Review Freshwater By Akwaeke Emezi – Ada has always been unusual. As an infant in southern Nigeria, she is a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents successfully prayed her into existence, but something must have gone awry, as the young Ada becomes a troubled child, prone to violent fits of anger and grief.
But Ada turns out to be more than just volatile. Born “with one foot on the other side,” she begins to develop separate selves. When Ada travels to America for college, a traumatic event crystallizes the selves into something more powerful. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these alters—now protective, now hedonistic—move into control, Ada’s life spirals in a dangerous direction.
Written with stylistic brilliance and based in the author’s realities, this raw and extraordinary debut explores the metaphysics of identity and being, plunging the reader into the mysteries of self. Unsettling, heart-wrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.
I was surprised to read this novel from beginning to end. I think this is just a simple story, Ada was an ordinary baby born in Southern Nigeria and moved to America for college. But it was not as simple as I thought. Everyone thinks if Ada might be a curse but her parents managed to turn her story into a very good life.
I met Ada story that lived in different voices and characters. Since then I’m sure that this debut is indeed amazing. This is not an ordinary story with ordinary characters. Every narrative made for Ada drew my mind to continue exploring the story to the end. Then over and over again and uncover information I had not previously thought about. Each sentence is thoroughly assembled and keeps the reader on hold.
I strongly agree that this story is not just about Ada. Although at a certain moment it is about Ada. Then I was surprised when the other personality pushed Ada to cut off her body parts. Then the story develops when Ada reaches the United States. Herself is not the real Ada because another spirit has been living in its body.
Then the event of sexual abuse on Virginia campus made Ada invisible. She is not There and I can not find her. Asughara lives in Ada and has encouraged her to curl up, cut her hair and destroy the lives of other people’s romance. It’s a very broken character and makes me feel emotional.
Not until there, because I was suddenly introduced to Saint Vincent. Another person with a very gentle character and contrary to Asughara. Of course, there is a struggle for power in mind There is a very different character. Some of the personalities in Ada’s body are not just a story. There has a character as a protagonist from birth, then continues into adulthood. All being unfair and I want to help her. But this is not a common mental illness. This story about mental disorders that existed from birth and participate grow like the physical sufferers. It’s about mental illness that will ruin life from beginning to end, especially when it does not get help.
This novel made me learn a lot about mental disorders. No other writer can combine the interesting and binding narrative elements and prose stories like Akwaeke Emezi. Everything in this story makes me ask a lot and keep searching for other knowledge.
I highly recommend this novel. Ada’s story really makes us think open. Suicide, depression, rude attitude and some other things are just images of Ada but it does exist in real life. The novel really makes the view different in mental disorder. Thanks to NetGalley. FreshwaterbyAkwaekeEmezi#NetGalley
I think : Buy it
Page Length: 240 pages
Publisher, date : Grove Press, 13 Feb 2018
- The story is hard to guess but fun to read
- The storyline is very complete and charming
- Many lessons for readers
Honestly, hard to find anything bad from this book