The Life Changer is Khadija Abubakar Jalli’s first publication and she seems to be saying that the female voice is making a rebound on the parapet of African literary scene.
The Life Changer is Khadija Abubakar Jalli’s first publication. It is her first appearance in the books publication industry and she seems to be saying that the female voice is making a rebound on the parapet of African literary scene.
Now, there are few other elements which you should know about this novel.
Elements in The Life Changer by Khadija Abubakar Jalli
The mood of the the author of The Life Changer is that of hope. The book upholds the tenets of hope and redemption in the lives of youths.
The tone in the novel is that of optimism.
The book is structured in chapters and paragraphs. It has 9 chapters and 79 pages. Each chapter has about 3,000 to 5,000 words.
The language of the novel is English language. Currently, it has not been translated to any other language. However, with the help of Google translate app one can read it in any language of his choice.
Diction/Choice of words
The choice of words in the novel is not that simple as some words in the novel are not easy to understand. Examples of such words as used in the novel are:
- Balefully remark
- Surreptitiously (all gotten from chapter one).
From the few list of words above, it is evident that the novel is not easy for everyone to understand. However, the best way to understand it and also develop your vocabulary is to make use of English dictionary.
Setting: Time and Place
The setting of the novel is Kongo Campus of Ahmadu Bello University. It explores life in the University. From the narrative, the place actually exists.
In regards with the time of the story, it is a contemporary happening. In other words, Khadija wrote a fictional story which happened within the last 10 years ago. I wrote extensively on the setting of The Life Changer by Khadija Abubakar Jalli. You can read more about it there and see the trace-back.
The subject matter (major theme) in the Life Changer is “University as the life changer“. The title of the book was coiled from the statement of Ummi when she told her son Omar that the University a Life Changer. Read more about the themes.
Khadija uses imaginary characters in his work as none of them existed in real life. With her literary prowess, she endowed each character with the best quality which will help him/her play her role to the fullest.
She also uses both minor and major characters to endow her fictional work with real life situations. Read more about the Characters and their roles.
Furthermore, she uses Ummi as the narrator, Salma as the protagonist and Salma’s weaknesses as the antagonist.
In The Life Changer by Khadija Abubakar Jalli, nobody antagonized Salma physically, rather Salma’s qualities served as the antagonist. One of the qualities of Salma in the novel is pride. It made her face some failures and misfortunes and that is the antagonist in the novel.
Last Words – About The Life Changer
All these elements above are evident in Khadija Abubakar Jalli’s work. Just like I mentioned before, every book has its own elements and all readers need to do is to identify them.
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