Kerima Polotan Tuvera

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Reading Tuvera’s
The Virgin and The Sounds of Sunday is a satisfying experience. The reader sees the characters not just as names in the text, but as human beings breathing with life---laughing, crying, thinking, talking, shouting, lying in bed, walking in the streets and doing their daily chores---as if the scenes of their lives are revealed across the pages. What makes Tuvera distinct as a writer, as what the analysis of this study proves, is her simple, naturally flowing descriptive style of writing. It has also been seen in this study how Tuvera manipulates different linguistic elements as strategic devices in emphasizing a certain quality, idea, or issue. As a social realist, Tuvera parades through her masterful craft as a writer what one may fail to closely see in the lives of other people in the society. Reading them in her stories is like seeing them and listening to their experiences.
Tuvera’s style as a writer is undeniably superb. The style of other writers are unquestionably masterful but perhaps what will
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make readers stick with Tuvera is the simplicity and the beauty of her language which can make the reader relate to her immediately.
The naturalness of her language is pure beauty. Her descriptions are exquisite. Other stories may carry you away but at times will get you distracted by the writer’s untimely use of high-falluting expressions which instead of adding more finesse to the language, simply destroys the beauty of it. I guess that is the difference between “saying” and
“telling”. When you “say,” you have to say it well; when you “tell,” you do it so naturally without being so conscious of the level of words that you use. I have learned by reading Tuvera that something so simple could mean so much. Tuvera has a unique way of telling her stories so…...

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