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The Window Seat


Decorative, a drawing of a woman on sand and a boy playing on top of it

Author: Aminatta Forna –

Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. –

Genre: Essays –

Overall rating: 5/5 –

Writing: 5/5 –

Duration: 8:30 h (medium) –

Narrator: Aminatta Forna –

Narrator/performance: 5/5 –

Impressions: n/a –

Performance errors: 0/5 –

Complexity/reading level: 2/5 –

Audience: General


This is the first book by Aminatta Forna I have read (oddly, as it was published in 2021). It is probably the best advertising effort of a writer I have ever come across. By the time I started reading her other works, I knew all her main theses and sensibilities. I knew I came across a frank, inventive and successful writer. I knew I was not dealing with another individual mostly concerned with brands of clothes, types of wine and ways to minimize face wrinkles. Last but not least, I like the tone of the Author’s voice.

I am not sure on the Author’s take on gender roles (not disagreeing, just unsure) – but what do I know, having spent all my life in Europe and as a white, educated woman. I would recommend, however, the essay about dogs. In it, there is a particularly interesting mix of caring and stoicism, responsibility and detachment, theorizing and acting according to one’s heart which I found interesting. I too agree that man has a duty towards dogs, them being privileged, yet permanently domesticated animals. We the people are here to manage problems, not aggravate them.

This anthology of essays shows that anything can be interesting and enriching. If one is brave enough to face life, it will certainly teach them a great deal of fascinating things. A writer may even turn troublesome insomnia into a book of fiction. These essays are written in particularly catching phrases, beautiful in tone and insightful. They are worth perusing even if someone if familiar with other books written by Forna. They are more than an interview. They read well in the Author’s own voice which is quite hypnotizing. I enjoyed the book immensely.

The Window Seat by Aminatta Forna audiobook cover

This cover is more about the title (brilliant choice) and the Author than anything else. Which is more than fine for an anthology of essays.

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