Dangerous Love (Ben Okri)

Mrs Maxted was inspired to read this book during the Christmas holidays after Mr van Straten recommended Ben Okri’s poem, Letter to an English Friend in Africa, for our poetry webpages celebrating National Poetry Day, which she found lyrical and moving.  She felt that Dangerous Love is an inspiring and compelling read.

“Ben Okri builds a vivid picture of Nigerian life: of the compound with its complete lack of privacy, the gossip, the good times, the street life, the complex nature of family relationships and the kindness and treachery of friends. Overshadowing everything, is the image of a nation struggling to come to terms with the atrocity of the recent civil war, the echoes of which presage the story’s tragic conclusion.”  NielsenBookData Online

Have you read any of Okri’s work?  Could you recommend any of his other titles?  Please get in touch…

Author: Berkhamsted School Library

Main aims for Berkhamsted School Library • to provide a central resource for the whole school curriculum • to encourage an ethos of enquiry and discovery • to assist pupils in becoming confident and independent learners • to develop research and information skills throughout the school • to offer resources which enrich cultural values and experiences for pupils, as well as have a role in their recreational life and promote reading for pleasure as a lifelong activity

2 thoughts on “Dangerous Love (Ben Okri)”

  1. Ms Guy,
    My mum read this book and she said it was quite saddening to have these images of poor Nigerian people who had suffered due to the recent civil war in her head. Although, it was clear from what she said that she did enjoy the book.
    Peter McCall

    1. Dear Peter,
      I completely agree with your mum about the images evoked by this book and it is awful to read read of such poverty and distress. However, Ben Okri is well-placed to write of such things, having been born in Nigeria and spent a good deal of time there. Don’t you think that we should read about life experienced by other cultures and how it should add to our knowledge of the world? I personally was very moved by the story and believe that only Mr Okri could write of it in the way that he has. It has inspired me to read more of his work and his poetry is well worth a look…
      Best wishes,
      Mrs Maxted

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