Book Review: I Stand Corrected: Patricia Asedegbega



I stand corrected by Patricia Asedegbega revolves around the protagonists, with its gradual descent into madness, and her cat Balou, only being able to perceive what is happening to his master and, for this, the first to be overwhelmed by the unstoppable explosion of violence.

Balou is taken away from his mother at a very tender age and sold to a pet shop where he waits eagerly for someone to aver him and take home but very soon when he thinks this is going to be not possible, he meets youthful and distressed Rosario who is really not looking for a pet but a weird and engaging association is forged between them but he soon discovers that something is badly off beam in Rosario’s home.

A story that starts with almost insignificant incidents of domestic life to arrive later a stage where there is much to discover and learn in this short story where there is a crescendo of violence, first, that begins suddenly, and develops gradually with the protagonist's life is to be increasingly affected by the presence of the cat.

The author wanted to try the anxieties probing the human mind, and lay bare the fears and paranoia of a woman showing their worst side where there is a search, and the infinite possibilities that can push the human folly and its consequences.

The narrative in the first person, wants to be liberation before the protagonist, and is the voice of Balou and Rosario, who takes us by the hand along the way where there seems to say that poetry need not lurk in the supernatural, but can explode inside the walls of the house.

A domestic monologue, then, that develops by the protagonist, which feeds on small actions to flow more in the acts, beyond which there is no return, or rethinking, but you can only go ahead with another sequence of events.

The story is wrapped in a very dark, humorous first-person narrative making the whole even more engaging and exciting. The pages will be able to hypnotize the reader as few novels can do with the scenes rather strong and macabre, but, on the other hand, one could expect nothing less.

Browsing through the few pages of this story, you can almost feel the exhausting inner struggle of a woman who, although aware of the terrible evil nested inside of her mind, cannot do anything to stop it and is forced to be dragged helpless to a hopeful end.

The narrators are internal to each other and speak in the first person and are the main characters of the novel and begin by describing the events that have occurred in an almost incoherent, obsessive way continuing to emphasize the fact that what she does is crazy. Violence, in fact, is a key issue here, explicitly denounced by the text not only the story is insane, but the same narrator, although denying it, constantly refers to it.

These contradictions, together with the insistence with which repeats not to be mad, or violence with which asserts that most certainly, only heightens the reader a contrary idea. The theme of domesticity stands at odds with that of insanity, stressing the importance of the latter.

So, if history is insane, it is also home for others and it can be treated instead of simple platitudes and if the story is rejected by the senses of the narrator, because it is incredible or incomprehensible, maybe for others it will not be that an ordinary succession of very natural causes and effects.

Alongside these essential elements is that of suspense very modern, yet ancient, where the suspense is linked to the theme of violence, and is therefore, especially the technique of the narrative to create it with the narrator puts the reader right away before incomprehensibility of certain facts, which moreover are also scary, but cannot anticipate anything on the gist of the story, thus stimulating a strong expectation in the reader.


Format: Paperback ♥ Pages: 250 ♥ Publisher: CreateSpace ♥ Published: August 2014 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-1499590159