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Andoh's lively, intelligent and evocative reading can't save this book from being too long. It rambles on and on, so while horrific tales are told the attention starts to wander. She said that before, when did she say that before, what exactly does she mean here, is it because she is telling it from a child's point of view? While these questions are popping up the story fades. I wkuld highly recommend an abridged version as the story itself is gripping and needs to be told.
The first time I heard Adjoa Andoh narrate was when I listened to her performance of Adiche’s Americanah. I really enjoyed her performance, and felt that it was enhanced by the fact that I thought I was being exposed to an authentic Nigerian accent and that I was developing some insight into a culture I did not know much about. I was disappointed when I started listening to The Devil That Danced on the Water and realized that, in Andoh’s voice, people from Sierra Leone sound the same as people from Nigeria. This does not help to combat the Western perception that “Africa is a country”. I suppose I should have done some research into Andoh before I made assumptions.
The memoir itself was moving and delicately told - however, I found the last three hours were quite heavy going as the author got into the fine details of who said what to whom and I started to lose track.