Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A peculiar tragedy

Every once in a while geniuses engage in less ingenious ideas. Even Nobel Prize winners often writes some less inspiring works. Michiko Kakutani, the doyen of literary reviews often produces okay reviews. Our African Kakutani has just produced one of his weakest book reviews ever. Did I say book review? I should have said "author review," for that is exactly what Ikhide Ikheloa has done in this piece.
This is how the piece begins:
"The writer Adewale Maja-Pearce' just published a sloppy biography of the literary icon John Pepper Clark-Bekederemo titled, ‘A Peculiar Tragedy: J.P. Clark-Bekederemo and the Beginning of Modern Nigerian Literature in English.' Apparently Maja-Pearce dreamed up a proposal to write Clark's biography and applied somewhere for a $63,000 grant to fund the project."
Anyway, see for yourself.

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