at certain points and discouraged me from contemplating even a visit to this "troubled" country. i also had a problem with Maggee's claims of being able to transform to a winged she-pony at night lusting after virile man. the idea was appealing but i felt that it bordered more on the metaphysical and symbolic rather than on an actual metamorphosis. i guess i was expecting too much of the paranormal in her journal.
i was looking forward to reading about the supernatural but there was none. i gave too much credit to the blurb and was clearly disappointed.

*Earthly Encounters is available in paperback and ebook formats at http://dorrance.stores.yahoo.net/earen.html
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Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a complimentary copy of Earthly Encounters as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team. visit dorrancebookstore.com to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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