Wednesday, October 29, 2014

O, Africa! by Andrew Lewis Conn



The comparisons for O, Africa aimed too high and delivered too little. The comparisons to E.L. Doctorow and Michael Chabon raise expectations that Andrew Lewis Cohn can't meet in O, Africa. The story of two 1928 filmmakers and their ambition to travel to Africa to make their grand epic film should have the potential for either great humor or at least great thrills, but it ultimately provides too little of each.

I found the book difficult to get into and harder to continue. The pacing was glacial and the writing, while occasionally interesting, was inconsistent. I give the book points for an interesting time period and premise, but it failed to deliver an interesting story.

I received an advance copy of this book for review.