It’s been a while since my last post, but I’m still here!

Today we have: Secrets by Nuruddin Farah!

OK, so spoiler alert, this was a WEIRD book. Within the first 100 pages we had bestiality, voyeurism, and under-age sex. And it got weirder from there. In fact, there’s quite a bit of sex in this book. And really, none of it is pleasant 0.o No Fifty Shades of Grey here!

The book follows a young man named Kalaman. He is being relentlessly pursued by a woman that he grew up with named Sholoongo, who has returned from America to inform him that she wants him to get her pregnant. Which is kind of an awkward statement to make, especially to someone whom you literally haven’t seen in years.

Kalaman refuses, but he can’t seem to get rid of Sholoongo, despite his best efforts. He turns to his grandfather for help, but as he journeys back to his home village, he begins to uncover secrets that his family has tried to keep hidden from him his entire life.

Kalaman’s mother, in particular, has kept many secrets from him. She is introduced to us as a cold, angry woman. At first glance, it seems like she can’t be happy with anyone or anything, but by the end of the book the reader as a COMPLETELY different perspective of her. I won’t spoil anything, but it’s quite artful the way Farah can make his readers completely change their minds about this character.

My favorite quote from the book is near the end: “Motherhood…is the off-and-on light in the darkness of night, a firefly in joyous dizziness and rejoicing, now here, now there, and everywhere.”

Doesn’t that make you want to go hug your mom? Ugh. Beautiful!

What have you read from Somalia?

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