Jessamy Jess Harrison, age eight, is the child of an English father and a Nigerian mother Possessed of an extraordinary imagination, she has a hard time fitting in at school It is only when she visits Nigeria for the first time that she makes a friend who understands her a ragged little girl named TillyTilly But soon TillyTilly s visits become disturbing, untilJessamy Jess Harrison, age eight, is the child of an English father and a Nigerian mother Possessed of an extraordinary imagination, she has a hard time fitting in at school It is only when she visits Nigeria for the first time that she makes a friend who understands her a ragged little girl named TillyTilly But soon TillyTilly s visits become disturbing, until Jess realizes she doesn t actually know who her friend is at all Drawing on Nigerian mythology, Helen Oyeyemi presents a striking variation on the classic literary theme of doubles both real and spiritual in this lyrical and bold debut.From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Icarus Girl Jessamy Jess Harrison age eight is the child of an English father and a Nigerian mother Possessed of an extraordinary imagination she has a hard time fitting in at school It is only when she visits
Onvan The Icarus Girl Nevisande Helen Oyeyemi ISBN 140007875X ISBN13 9781400078752 Dar 352 Safhe Saal e Chap 2005
okay so the ending who knows but the rest of the book had a lot of enjoyable writing its true it was predictable and there were some inconsistencies, but then i realized she was 17 when she wrote this, so i forgave the flaws so magnanimous, i it would have been 4 stars, but that ending but i have her other novel so ill read that, and the new one is out soon and im sure that they will be mature but still retaining the good bits from this first one.
My final feelings about this book couldn t be any farther from where they started I selected this book as one of the latest piles for a speed dating project, and after 50 pages I wanted to put everything else aside and immerse in the story The writing of the young girl Jessamy and her mysterious friend grabbed me it felt new, different, fresh.Somehow along the way it grew tiresome I think perhaps the idea made a better short story and it just seemed stretched out, the ending was not very satisfy [...]
Oyeyemi wrote this whilst still doing her A levels at the age of eighteen It is an interesting exploration of a troubled child looking at imaginary friends, mental health vs normalcy, identity, twins, loss and conflicting cultures Ambitious for a first novel It revolves around Jessamy Harrison the child of a Nigerian mother and an English father She is eight years old Jessamy is quite precocious for her age, but she is also prone to difficult behaviours Whilst in Nigeria Jessamy meets a friend c [...]
As an English teacher, I spend a lot of time being told to tell teenagers that the only important West African author is Chinua Achebe Having long believed that Benjamin Oke and Sole Woyinka prove that wrong, I was delighted to find The Icarus Girl, and in it, a lovely, slightly scary story about a Nigerian British girl It is Western than most Africa books African than most English books In all, it is a delight, and I look forward to reading from the same author.
I didn t go to sleep the night I finished this novel I got into bed and attempted to read my chapter or two and ended up reading until I was done 5 o clock in the morning Every time I finished one chapter, I had to read the next and then the next But nothing ever happenedother than extreme creepiness due to the main character, 8 year old Jess s evil creepy alter ego spirit imaginary friend of the same age I had way too many questions when this story was done I mean, I like it when the story kind [...]
While this debut novel is certainly an impressive achievement for an 18 year old writer, it s hard to escape the conclusion that purely on its own merits as a book, it s rather flat Apparently partially inspired by the author s own troubles as a child, the story centers on the psychological problems of 8 year old Jessamy The lonely only child of a Nigerian woman and English father, she lives in the suburbs of Kent, England, and we meet her for the first time as she hides in a linen closet The se [...]
This is an exquisite examination of the mind of an imaginative child, with just hints of otherness around the edges The child and her thought processes are amazing and Oyeyemi s ability to maintain a certain ambivalence is remarkable.
If you believe there is a fine line between madness and psychic abilities this is a fascinating look at one troubled young girl s life Well worth the read even if you don t hold those beliefs.
3.5 stars, rounded down for the ending, which felt too rushed and a bit too inconclusive I have shelved this as horror, as it certainly contained some very creepy and downright scary scenes On the one hand, it s a story about a half English, half Nigerian little girl coming to terms with her feelings of not fitting in On the other hand, it s a dark dark tale incorporating some seriously terrifying mythologies This book was written when the author was still at sixth form, and taken in that contex [...]
Not my favourite of Oyeyemi s work, but then again she wrote this while studying for her final highschool exams I can barely string a sentence together on deadline at the moment, with no exams in sight and the writing is beautiful and strong in equal measure The only problem is the plot, which has a tendency to tangle in on itself without quite getting anywhere Even the ending is a little flat it needs something , if not explanation or resolution then at least dreaminess, uncertainty But oh, t [...]
3.5 stars Jessamy is 8 years old, half English and half Nigerian and has a friend named TillyTilly that no one else can see TillyTilly wreaks havoc on Jessamy s life and the lives of those around her I liked this book, but I also felt confused by this book I came to this title because it was described as having a lot to do with Nigerian fairy tales The moment I finished reading this book, I fired up google to find out what I could about Nigerian fairy tales, which was not a lot So that unfortuna [...]
It has taken me way longer than it should to get through this 320 page book I just couldn t do it I lost interest 100 pages into it, not because it was boring but because it just wasn t engaging I didn t form any attachments to the characters, I didn t look forward to picking it up in my free time to continue reading, and i m not at all curious as to how the plot will pan out Ok maybe just a little curious, but not enough Although i do have to say that even though i wasn t so invested in it, a p [...]
I wanted to love this book The themes of duality, sisters twins, and cultural identity were engaging, but it seemed like these were never fully explored, despite the length of the book The author, Helen Oyeyemi, spends over 300 pages drawing readers into her story, inviting them to wonder what kind of entity is at play with the main character, Jess Wuraola Jess is the nine year old daughter of a Yoruba, Nigerian mother and an English father Jess is an exceptionally clever child, but has not deve [...]
I didn t follow every single thing that happened in this book but it was okay I was pretty into it, so even if some of its magical bits clunked around, I let them.I was entirely unprepared for how scary this was It isn t a horror book at all, but a lot of scenes are genuinely frightening I did a lot of the reading at bedtime, in the dark in a strange house I loved it but wow.I impulse bought this at a stoop sale just before leaving Brooklyn, even though I was on a strict no new books packing reg [...]
Like almost everyone else, I was not satisfied with the ending, but marvel at the fact that Helen Oyeyemi was only 18 when she wrote it Had everything somehow come together in the end, I would have given this book 5 stars Regardless of the ending this book is definitely worth reading and I look forward to discovering books from this author
I am not sure what it was about this book that didn t engage me I have to admire the fact that it was written when the author was in her last year at secondary school And there is some very good writing in this novel But somehow the book just misses the mark.The premise is interesting, if familiar, and suited to magic realism A highly sensitive and imaginative child divided between cultures the Nigerian of her mother and white British of her father goes visit her grandfather in Nigeria where she [...]
I m not sure how much to say about the plot of The Icarus Girl It s not hard to figure out what s really going on in the story if you give it some effort, so it s not like I m giving wild spoilers or anything But then again what about those readers who would like to know as little as possible going in to a story like this I guess I ll try to skirt the issue as much as I can, but if you re planning on reading this and want to remain untainted by anything resembling a spoiler, now is the time to l [...]
People are doing Oyeyemi a serious disservice in not marketing her books as horror They are also doing ME a disservice because then I read them late at night and am so terrified I have to leave the bathroom light on as a night light Book was so scary D I can t bear the powerlessness of the little girl I know Jess wins through in the end and gains power from her sister but it s still so scary And the long armed lady And TillyTilly D I liked Jess s granddad, though He is everything a longlost gran [...]
If you pick up this crazily awesome book late at night like I did last night you will be forced to stay up all night just to finish it, as I have I just could not put this book down It was unique and creepy and really excelled at creating a frightening atmosphere, while having ambitions beyond just scaring its audience All the fun of a popcorn read and all the beautiful prose, sensitivity, and depth of a so called literary novel I loved it Drop what you re doing and read this now.
THIS IS WRITING.
A lovely debut novel Has a little bit of creepiness that she used of in White is for Witching.
I m still waffling on if this is 2.5 or a solid 3 I m going with a 3 for the sake of GR s rating system, but also because I did like this book There isn t a thing wrong with the storyline, in fact, The Icarus Girl has a unique and intriguing plot It s all about a half Nigerian, half English eight year old named Jessamy, who is having difficulty adjusting to her social surroundings To escape her realities, she does what any child would do and that is finds acceptance in creating imaginary worlds [...]
a lot of things I love are in this book, including but not limited to folktales, twins, hauntings, stormy brilliant strange fighting girls, three worlds, homesickness
Mind numbingly boring Bailed a quarter of the way in.
This has a pretty, literary cover and a pretty, literary title and so I thought it would be, at most, part of the Todorovan fantastic, maybe it is real and maybe it is imagined insanity, which, honestly, I find one of the most boring conceits in all of literature most of the time But no There is an ACTUAL GHOST Or perhaps not a ghost But an actual supernatural being Structurally, this is a very traditional ghost story The prose is lovely, but my favorite thing is Jess and her reserve must type u [...]
It took me ages to read this book I would start it but never get past a few chapters, not because it was bad but just because i never felt engaged enough to want to continue When i finally did finish it i thought it was okay but i still didn t feel very engaged, the story was interesting but i think i was always waiting for the story to really pick up but it just kind of stayed at the same pace then the end just fizzled out I was left thinking is that it i was hoping for a bit oomph to the stor [...]
The first third of this book was definitely the strongest A wonderful introduction to the MC, and an even interesting look at a compound families life in Nigeria.It got weaker after that, but I enjoyed the end even though many are upset by the ambivalence.
Rating 3.5 starsTwo hungry people should never make friends If they do, they eat each other up It is the same with one person who is hungry and another who is full they cannot be real, real friends because the hungry one will eat the full one You understand This was a very odd book So heavy with symbolism, I can barely stand it Yet the symbols were things I didn t quite understand I don t know, maybe I m just inexperienced Either way, this will be a short review because of that.The storytelling [...]