GENRE: Fiction – Literary
NUMBER OF PAGES: 164
SERIES / STANDALONE: Faraway Lands #2
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from the writer! Thanks a lot Marion for sending this beautiful book to me.
Having read most of Marion’s works, needless to say, I’m a big fan of hers already. Evocative writing filled with descriptions and tiny details are a rarity these days. In fact, the very genre of literary fiction has been diluted over the years so much that the writing has waned into the equivalent of an instant coffee – watery and flavorless. This book is a pleasant exception much like the writer’s other books.
“The Lion Mountains” is a heartwarming tale of happy little English girl – Melanie in the enchanting land of Sierra Leone, Africa. Melanie in her own sweet way of a child understands the cultural differences between her country and that of Africa while discovering the dangers that lurks beneath the sweet exterior of the country that she very much taken by. The story is part of the writer's own experiences in the country.Narrated from the view point of the child, the story delivers a strong message that is essential for an adult, more than a child, to lead a peaceful life.
It is evident that the writer, Marion, is extremely proficient in the art of storytelling, for it is apparent in the way the book has been written. I could visualize the sights and feel the atmosphere of Sierra Leone through the story. Most importantly, I could step into the shoes of an 8 year old who tries her best to understand the complicated dynamics of an adult’s life. The writer effortlessly deals with complex themes of cultural differences, women oppression and the liberal culture of Africa. In short, the book is a pure joy to read and a perfect material to assimilate and ponder upon.
MY SAY: A must read just for the human values the writer has dealt with.
PLOT : 8/10
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 1/10 (the lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 9.5/10
AUTHOR LINKS: Website
BOOK LINKS: Amazon