Monday, September 7, 2009

There Are Two Types of People in This World Among Other Things

Uche Nwakudu
AuthorHouse (2009)
ISBN 9781438959016
Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views (9/09)

Ulche Nwakudu is like the Socrates of modern time. His book is a revelation of his concepts on life. His beliefs are extraordinary and vividly raw and unsettling to what would be the norm, but imaginative and inquisitive to say the least.
 
In the beginning of this 273 page philosophical digest is an interesting story that sets the mood for the rest of the book. This short little story packs in all the attributes of the book into a few short pages. The story is the name of the book, "There Are Two Types of People in This World," and in it Mr. Nwakudu mentions, "The Smarts, The Suckers and The Wise." His reasoning for mentioning "The Wise" was because he thought, even though they were few, they did exist and deserved to be mentioned.
 
The adventure continues and gets involved in such matters as "What is Osama Bin Laden's beef with the world, with the West, with the United States"? Then questions turn to accusations such as  "The smart guy is the politician who is aspiring to the highest office in the land. He employs scare tactics and tells the people that there is an enemy at the door waiting to enter and destroy them."
 
Question after question with few answers leaves the reader of this philosophical composition with many more questions than it answers. Although there are many answers to many other questions which (if you share his beliefs) you can work with. A few examples are:
 
"Religion will neither make your marriage work nor make it fail."
"Your marriage working is really up to you."
 
I highly doubt that this book will appeal to the general audience as it is written in an adult manner. Though some of the life lessons in the book may pertain to and be beneficial to the younger generation, it remains an adult piece of literature. 
 
His questions to God are just some of the examples of the kind of language contained in this volume:
"Why did you give the hapless mother a son who became a drug addict"?
"Why did you give her a daughter who became a whore"?
Then the mention of the Pope and the questions put to him:
"Do you get horny"?
"Do you get a hard-on"?
"Do you have sex"?
"Do you do doggy style sometimes"?
 
And there is the reference to the aged:
"Or maybe your mom is seventy but she has the sexual vigor of a fifty year old and the looks of Halle Berry at sixty. She has secretly acquired a dildo and helps herself once in a while in the bathroom when no one is looking but that is not enough."
 
I could go on and on but I think that is enough to belabor the point. I personally did not find this appealing and although I grasp what he is saying, I am too old-fashioned to accept it as written.

Modern Socrates or not, I personally think this was a bit much (just my opinion).
My take on this whole book was one of questionable integrity on the part of the author. Life is raw, I agree and sugar coating is not this author's forte. But crude and lewd does not make for the best reading either.  I gave it a B-and believe it should be placed on the adult shelf along with the other adult reading material.