Love in Colour: Mythical tales from around the world retold (Small)
Bolu Babalola takes the most beautiful love stories from history and mythology and rewrites them with incredible new detail and vivacity in her debut collection. Focusing on the magical folktales of West Africa, Babalola also reimagines iconic Greek myths, ancient legends from the Middle East, and stories from countries that no longer exist in our world.
A high-born Nigerian goddess feels beaten down and unappreciated by her gregarious lover and longs to be truly seen.
A young businesswoman attempts to make a great leap in her company, and an even greater one in her love life.
A powerful Ghanaian spokeswoman is forced to decide whether to uphold her family's politics, or to be true to her heart.
Whether captured in the passion of love at first sight, or realising that self-love takes precedent over the latter, the characters in these vibrant stories try to navigate this most complex human emotion and understand why it holds them hostage.
Moving exhilaratingly across perspectives, continents and genres, from the historic to the vividly current, Love in Colour is a celebration of romance in all of its forms.
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linza oluoch reviewed on 14 Jul 2021
Love in Colour makes one rethink the meaning of love and their belief in it. This is a book about finding happiness and fulfillment in love, feeling comfortable in your skin, and choosing what is best for you even if it means letting your partner go. Babalola's depiction of women as strong flawed characters (and not damsels in distress) also significantly contributes to the book's allure. After all, who are we if not the sum of our flaws and decisions? This is what makes Love in Colour relatable: the nonperfection and constant rediscovery of the characters as they learn the meaning of love. From a feminist point of view, Babalola depicts female characters whose strength comes not from rejecting their femininity but refusing to be defined by patriarchic societal expectations. These women are the masters of their own destiny. I would therefore not hesitate to recommend Love in Colour to a friend. Neither do I regret getting a copy. This book is worth both your money and time!