The Opposite House

The Opposite House

Book - 2007
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In a dazzling follow-up to The Icarus Girl, Oyeyemi explores the thin wall between myth and reality through the alternating tales of two young women and their search for the truth about faith and identity.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2007.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780385513845
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 257 p. ; 22 cm.


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Sep 20, 2017

Oyeyemi's prose is always masterful, and her settings secure yet surreal. The substrate and anchor in the work is definitely self-perception as we follow Maja and experience her relationship with her parents, brother, boyfriend and best friend and feel her growing disconnect with her adopted city of London and the barely-remembered country of Cuba which her family fled. A surreal feeling is ever-present in her works - like a veil over a everything - which I feel is the closest thing that writing can come to expressing one's internal world and thoughts. Gotta be truthful regarding the somewherehouse and its function as a parallel... without the summary pointing out that parallel between Maja and Aya, I wouldn't have caught it, and definitely wouldn't have caught the Santeria panoply morphing into and mixing with the Catholic saints. Overall it is enjoyable and is full of Oyeyemi's unique style.


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