Nourishing Stories for Valentine’s Season

February 14 04:41 2012 Print This Article

Frontiers highlights some of the books whose stories can enrich the love festival being celebrated today

Today is the Valentine’s Day festival. And it is sure that many lovers across the world will have a great time. Lovers are expected to visit choice places to discuss their triumphs, challenges and successes.

To say they will rock each other’s world may be an understatement — and an overstatement, as the case may be. Specifically, poetic ones among them will be expected to compose love poems to coo some things (or is it nothings) into the ears of their partners. Anyway, they have a willing platform on the social media.

But beyond food, drinks and other forms of merriment, there are books whose stories and themes can make the day of lovebirds and further strengthen the foundation of their love. They are relatively new books — as they were published only in the past three years or so. One of them is The Night Circus, written by Erin Morgenstern. The book tells the story of two magicians made to engage in a fierce contest by their tutors but fall in love via the competition.

There is also Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand authored by Helen Simonson. One interesting thing about the novel published in 2010 is that it dwells on a union between a traditional military man and a Pakistani immigrant — both of whom have lost their spouses.

Published in 2009, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, authored by Jamie Ford, goes back in time to World War II. It is a beautiful prose which tells the love story of a young Chinese boy and young Japanese girl who become friends and thereafter crumble on the feet of love. The suspense-filled work shows that it is an interesting read when the union between the duo comes under trial when the girl and her family have to leave for another place.

If you are truly in love, you can check out Beginner’s Greek by James Collins. The novel, which is a mirror of the Greek tragedy, is about two characters — Holly and Peter — who fall in love on an airplane but the vicissitudes of life put their love on hold for many years. Other love books good for the season are The Splendor of Silence by Indu Sundaresan; Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen and Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveller’s Wife.

Also from African/Nigerian writers are inspiring books of romance that include those in the Pacesetter Series — like Bode Osayin’s Rich Girl, Poor Boy, Jide Oguntoye’s Too Cold for Comfort and Helen Ovbiagele’s Forever Yours, Forgive Me.

It will also not be a bad idea to take a literary excursion into Akinwunmi Isola’s Oleku, Zulu Sofola’s Wedlock of the Gods, Festus Iyayi’s Violence, Niyi Osundare’s Tender Moments, Elechi Amadi’s The Concubine, Bayo Adebowale’s The Virgin, and Femi Osofisan’s Wuraola Forever.

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