Just finished reading “October Rush” from the book, “Tales From Different Tails” by Nana Awere Damoah and I must say, it is a very intriguing read! Being a student of KNUST myself and being very much cognizant of the subject explored by the author in the short fiction, I found myself awed from the very first sentence to the last as I marvelled at how vivid the scenes described by the author were…how he was able to capture the reality of it all and caged them in the confines of fiction…all through it all, maintaining the wit that is and has always been the event of “October Rush” in KNUST.
The characters were alive and were no different from the very people we walk around campus with. There is always a “Bazook” we’ve all encountered once or twice…we meet the “Tina” kind every day…The “Patty” kind abound and for the “Akua” kind, I have a friend like that. This is to say that the writer did a great job of breathing life into his characters and making them real and relatable.
The way the writer wields words like how a swordsman will wield his sword is a confirmation of how good the writer is with his words.
This is the first story by the author I am reading (although I have heard a lot about him and have been at one or two literary events with him) and I am very eager to get done with the other stories in the book “Tales From Different Tails” just so I can get other works of his and read.
Although I am yet to finish all the stories in the book, I will recommend the book to everyone reading this review. Get a copy and get blessed by the generosity of the writer.
Just as Kofi Akpabli, CNN Africa Journalist for Arts and Culture and also the writer of the Foreword of the book (Tales From Different Tails) said,Each time a writer digs into his resource and brings out a story, humanity is largely, well-served. But it first begins with curiosity and plenty of generosity. In other words, one must first be interested in observing the human situation and care enough to share. Tales from Different Tails sets out exactly to achieve this. In this selected work of fiction, Nana Awere Damoah gifts the world with his and our story and tells them in terms that enable us to relate effectively. Set in contemporary Ghanaian society, the stories are themed on fate, romance, love and camaraderie betrayed.”