#BookReview: Lion Scream: Syllabic Poetry about Southern African Wildlife by Robbie Cheadle #poetry #SouthAfrica #poaching @RobertaEaton17
Hi everyone. Today I have a book review for you from an author well known to, and loved by, many of us, Robbie Cheadle. An important collection of syllabic poetry with essays, photos, and video links. Here’s my review >>>
About the Book:
Do you rely on Earth for your survival?
Lion Scream is a graphic collection of poetry and prose. The book portrays the author’s experiences with South African wildlife and the growing impact of the Sixth Mass Extinction and Climate Change on the natural environment.
There is no jungle
Only acres of smooth stumps
There is no jungle
No habitat, no food source
Hopeless lion screams tonight
In this reflective collection of syllabic poetry, poet Roberta Cheadle weaves words, emotions, and images as she recounts her soul-stirring journey around South Africa in 2022. She highlights the plight of the animals in the face of the Sixth Mass Extinction, during a visit to Ukutula Lodge & Game Reserve. Lion Roar is a poetic and photographic roadmap to the heart & soul of South Africa with highlights about the increasing impact of global warming on humanity and the greater planet.
A Gripping, Informative Book of Syllabic Poetry and Essays
This book offers the reader a collection of 99-syllable poems, along with essays, photographs, and video links embedded within the eBook version, all dedicated to South Africa and its vast array of wildlife and the endangerment faced due to the greed and cruelty of humans.
I confess to having to skip some of the graphic descriptions of the carnage wrought as it distressed me too much. While not always an enjoyable read due to this, it is most definitely informative and of vital importance.
The poetry is gripping, and the essay-style prose taught me a lot about animals and insects I never knew until reading this eye-opening short volume. The author’s love of her home country and its wildlife shines through in her carefully chosen words and images. And a lot of thought has gone into the layout and information in this little read.
A short fiction story ends the book and addresses the effects of climate change and mental illness.
I give a solid 3.5 stars for Lion Scream, rounded up to 4 for rating purposes.
NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.
5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.
For anyone interested, here are the Amazon links …
I’d love to hear what you think of this review. Thanks for stopping by. Due to celebrating my 4th wedding anniversary in early May and having various things planned, I won’t have a review post on May 4th. However, I look forward to seeing you all again on May 10th with a book review for a fun romance read. From the 10th onwards, I shall be posting reviews on Wednesdays instead of Thursdays 🙂