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I Hear the Black Raven: A Petite Memoir | Claire Ishi Ayetoro | Book Review

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Amber Henry (28 June 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 174 pages

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I Hear the Black Raven by Claire Ishi Ayetoro is a memoir that traces tough years of growing up and the lessons learnt. In this ‘petite memoir,’ Claire lays bare the significant events of her life, the ones that witnessed her pain and fall. However, it is not the suffering alone that steals the spotlight. It is those words of wisdom, those conversations with the black Raven that brings out the true beauty of this book.

At 117 odd pages, I Hear the Black Raven paints Claire’s battles with bipolar disorder, religiosity, and that ever-elusive cure-all: love. It further delves deeper into some not-so-openly-discussed topics such as mental health and sexual abuse that leave behind trauma with the sufferer. What comes out of the poetic churning is Claire’s strong voice – a voice that says that things would never be easy but we will always have the option to stand strong in the face of adversity.

Claire’s writing is smooth and seamless with no beating around the bush. It is unlike other memoirs that offer vivid and elaborate descriptions. It follows a concise expression of everything that essentially summed up Claire’s life. The words of light and positivity by someone who candidly writes about her mental illness was nothing short of a wonder. Truly happy to have read this book.

It is a book for gentle reading. A book for those who are new to reading and reading memoirs. A book for those who are currently not going through a dark phase in life. A book to hold close and cherish its creative expression.

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