Author: A.H. Amin
Plot: Christmas Eve 1928 gave birth to a yearly phenomenon in South Africa. A herd of false killer whales were found beached upon the shore. It has also given birth to the story of two young children who meet an old woman named Kima. Kima somehow knows why this has happened, but that’s not all she knows. The children, Alex and Alice, realize that there is more to this woman that what meets the eye, and ear. She will reveal to them a tale, a mysterious story she claims was passed on to her by a mythical Black Seagull.
Derived from both historic tales and figures, Kima is a fictional character portrayed in a way that makes her become real.
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
First of all a huge thanks to the author for providing me with the book and giving me the opportunity to be acquainted with his work
Kima is a series of stories inside stories and this was a first for me to read something of this sort as the book starts with a certain story and then within the story moves another story and it was pretty interesting and unique for me.
That also became one of the reasons why i loved the book because the stories though interlinked with each other still carries its own identity and you don’t have to worry about being confused or these stories clashing with each other
One of the aspect of the book is that it does reveal and delve into a lot of life lessons but interestingly all these are said very gently and not to the point where you may feel you are being subjected to preachings. It is cute and light enough to make a perfect entertainer
The book uses simpler language and runs pretty fast with its narration and doesn’t twist around much with what it has to say. Just be prepared to encounter the passage of one story to another. Just watch out for the same and you will see that you actually enjoy this transition.