The Girl with the Louding Voice

by Abi Dare

Review

In my book group this week we were reading this and it was my choice to listen to it as an audio book. I am so pleased that I did.

It is a very inspiring story of why not to give up and how to endure the most terrible things and still have faith in humanity to lift us up. So many books I read make me feel why did I bother, eg Brooklyn, On the Road, To the Lighthouse. But this story was drawing me in right the way through. It might have been because I wanted an insight into a culture that is very different from my own, but this was also why I chose to listen to it instead, as the reader acted like a guide to the Nigerian culture. And the dialect gave added authenticity.

In normal times I don’t think I would have looked at this book twice. I would have not been concerned with the characters or would think that perhaps it could be far too distressing a read. In fact, for me, this was about right and I am pleased I attended my book group this month and read something out of my comfort zone.

Published by simplyme841

How I got through it I really don't know, but I did a vow of silence for learning disabilities for a year a couple of years ago. I had wanted to do it for three or four years beforehand, after finding out about an Australian who did it for the animals. But the timing was never right. It was difficult but during the silence I learnt about John Francis, the environmentalist and author, who did it for seventeen years whilst walking barefoot across America playing the banjo. I had to make sure I drank enough fluids and had plenty of exercise so that my respiratory system didn't collapse, and learnt new things and read difficult books to keep my mind alert. It is very tough again during lockdown too, but immensely difficult for those with learning disabilities. I began writing my poetry last spring in the first Covid pandemic lockdown, and it poured out of me. But as you can tell from my readings my voice is still weak.

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