Black Boy Review

What is On the Cover of “THE SON OF THE HOUSE”


Dear book lovers of all kinds, we are excited to talk about a new book out from Penguin South Africa. As you all know, one of our major interests at BLACK BOY REVIEW is reviewing and analyzing African book cover designs.
So, we will tell you what we see on the cover of THE SON OF THE HOUSE by Cheluchi Onyemelukwe Onuobia.
Like other of our past analysis, we are judging by:
1. Cover feel and texture
2. Text design
3. Art
4. Layout balance
5. Color Combination
6. Weather resilience
7. Ease of ownership and carriage.
1. Cover feel and texture: Matte. There is a mat design as the background theme.
2. Text design: Red color and threaded. The title is a collection of dots forming texts.
3. Art : The woman with a bowl of yellow car and a sewing machine and cock on her head reminds us of art. He is in a full African attire, and a real African cock. We would have loved an African friendly sewing machine  like “singer”. But this is not bad. It put on it, a mix of local and international. The wrapper on the woman’s body has nsibidi like designs.
4. Layout Balance: This is a 100 percent, as the graphics art and the texting are align edit at proper positions. The author’s name also placed at the bottom, styled in black and clear with no design or graphic obstructions.
5. Color Combination: Red, black, yellow, white, blue, are the dominant colors on the cover.
6. Weather resilience : The book material can absorb dust. It might not wipe away easily when it comes in contact with water. Why? Because it has a body of lines and edges like a harder clothing material.
7. Ease of Ownership and Carriage: THE SON OF THE HOUSE is four cournered as usual, average back, not thick, not light, heavy, not light weight. carriable, but some bit of KG as it is a bulk of some pages.
We also hear THE SON OF THE HOUSE is out from PARRESSIA publishers Nigeria later 2019.

About the book: 

In the city of Enugu in the 1970s, young Nwabulu dreams of becoming a typist as she endures her employers’ endless chores. Although a housemaid since the age of ten, she is tall and beautiful and in love with a rich man’s son. 
Educated and privileged, Julie is a modern woman. Living on her own, she is happy to collect the gold jewellery love-struck Eugene brings her, but has no intention of becoming his second wife. 
When dramatic events straight out of a movie force Nwabulu and Julie into a dank room years later, the two women relate the stories of their lives as they await their fate. 
Pulsing with vitality and intense human drama, Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia’s debut is set against four decades of vibrant Nigeria, and celebrates the resilience of women as they navigate and transform what remains a man’s world.

The video preview for THE SON OF THE HOUSE is on Youtube

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