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Forest Echoes

Friday 9 April 2010, author(s)-editor(s) Nol Alembong

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ISBN 9789956616367 | 92 pages | 203 x 127 mm | 2010 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | Paperback

2 Book Reviews

  • Forest Echoes 9 April 2010 11:18, author(s)-editor(s) Dr. Emmanuel Fru Doh, Minnesota, USA

    Forest Echoes is a literary quilt revealing a mature poet bestriding generations as he patches together a people’s culture, their philosophy, history, along with their attendant woes into a subtle, sometimes disillusioning even, yet purposeful and poignant whole. Nol Alembong is not afraid to be himself in this work: a scholar, teacher, parent, traditionalist and, above all, an Anglophone-Cameroonian. Whatever the case, these are magisterial and equally influential individual traits that have merged into a united whole in forging this poet’s identity and concerns as evident from the thematic panorama of the poems.

    In “Forest Echoes”, the title poem, for example, one encounters a poet who, though steeped in his people’s struggles, has been able to stand back, watch and evaluate the effects of the interactions of time, events, and society. It is this ability of his, as an involved yet detached observer, along with the trend of events that have scarred his people’s lives, which have yielded the powerful emotions that he has assembled in this thematically lush, historically nostalgic, and overwhelmingly evocative collection.

    Dr. Emmanuel Fru Doh, Minnesota, USA

  • Forest Echoes 9 April 2010 11:18, author(s)-editor(s) Professor Stella M.A. Johnson

    Nol Alembong has a strong predilection for African plants, insects and especially animals whose members he parades with grace and felicity.

    Professor Stella M.A. Johnson, University of Lagos, Nigeria