There are Writers and there are Writers. There are those who write with expectations and hope for tremendous progression and recognition, thus their approach to the art is characterised by a peculiar zeal, of which pleasant outcome is determined largely by a keen eye for details, a refined talent and often stroke(s) of luck. And there are those who write without much care for much recognition; awards, movie deals and outcomes of that sort.
Geraldine Iheme’s “Disfigured Emotions” is a good effort that describes real events like child abuse, neglect as the basis for emotional and psychological deficiency that translate to terrible behaviours and outcomes as displayed by Phillip-Junior and Stella in this short novel. The book addresses basic societal issues and how they are precipitated by a lack or outright absence of proper family values.
I must acknowledge her courage as she attempted a style that is quite difficult to pull off. She didn’t quite apply it efficiently, but the desire to see how she amalgamates the aspects of the story will surely keep the reader flipping pages, although proper satisfaction is not mine to guarantee.
The story is written with simple words all through and that makes for easy reading, but many times I found the story to be moving too quickly and lacking enough details in some places; it appeared as though she was in a hurry to get to the end. Her inadequacy in research and perhaps inexperience is betrayed especially when she wrote about Chief Emenaju and his crew’s ritual killing activities. She didn’t quite bring such parts of the story to life before the reader.
The issues addressed in the book and the message it conveys are a big plus and present the work as a good read. It is fast paced, short and unambiguous. Geraldine is currently working on her second book and it will be nice to see her provide more details, make her scenes as plausible as possible and indulge in more research.