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by Christopher Abani
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading!, 5 Dec 2010
This review is from: Graceland (Paperback)
Chris Abani's Graceland is a great book.It details cultures,change,struggle,good,evil,forces and allows us at the same time an opportunity to be apprehensive and sentimental.It deals with Elvis's struggles with sexuality in a perverse and ethically erased diatribal way.Some telling details of rape,schiophilia,incest,anal sex,crucifixes,human trafficing,renouncing politics and just the age old struggle of men are evoked by Abani.The Igbo traditions are also examined and add a fine contrast to the western way of life which permeates aspects of the Nigerian cultural frame.The book even touches on issues such as minelstry and burlesque which was exciting and Abani's detail is commendable.Its a great book.Lively,energetic,real(a bit too real at times),harrowing,concealing but nonetheless contemporary in its questioning and perhaps subtle denounciation of the status quo.

by Ricky Martin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.19

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's just Ok., 5 Dec 2010
This review is from: Me (Hardcover)
This book - Ricky Martin's biography is ok.It borders on the maudlin,sentimental and emotional most of the time but thats ok hey were all human.The details Ricky gives as to his music life and performances lack the viscerality and performativity of his living persona(ie. His writing doesnt evoke his on stage character)and the reader doesnt get much of the insight into his energy and flamboyancy.He talks alot about spirituality and how it affects him,he mentions trips to India and that he is a family man.What we really get is an insight into a man struggling but(to me)he somehow always coming out on top 9 times outta 10 out of those struggles.Ricky emerges as a strong character in a mileau of heteronormativity-His acceptance of his homosexuality and humanitarian work is admirable and the his love for his two sons is so too.I personally expected more that what I read,I got bored at times.Go on Wikipedia and you'll find out just as much.Sorry Ricky-

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