‘The Last Carver’, a novel written by Ositadimma Amakeze in response to the growing concern about culture continuity and bequeathal of traditional values to the next generation, would be released in the last quarter of this year.
Published by Purple Shelves Publishers, Nigeria, the book is set in pre-colonial Igboland, the much anticipated novel is evocative of the spellbinding effects of old-style African classics such as Achebe’s ‘Things Fall Apart’.
It makes insightful use of proverbs and nuanced narrative flair that portray African lifestyle in its pristine stage.
Author of ‘From the Crevices of Corps Hearts’, Chinyere Chukwudi-Okeh, said: “In the generous and colourful deployment of folk wisdom and culture lies the depth and strength of The Last Carver. In this inter-cosmic world of man, masks, and masquerades where words are sent on gnomic errands are messages that transcend fiction to reality. This is whom we are, our own very story recollected in print.”
The plot revolves round Omenka, who takes the centre-stage immersing the readers, navigating through the intricacies of cultural ideals which the present, in all its romance with exogenous influences, must consistently recourse to in order to retain its characteristic glory.
Poet, novelist and a priest, Osita “seems to have a knack for exploring ancient stories that have inexhaustible relevance and this trait comes to the fore once again as it did in his 2014 novel (Teeth of a Snail).
‘The Last Carver’ is another colourful feather in his prolific career cap, one that would undoubtedly receive resounding applause from the public.
“I know Ositadimma Amakeze as a poet of unusual ability. The effect of that flair on his creative story is so evident from the beginning to the end of this amazing novel,” opines Dr. P.J Ezeh.
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