Bonjour Lavs! I hope you are having a wonderful week.
Today’s book of the week is Measuring Time by Helon Habila. This is a story about twin brothers, LaMamo and Mamo, the lives of the people surrounded them and the events that shaped their lives.
Mamo inherits sickle cell anaemia from his mother, who died at childbirth without knowing that she actually had two children. LaMamo, the other twin, who seems stronger and more confident, is however more irrational and less cool-headed than his sickly brother. They seem like two sides of a coin, bearing different sides but still the same. They also happen to share an immense hatred for their father which unites them even more, asides from their search for fame and glory.
The protagonist, however, turns out to be Mamo who turns out to be a history teacher and biographer.
This is just not fiction but it is also a story about African history and tradition, about how a lot of things have not actually changed much.
I have not finished reading this yet (and I do not want to be a spoiler) but it is a really good read that you would not regret. I do hope you check it out.