BOOK REVIEW: ‘LATER TONIGHT’
AUTHOR: TUNDE OSOSANYA
PUBLISHED: AUGUST 1, 2016
Reading previous short stories by TundeOsosanya will always give you an appetite to ask for more, in terms of reading the very experience of characters portrayed as people you see every day on the streets, on a transit home and everywhere else in the society, his style has made a name for him in the literary scene as a “voice of the voiceless.”
However, Tunde’s newest collection of short stories features interesting titles and sampled a whole lot of characters from different walks of life, although some of the stories mostly contain sexual narratives but in an entertaining way rather than erotic depiction and can be rated 16+.
Story titles that best impress me include; The Burning Food, A Step-Daughter’ Diary, Arinze and the Ghosts, Later Tonight, A Poisonous Fruit, Weep More Tears and a host of others.
Book titled The Burning Food carries a sense of responsibility towards the society, although somehow related to “When is Daddy Coming Back,” this one carries a better savour as its narrative techniques were very crispy or let’s say “crisply omniscient,” beginning with ludicrous thoughts towards a television set over the broadcast of a presidential section.
Tunde’s main character Bolaji in this book is like a rare gem with a character that is not common to find in this dispensation, though he was a First Class graduate who was jobless. He had a wife and a daughter to cater for, yet he refused to fall for a temptation that would have given him what he wanted at a price of infidelity.
But as the story progressed, Bolaji suffered harsh conditions from life itself and was at the brink of falling off, in fact he fell. Bolaji couldn’t bear not caring for his family; he went for the job offer and forcefully followed the lust attached.
The collection is something very enticing carrying well garnished literary experience, plus it won’t cease to entertain everyone who reads it.