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A peep into Fapohunda’s Bits Of Other People

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Book: Bits Of Other People
Author: Tolu Fapohunda
Pages: 274
Publisher: Eleventh House
Year: 2019

Whatever misgiving you may have of the younger generation’s narrative skill, Tolu Fapohunda is somebody that should be given a second look. In his first effort, Bits of Other People, he has written a ‘triumphant literature’ in this age of Yahoo Yahoo. No doubt, he has many things in common with good storytellers — believable characters, proper dialogue and plausible plot.

You will be impressed by the literariness of this work. It is one of the few novels that you’d read and wouldn’t stop until the end — from the first page to the last. A mystery novel set in Lagos, it keeps you glued to the suspense, intrigue and hidden revelation. Every chapter in this book is carefully written and constructed. The sentences are not out of place.

In 23 chapters and 274 pages, he takes his readers through suspense full, suffocating narrative. The story is straightforward. A chance meeting. There is a hope for something meaningful. It begins when a woman he is getting acquainted with is killed in the unlikeliest of places — the church.

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Deji Depiver, budding painter, is plagued by dreams of her and starts to ask questions. He soon discovers a clutch of characters as likely source of her death. But who amongst them, and more importantly, why?

To get to the bottom of what has gone wrong in this unusual situation, he relies on his jobless friend, Somto, his retried vegetable growing mother and her gossipy party loving friend, in a revelation of action and unexpected consequence, prejudice and other people.

Fapohunda’s imagery is concrete and you’ll like how he describes emotion. His strongest point is character development and dialogue. His dialogue, plot, subplot, good characterisation, lovely and animated cast, intriguing!

With an eye for details, Fapohunda weaves a story that is gripping. He surprises his reader with his serene style about love and mystery: the chronological structure, the lengthy narrative and lyrical prose.

It is, in its way, a book that is commendable and recommended for reading this time that you are at home because of coronavirus pandemic.Born in Ilesa, Osun State, Fapohunda spent most of his childhood in Ondo and Lagos states. He earned two degrees from the university of Ibadan. An avid reader and collector of classic mysteries, he c is interested in the African perspective of things. He divides his time between Lagos and Ibadan. He is currently working on his second mystery novel, All The Walls Are Shaking.

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