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NAMES LIKE GLASSES (article first published : 2007-07-1; last edited : 2007-10-15)

Names like Glasses by Professor K O Kessey (published by Melrose Books) is a distinct rarity, an autobiographical book written entirely in narrative verse, a technical exercise of great skill in a literary form that harks back to an earlier and more leisurely age.

Professor Kessey is a remarkable man. He was born in what was then the Gold Coast, soon to become the independent republic of Ghana. His childhood was disadvantaged, as they say today. He came from a humble background and his mother died when he was a child, but ability and determination carried him to higher education in Africa and in America. He eventually became a professor of mechanical engineering and taught at four universities in North America and Africa.

And he has a strong talent for writing, as is shown in this highly readable, vivid and absorbing book of verse, which runs to 260 pages and tells the story of his life. The picture that emerges is one of a well-rounded and well-balanced personality with a sense of humour, a wide range of interests, and a tolerant outlook on life.

Coming from a Ghana that became independent when he was very young, he is free of rancour about a colonial past. He sees the virtues of the United States without ever forgetting his African origins (and indeed a moving part of the book concerns his return to West Africa after a long absence abroad).

This is a most enjoyable and unusual book and it can be recommended to any reader who is looking for something new out of Africa.

Names Like Glasses is available direct from the publishers, Melrose Books, by calling 01353 646608 or logging on to www.melrosebooks.com - Michael Green




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