The Other Hand by Chris Cleave

‘ If your face is swollen from the severe beatings of life, smile and pretend to be a fat man’ (Nigerian Proverb).

Set in both Nigeria and the UK, The Other Hand is a book that grips you from the first page, the first sentence even. It is the most heartbreaking book since A Thousand Splendid Suns and I promise you is just as unforgettable. Chris Cleave writes with such innocent emotion. It is so well written you feel you can relate to Sarah, to Little Bee, to Andrew to every character. Written with such beautiful humour among such ugly tragedy, Chris Cleave takes you on a journey of discovery. With the turn of each page, not only do you learn who they are, but who you are too.

Like the many others who have gone before me in the quest of reviewing this extraordinary work of literal genius, I will not tell you the story. It is so special, the meaning is in the reading. In the unknown. Instead, I have four words for you: Buy It. Read It. I promise you, you won’t regret it.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cr
    Feb 15, 2010 @ 11:01:38

    I enjoyed it too.
    You forgot to mention how many tissues the reader will need! Some scenes had me sobbing.


  2. alphabetgames
    Feb 15, 2010 @ 20:32:31

    Me too… Quite unfortunate for London commuters that the only time I read it was on the Underground. I’m still thinking about it now… what a book….


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