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The Door of No Return
The Door of No Returns The Door of No Returns is a book written by Kwame Alexander, the book has been nominated for the Yoto Carnegie award and I think it deserves this award. The book is written in simple, easy to understand language alongside being written in prose (poetry form). This makes it an easy quick read. The subject on the other hand contrasts this. The book covers topics such as young love, coming of age and the slave trade. This book is set in the year 1860. The main character of the story is Kofi, and the book is written from his perspective. The story starts off and loosely focuses on his love for a girl (Ama), but his cousin is also going after her. Later, the boy gets captured and tortured, first by people of a tribe/ kingdom other than his own and later on traded for tobacco and cloths by the white slave traders. Along the way Kofi loses his brother and makes new friends. One of the main themes of the book is storytelling and how it can make the hardest, most difficult of times more appealing. How it can bring a sense of tranquillity to an otherwise dangerous setting. Kofi learns the art of storytelling from his grandfather who tells him stories. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, the idea of it being written as poetry gives it a good flow but also makes the story sink in 10x deeper.