Grief Child – Lawrence Darmani

Year of Publication: 1991

Genre: Fiction

When I first saw Darmani’s Grief Childin the bookstore and looked at the title, many synonyms came to mind… sorrow, pain, anguish, misery and any other word you may want to associate with the word ‘Grief’. Undeniably, the title is very much reflective of what pertains in the book.

The story revolves around a young child named Adu, and is told almost entirely through the eyes of this child. Throughout the book, we follow Adu’s encounters with the natural element of death that swipes many of his relatives, and we share the pains, sorrow, and grief he endures. In a sense, it is the issue of death that becomes paramount in the entire story, and how this affects the young Adu.

It is interesting to follow Adu through turbulent times and how he does survive. The beginning of the story in itself starts gloomily as we meet words like ‘darkness’ and ‘dying moon’ in the village of Susa. Does the story end gloomily in the same way it started? There is a good amount of suspense right from the first chapter that will ignite readers’ interest.

This story has a West African flavor. The village life of a typical Ghanaian setting comes alive as you read along, and I, for one, could nearly smell the breadth of Ghanaian village life. The story is written in a simple language and yet Darmani manages to tell the story with a good flow of events. It is also a fast read – I read it in a day.

First published by Chariot Victor Publishing in 1991, Darmani’s Grief Child won the 1992 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for “Best First Book from the Africa Region”.

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51 Responses to Grief Child – Lawrence Darmani

  1. Sylvanus Bedzrah says:

    this is the only book that put tears in my eyes some years ago. In one word, I will say this Novel is a MASTERPIECE!

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  2. @Geosi, haven’t read any of his offering… is it that good? Hope I would pick it up one day. And it won an award. Great.

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  3. amymckie says:

    I wish more of these books were available as ebooks for my Kindle 🙂 For some reason I feel less guilty placing orders for them. Maybe because the book comes immediately and i don’t have to wait for the post? Anyway, I’ve added this to my wish list to buy some day!

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  4. Eric says:

    Please, what is the plot of the novel ”grief child” thanks.

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    • Geosi says:

      In order not to spoil the reading of future readers, in reviewing books, I do not put in details like the plot among others. I would be very grateful if my review would encourage you to pick up the book. Cheers!

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  5. newlife amey says:

    you novel entitled “blood invasion” in an interesting one and i wish i could have the review of it to be able appreciate the novel to the fullest.

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  6. Jeff says:

    how can i download the story to read.

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  7. Solomon asare campbel says:

    I want to know de date and plac of birth of mr.darmani

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  8. Agormeda, Wisdom says:

    Three months ago, I had a read of the novel -grief child-
    the suspense and flow of events in the story glued me to it till I completed the reading in 3days.
    one among the many novels I read from start to finish.
    its awesome, I liked the creativity

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  9. princess says:

    this book is simply touching

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  10. delzy says:

    this book is wooooow full of sorrows,n a happy ending God bless u darmani

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  11. eartina says:

    i cried when i read this book,n the day i read it my aunt died leaving her kids behind,this book was my only companion then

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  12. daniel says:

    the book is quite good

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  13. james sugar says:

    i got knowledge when i read this book ,i learnt that dreams are dangerous.if we dream we must to pray about it because our dream sometimes come true.thank u for providing this book for thee hole world.thank u very much.

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  14. wow this book is the number one,infact i alway feel to read this book when ever i go to the library

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  15. Victor says:

    I want this were i can get it

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  16. Darpoh Lerronn Isaac says:

    i have read this book a thousand and one times and i still don’t get tired over it. To call a spade a spade the is in fact the best book i have ever read. I simple love it. love it!

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  17. Sixtus says:

    about to teach it to a group of senior high students-what would you have highlighted; themes, subject matter, lessons……….. get in touch via philnduse@yahoo.com

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  18. I think this book should be acted as a movie.

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  20. The Grief child is book that brings tears into my eyes.

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  21. david says:

    were can i get to download the story to read.

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  22. Boahen Richard says:

    I was actually touched by title when i first saw it,so i bought the book and read it and trust me it is very interestI was actually touched by title when i first saw it,so i bought the book and read it and trust me it is very interestI was actually touched by title when i first saw it,so i bought the book and read it and trust me it is very interestI was actually touched by title when i first saw it,so i bought the book and read it and trust me it is very interesting.

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  23. Jacob says:

    Masterpiece!, about to read the part2, already enjoying it

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  24. The story is very sad especially when Adu’s father died leaving him all alone

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  25. seth Kyeremeh says:

    please, can you give me the plot, setting, theme, climax and the literally device of Grief Child? thanks

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  26. ERNEST KOFI-ANSAH says:

    l like this story very much..

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  27. agbezudor says:

    i like the story so much.??????????????????

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  28. ceciliawiafe says:

    This book is really interesting.T
    humps up for Mr.Dramani

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  29. agongo ibrahim haruna says:

    the grief child is not only a book worth reading but a book worth possession.
    I just had a gist of it.
    where can I please get a personal copy?

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  30. Gablah says:

    when i first read the book in 2011, it brought out the person in me. to the depth of my understanding, i am glad it will be the book for my wasse in 2014

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  31. WHEN YOU ARE READING THE STORY IT JUST LIKE YOU WATCHING IT HAPPENING IN REAL LIFE

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  32. When i saw this book and i read it for the first time, i was excited, i said this book will help students very well but not in literature alone also in their daily English Language. God bless Lawrence Darmani.

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  33. Hi readers how is the story?

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  34. The Grief Child is a very good book for basic students and recommend that it should be used by JHS students too.

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  35. Muhammad Tijani says:

    comments on the theme of religion, grief and joy in the novel grief child

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  36. nabi says:

    Who is the father of adu in the book the grief child

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  37. the book was really interesting, i love it

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  38. TOBA says:

    GRIEF CHILD is the only book of Uncle Lawrence that I have read. I must confess that it is the best storybook I have ever read. Ever since you came to Akure-Nigeria to hold a writers workshop almost two decades ago, I have been reading and reading the complementary copy of grief child brought home by my Dad. Please I really have the passion to be a christian writer and I have been trying in my little corner but I want to read your other books. Can you let me know how to get them possibly the hard copy. I’m particularly interested in Blood Invasion. Thanks.

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