Hey lovely people!
I know I said in my last post that book reviews would be few on these streets but guess who completed a book last week? This girl! Really, I blame the book and its author, Roxane Gay. I could not put this book down. It is an amazing book. Deeply haunting and I thought about it for days afterwards and even as I remember it now, I still get goosebumps.
“An Untamed State” is a book about strength, pride, love and the sheer will to live. Mireille Duval-Jameson possesses all of these traits and has to put them to use when she is kidnapped while vacationing with her husband and ten month old son in her hometown of Haiti and her father refuses to pay her ransom. She is forced to fight to stay alive and when she is eventually released, deal with the resulting psychological trauma.
I love the way Roxane Gay writes. I love the relationship the protagonist has with her husband and her husband’s family. I love this book. It is eye-opening in more ways than one and it forces you to empathize.
“Once upon a time, in a far-off land, I was kidnapped by a gang of fearless yet terrified young men with so much impossible hope beating inside their bodies it burned their very skin and strengthened their will right through their bones.”
“There are three Haitis—the country Americans know and the country Haitians know and the country I thought I knew.”
“Falling in love, my mother says, requires its own private space. She and my father had no choice but to carve that private space for themselves where there was none.”
“There is nothing a man cannot get through if he tries hard enough.”
“When I tried to push him away, he only held on to me more tightly. I have always appreciated how he never lets me go. I need that. My natural instinct is for flight and the safety of solitude.”
“Americans have such strange ideas about the world beyond their borders.”
“There is something terribly intimate about bathing another person.”
“They were there to be seen holding vigil and supporting the family. They were a benevolent pestilence.”
“Desperation and foolishness are nearly the same.”
“Girl children are not safe in a world where there are men. They need to learn to be strong.”
I gave this book 5/5 stars. Everyone should read it.
Till soon, Afoma.
PS: Get at me if you’d like a copy 😉