Thursday, 26 April 2012
The Darkest Plain - Ogbuefi Goodwill
"When one people's desire for dominance confronts another people's desire for revenge, the result can only be explosive. Two men, soldier and King, now hold the destinies of their Empires and that of the world in their hands in 4th century BC.
"Every battle on earth is a battle of gods not merely of humans. It is a race against time. As one nation rises, her gods rule. As one nation falls, her gods are judged," a father tells his young son.
The darkest plains, an ancient tale chronicles the rise and fall of nations and challenges nations today to embrace a mission greater than money, power and self." (Blurb taken from Amazon.com)
This is a very short 'story' and I hesitate to call it that as it doesn't really read as one. It seems more a factual, educational aid mixed in with a few 'my father said' etc. It talks of the history of the middle east, it's supposedly a scripted reconstruction of events as they happened; of events that shook the world. It makes references to the Bible and how if people read and understood the scriptures it would end the need for power and tyranny.
As it's a short book, I've read it a couple of times to in order to try and understand what is its point and that comes at the end where the author states that he (I assume the 'character' to who this story of war is being relayed to) wants to better understand what a spiritual mission is.
It's not made clear who the 'father' is in this story, which would have been nice to have a name. Whilst the idea of there being signs and ciphers in the Bible for people to interpret is feasible, I don't agree with the section where he states the Jews received terrible judgement because they ignored the texts, broke codes and did not recognize the visions in the Bible.
Despite my lack of understanding, it is beautifully written in a succinct way and the historical references are easily read, I just didn't comprehend what was the meaning behind the book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in an exchange for a review. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not expected to give a positive review.