Review of The King of Comedy

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
This a scholarly Review on my work by Ierve Godwin

Submitted: July 10, 2017

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Yesterday I said that criticism makes the worth of art or painting more visible. This was vis-a-vis Lampson Terhide Imenger Junior whose music"Clear Your Doubts" propelled.

Criticism is publicity and good publicity is good publicity and bad publicity is good publicity.

Today was when I read what Jenny Umez wrote about me, which not only touched me but also encouraged me. I said to myself, I am not sure if I merit what she said but I will strive to measure up to it. She is herself such a fine Scholar.

Now, Ierve Godwin did Analysis Beyond Superficial on my recently released Short Story "The King Of Comedy", I was marvelled at the depth of his craft in criticism. And just like Jeny Umez, he is himself a fine Scholar.

I am happy saying I welcome your criticisms.

I didn't know how much my Books mean until I started reading Research Papers and University Projects written on them. While others have written with the aim to destroy my Writing zeal, they had helped others read my works to see the bad.

These critics who do Error Haunting on my works do not know what is good for bad neither do they know the wrong kind of right. For when they say water water, water everywhere and yet there is no water to drink so is Meshach Terfa Meshach 's books, people want to read to gloat over my fall.

And that's where bad publicity becomes good publicity. I swear!

This is what Ierve Godwin wrote about The King Of Comedy

"My dear friend, brother and senior colleague in the literary work, Mr Terfa; bravo is nothing but just a word that will quench and or extinguish my incalculable gratitude to your mind-sustaining inspirational handicraft. Good job! Before I look into your work, please, forgive me for not finding time to read your work. It’s due to my unanticipated schedules.

Sir, as soon as started your short piece, I quickly fall in love with your work. Its abrupt beginning gave me an idea that this guy, if truth be told, understands that he is writing ‘the short story.’ Your story commences abruptly with George Canon, the standup comedian and Television Host. In its prototypical sense, your sarcastic short story which you antagonizes Nigeria present leadership in a fictional television platform features small cast of George Canon, the antagonist and Adegbite Ademola, the Protagonist. Your story focuses on the self contained incident of the blurred future of Nigeria hence this current administration. You clearly portrays this, I believe, is with the intent of evoking a single mood of ‘apologetic’ state of Nigerian leaders.

Dexterously, you present your story such that it is less complex than novels which even the laziest reader would finish reading in a sitting as expected of a short story. Your setting shows that you have mastered this genre since you used just a television studio as the only setting. To add beauty to your work, you present core elements of dramatic structures in your story hence the dialogue between George Canon and Adegbite Ademola.

You succeeded in using, if not all but a least reasonable number of literary tools in your story. For instance, your story creates external conflict where Adegbite is struggling against the forces of his government, especially the kind of antagonizing questions of George Canon. In this situation, George Canon is observing the failure of leaders in Adegbite’s government while Adegbite feels the people are rather jealous when someone has reached the stardom. Similarly, your story is induced with ‘foreshadowing’ as it provides clues of hints which would prepare the readers for future action in governance.

I was reading your story with laughter when I discovered a serious irony, where there is a contradiction of what is expected of Adegbie by George Canon and his contrasting responses. With this kind of irony, I agree with scholars who say literature is the mirror of the society. This actually depicted the true nature of our country where people always meander from the truth to cover their ills and consequently protect their image. The irony in your story leads to situational irony where there is a contrast between what people in government feel actually exists and what the subjects or the masses feel exists. For instance, Adegbite, when the issue of Finance minister is raised by George Canon, feels that when people rise to fame and prominence, there is always some jerk off trying to bring them down. Actually, most politicians and or successful people often feel, when they are doing the wrong thing and are being challenged, it’s a mere ‘bring him down’ syndrome which is not so in the real sense.

You succeeded in presenting your story excellently with three points of views of first and second person narratives and omnificent point of view. For instance, in the beginning of your story, you employed omniscient point of view where George Canon’s persona is viewed and explained to the readers who don’t know George Canon. As the story progresses, where George Canon hosts Adigbite, you swiftly, but coherently introduced first and second person narratives. This, I am sure you do so that there will be a direct link between Adegbite and the readers/audience. Using this method, Adegbite succeeded in revealing his thoughts and innermost feeling about his government. This method also help break the barrier of readers thinking it’s just a story when it is only told in an omnificent point of view, but by using first person narrative, the readers will believe that they are getting a direct account of the event from the primary source, which is Adegbite.

Though, there is no resolution yet, but it reaches the climax as Adegbite is now furious with George Canon. For instance, he got angry and said “I thought you invited me here for an interview, not an ambush; am leaving…” The climax stage also depict the situation with our leaders in our country. They don’t want to be told that they are wrong. They are always ‘Mr Right’ in their actions and inactions which consequently bring our nation to its knees.

However, you should visit some areas in your work where you place ellipses: your dots that show interruption, pauses, breaks or disruption of utterances like the following statements: “please, forgive me if I didn’t pronounce your name well….” “I don’t think I have the gift to enter into their minds to know what they want to hear, sir….” etc. You should know better, sir, but I am sure"

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