A few months ago I read the Caine Prize compilation of finalist short stories of 2013, which is where I first met Elnathan’s riveting work, "Bayan Layi", a short story that was one of my favourites in the collection, about a street boy for hire thrown into the middle of a village election that turns awry.
This story continues in Born on a Tuesday. He continues the story of this innocent boy and what happens after he leaves his home burning behind him and runs into the bush.
Born on a Tuesday is a tale of a boy growing into a man; of a country going to the dogs; and a fictional account, that almost sounds real, about exactly how the flame of religious extremism is ignited.
I loved this book! It was well told, well placed in today’s world of Boko Haram, abductions, and fearful terrorist attacks, and very well paced. It took me an afternoon to finish, it was that good.
And interspersed in there were a lot of revelations about life and love that did not take away from the overarching theme of the book; which was really just the human condition, and isn’t that the best kind of novel? You can buy it on Amazon.