Official Review: Strangers In Another Country

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Official Review: Strangers In Another Country

Post by Rosemary Okoko » 07 Mar 2018, 02:07

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Strangers In Another Country" by Lawrence G. Taylor.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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The book, Strangers In Another Country, is written by Lawrence G. Taylor. It has about 172 pages and is written in narrative form, giving personal experiences of different black men from Guyana, who moved to foreign lands expecting good life. They struggle with love affairs, culture shock and financial issues. Being in countries where there is racial discrimination proves to be difficult and draws them closer to other blacks regardless of where they are originally from. A French-African man commits suicide when life becomes unbearable for him. We see how Moby, originally from Guyana, comes to the aid of Grey, who is originally from the United States of America, simply because he is black, and is therefore considered a brother.

I like the brotherhood that is displayed by these young black men and their willingness to support their own. The author has developed the characters quite well and their stories are a close reflection of his own experience as he struggled to settle in London from Guyana as a young man. The effects of racism that young people go through in foreign lands come out clearly in this book. One has to be strong at heart and be willing to be social enough to make friends.

What I did not like about this book was the suspense encountered at the end of each narration. Just when the reader reaches the climax of the story, it ends abruptly. I think the author could give us more on the interaction between the individual characters and the people they encountered to thicken the plot. We see Mr. Charlie cook up an excuse for not going to work so that he can meet a girl through his friend. He has been keeping off social life and is therefore excited. When the girl knocks on his door, he opens it and sees her smiling at him. The story ends there.

The grammatical errors are minor and do not interfere with the easy read. I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I have denied it a rating of 4 because I feel that the plot is not thick enough. I cannot rate it lower because I enjoyed reading it.

I recommend this book to anyone who is struggling to settle in a foreign country. Facing discrimination should not lead to desperation and suicidal thoughts. The book can be read by young adults and those who want a quick read with cliffhangers.

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Post by Jaime Lync » 07 Mar 2018, 08:21

I thoroughly enjoyed this review. Thanks for sharing. I totally understood what you mean when you said that the plot needed to be thickened but it was still a good read. I've come across a lot of books like that.

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Post by Rosemary Okoko » 07 Mar 2018, 09:45

Thank you Jaime Lync for reading the review. I really do appreciate your comments. It's a very interesting book to read if you overlook the cliffhangers.

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Post by Jkhorner » 07 Mar 2018, 09:47

Interesting review! I find it odd that a historical fiction book has cliffhangers; perhaps the author recognized his need for more plot and wanted to add some excitement? In any case, thank you for the review! It definitely would be a different read for me!

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Post by Rosemary Okoko » 07 Mar 2018, 09:55

Thank you Jkhorner for stopping by. Each of the stories end pretty much the same, with cliffhangers! Thanks for the comments.

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Post by kandscreeley » 07 Mar 2018, 09:58

I've never really moved anywhere that was not within my "culture." So, I can't really relate to what the characters were going through. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been. Sounds like there are a few issues with the story, but it's a good read overall. Thanks for the information.
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Post by Rosemary Okoko » 07 Mar 2018, 10:07

Thanks kandscreeley for reading and commenting. It was quite a challenge for them to settle, considering that they were in their late teenage and early twenties.

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Post by Kat Berg » 07 Mar 2018, 16:23

These are the kind of stories that easily grabs my heart. I am unsure about the cliffhangers. It seems like a part of the short story genre that they often will leave the reader to fill in where the story goes after the writing is finished. Sometimes I like that; sometimes I do not. I think if it is every single story that might grow old.

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Post by Rosemary Okoko » 07 Mar 2018, 23:42

Hi Kat Berg, you might just like this one. It was a new type of read for me and very interesting. Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for your comments.

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Post by RebeccasReading » 09 Mar 2018, 12:08

This sounds like a book I would love. I really enjoy stories about immigrants in a new world. Thanks for the review

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Post by Rosemary Okoko » 09 Mar 2018, 12:30

Hi RebeccasReading, good to know that you enjoy reading stories about immigrants. Hope you will read and enjoy this one. Thanks for your comment.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 09 Mar 2018, 21:11

Oh I can feel you as you give details about the sudden abrupt ending, too bad, it sounds like if the author is planing to write a part 2 of its series. Yet a fascinating read! I like the way how story is approached from different individuals and it depicts the reality that any foreigner or a immigrant would face when settling or living in a foreign land for a long term period. Thank you for the fascinating review!
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Post by Rosemary Okoko » 09 Mar 2018, 22:12

I wish that the author is considering a part 2 series because i am so looking forward to reading it! Thank you Sahani Nimandra for reading and thinking the same about part 2.

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