26a. By Diana Evans. pp. William Morrow. $ IT didn’t occur to me that my parents belonged to different races until I was 12 years old. Diana Evans’s very enjoyable debut novel begins with death. Michael Jackson, and the twins have their own world – 26a – up in the attic. Summary and reviews of 26a by Diana Evans, plus links to a book excerpt from 26a and author biography of Diana Evans.

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It was actually pretty good at some points describing the individual lives of each of the family members and their various quirks.

Some jolly good humour as well as some tears. I felt Evans dealt with it perfectly; the red days, the yellow days, the unable to leave the house days. How can I make it dinaa I loved the descriptions of depression and thought the final few chapters were very poignant and beautifully written.

Unfortunately, though it was good at times, I don’t think I will. It creates a sort of magical world within the real world, spins a story that’s almost an epic. The pacing was great, the time we spend with each character is perfect. Does it stay always? The last few chapters were heartbreaking, tear-jerking, goosebump-inducing and deeply moving.

I can imagine it feeling sort of mystical airy-fairy if not. Dec 12, Mich3ll3 rated it really liked it. Yet, I found the second half of the book extremely depressing. Their twin-bond is so powerful that it creates an idiosyncratic universe shared only by two; a source of joy and wonder at first, but later an increasing source of pain and wounds. Why do authors study Creative Writing?


Some of the writing was glorious but who,e dull sections I skimmed and felt very guilty. Journal of Postcolonial Writing.

26a. Diana Evans

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Her second novel, The Wonder, is currently under option dizna TV dramatisation. Retrieved 15 June Evans contrasts the cities, and the emotional effects they have on the twins, starkly, and th This was absolutely gorgeous and heartbreaking in equal measures.

Want to Read saving…. Open Preview See a Problem? Twins and doubles have always proved irresistible to novelists, whether they embody the menacing multiplicity of the human psyche – as with Dostoevsky and Robert Louis Stevenson – or satirise perverse experiments with nature and nurture, as with Zadie Smith.

Homesick Ida converses with her absent mother, while drunken Aubrey mutates into his own Mr Hyde.

Aubrey had fled Derbyshire at 29 from a mother who still fussed over his washing. It’s all empty cleverness and distant characterisation. Lucky for me and my love for Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, I immediately thought of Asperger’s Syndrome evane the possibility of poor Georgia suffering from the same symptoms.

I can’t say the same for the entire book. The twins are each other’s certificates of being. Herself a twin, she grounds her novel in diaa emotional complexities of growing up in twinhood: I didn’t like how the end dealt with Georgia and Bessie.

Diana Evans is a British author of Nigerian and English descent. Retrieved 25 March Although born in England, we see them grow in both the suburbs of London and in Lagos. Very intense and very important for me to go deep into the details of emotional pain, dark fears and the inability to continue living. Unless you enjoy books with really lame endings, I suggest you skip this book. I wanted to be light and happy like you, and I wanted never for you to see the dark.

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I interpreted this in two ways, and I am yet to decide which one I prefer. She never gets over it and just slides down into an abyss of no hope, the other twin who did show great promise of being an independent young woman, comes back Started off on a good footing, the story of a family, essentially the story of a pair of twins, of mixed origins, African and English.

Jun 13, Caitie rated it really liked it. The language is evocative and poetic, and the story flows with twists and turns. I especially found the gradual deterioration of Evams mental state very upsetting and it actually made me feel quite anxious reading it! That’s not for you, see? Hard to believe that this is Diana Evans first book.

In case you are not a podcast listener, Nigerians also have more twins. Her twin sister, Bessi, does not have the same shadow in her that Georgia has, and happiness seems to come to her naturally. A complete masterpiece of words, I would and will urge anyone to read this.

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