Book Review- The Last Carver by Ositadimma Amakeze

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It is true that when a bee stings a child, he flees even at the sight of a housefly

Hello people! I know I have been slow on here but I have been really busy lately, I have so many contents to share which I would soon.

I will be reviewing this book; The Last Carver by Ositadinma Amakeze. Purple Shelves publishers sent me this book, thank you. Let’s get to it.


The Last Carver is a book that celebrates and emphasizes on the impact of a man; Omenka. A man can leave so much greatness on earth that even in his death, his impact will matter greatly.

Umuokwe lost a gem when their great Carver died when he was yet to finish a mask to be used in the next Ilo Uta (Masquerade Festival, competitionish).

The Last Carver follows the life of Omenka, we get a glimpse into how he wooed his sought after wife; Mkpurumma, how the people of Umuokwe rallied to save face at the Ilo Uta and briefly about the impact of the missionaries on the culture of the people.

It is a story of culture, impact, survival, unity and legacy.


If we only teach our children to eat yams and eat up theentire yam cultivated yesterday while no one bothers to cultivate another today, will we eat sand tomorrow?

When I was reading The Last Carver, I realized that this book would be great for research especially about the Igbo culture. I know it doesn’t capture the entirety of what the culture is about, nevertheless, it is a good option.

The Last Carver is overflowing with proverbs and wise sayings that makes the book culturally rich. There are Igbo sayings, words and expressions everywhere in the book which I was unaware of the interpretation at the end of the book (glossary) perks of reading an e-book. I was already halfway when I realized. I understood the story but I’m sure I would have been really immersed if I understood Igbo (I wish I do tbh).

I was overwhelmed with the characters, I felt like there were so many people at some point that I almost lost track of who the person was.

However, I saw things from a different cultural perspective.


Yes, I like the cultural richness of the book and the drawings/sketches which I think makes it different. I think it’s a good book for research too. It is a good story but I won’t say I enjoyed it. It’s a 3/5 for me.

Title: The Last Carver

Author: Ositadimma Amakeze

Publisher: Purple Shelves Publishers 

Source: Purple Shelves Publishers

Pages: 227 pages

This book was given to me by Purple Shelves Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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