Thursday, March 4, 2010

"Baptizing the Gun." Uwen Akpan.

One-minute review: On a trip to ask for contributions from  rich Lagosian churches, the narrator’s Volkswagen Beetle dies. A native offers to help and then terrorizes the narrator with his words and actions. The reader experiences the chaotic country and its people. Most of the terrorizing is imagined by the narrator who is in an unfamiliar country. In the end the one who has helped him walks away, smiling, the imaginary gun in his back pocket simply an oversized handkerchief.
The New Yorker. January 4, 2010. 

Comment: The picture of the chaotic countryside is vivid.

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