Born on a Tuesday – June Book of the Month
From two-time Caine Prize finalist Elnathan John, a dynamic young voice from Nigeria ‘Born on a Tuesday’ is a gripping and entertaining novel about a young boy struggling to find his place in a society that is fracturing along religious and political lines.
It is a story of Dantala (character) who grew up in the northern of Nigeria. The Quranic student who loses his religious way and joins a street gang. Engaging in petty crime, violence and drugs, Dantala had to run to escape the consequences of his actions. Sheikh Jamal from the local mosque takes him and save him from all the evil he was dealing with. Growing up in the mosque he witnessed the fight between 2 Islam groups the Sunnis and the Shia (those who want peace and those promoting Jihad) leading to the death of his mentor ‘Sheikh’.
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Dantala eventually decides to go back to his village to look for his mother only to discover it has been wrecked by floods.
“Insha Allah, when I come back she will see me. One day, Insha Allah, I will take her out of this place to the city, where there are hospitals and bright fluorescent lights”
Throughout the story, Dantala makes new friends (Jibril), encounters both emotional and moral conflicts and attempts to discover his place in an increasingly broken world, all the while trying to remain loyal to Allah and follow the teachings of Islam. This story is tough, topical, directly-written and yet engaging, troubling, sad. It will take you through different emotions as the turnout of events.
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