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With the Unscripted Illusions, Darasimi catalogues ills of Nigerian society


The novel, The Unscripted Illusions, is a collection of 14 short stories by a young writer, Emmanuel F. Darasimi. It is a product of the fertile imagination of a burgeoning novelist, with deep narrative skills. He weaves the stories around daily happenings in the society. As a result, the reader easily identifies with the characters in the stories.

The 202-page book, published this year, encapsulates the reader’s mind with concrete imagery.The Unscripted Illusions is not the author’s first journey into the world of creative imagination, but his debut in the prose genre, having authored Tragedy Of Whispers, a collection of poems, released in 2017.

The book is engaging as it contains stories that are filled with suspense, appealing to both the young and old. In some of the stories, like The Fragrance Of Death and Awo May Twist, the readers are left wondering over the identities of the perpetrators of the killings, thus heightening the suspense.

Aside from containing entertaining stories, The Unscripted Illusions is didactic, as relevant messages are embedded in the stories, which discerning readers will dig out and apply in their day-to-day activities.

In the final analysis, The Unscripted Illusion is a great work of art by a young writer, who has shown traces of a master storyteller, giving Nigerians hope of producing more great writers. The novel is therefore recommended for all.

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