Sunday, April 25, 2010
The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna
Tim Adams reviews Aminatta Forna's The Memory of Love, and observes that the book is " a sharp reminder that the prime mover of Sierra Leone's monstrous recent history remains on trial in the Hague. Charles Taylor is so steeped in blood that his prosecutors still struggle to make any single one of his crimes speak to the incalculable sum of the grief visited on an innocent population. As Forna's forensic reinhabiting of the aftermath of the conflict reveals, these wounds may have vivid physical realities, but it is always behind the eyes that they are felt most keenly."
It looks like Aminata is doing to Sierra Leone what Chimamanda did to Nigeria in her beautiful Half of a Yellow Sun.