I bought Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun as well as Elnathan John’s Born On A Tuesday. The former was bought because of great reviews but I haven’t read it yet. I bought Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun because of the bright cover, and I don’t regret it. On a huge side note, Cassava Republic has interesting covers for its novel and that’s a good selling point for them.
While reading this novel, it felt like I was getting insight into the hip life of an elderly woman that most elderly people refused to share. Breezy and joy unexpected were the feelings I experienced as Manyika wove in and out of the characters in this brilliant novel.
…And then as the neighbour’s washing machine thumps to the end of a spin cycle, I hear the noise again; only this time the sound is unmistakable. I’m surprised at first, not in the noticing of it but in the wave of desire that grips my body as I put down my green Harrods mug and step quietly out of the kitchen into the living room. The whimpering has grown louder, as does the quickening thud that gives rhythm to the couple’s lovemaking in the apartment next door. I make my way to the couch where I lie on the futon, smiling as I sweep around my mind for a suitable person with whom to enjoy this unexpected surge of feeling. It’s Dawud that joins me first, smelling of falafel and lilac as we lie together, legs intertwined.
Morayo: I See Joy
Set in modern-day San Francisco, we are thrown into the exciting, illustrative and descriptive life of Morayo, who I imagine to be a ray of sunshine. It shows the life of an elderly woman who is very much in tune with her life, the things she loves, her aspirations and engagement with people. It is very different from the light you see the typical elderly Nigerian woman. I had to ask, was it because she lived in San Francisco? Could this have been written about the same woman but in Lagos, Nigeria?
The Relevant Others
It is quite beautiful and unexpected as Manyika introduces other characters into the life of Morayo. We knew the background and thoughts of this people that Morayo met by chance or had a relationship with. Manyika made sure we could connect with every character in this novel. It was beyond brilliant.
Rewrite Your Story
As I finished my journey in the life of Morayo, I saw a couple of blank pages. Manyika gave the readers a chance to end the story as she leaves a few pages at the end of the novel.
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Sarah Ladipo Manyika weaves an interesting tale. She speaks of so many elements that it is very easy to relate to. She uses Morayo to tell the story we never get to hear. The stereotype life of the elderly is viewed as being void of energy. She tells the story in the opposite and that’s what is most refreshing about this novel. It is literally a breath of fresh air, from cover to the last blank pages.
- You are in charge of the script of your life. Make sure that at the end of the day, you have no regrets and you are fulfilled.
- Find the things that make you happy and keep them.
- It is okay to be selfish with your happiness and joy.
- When life gives you lemons, make a nice mojito.
- Let your imagination wander. The life you’ve imagined begins and starts with you!
- Be helpful, receive help and spread love.