Questions Not Being Asked

Topical Philosophical Critiques in Prose, Proverbs, and Poems

Non-Fiction - Social Issues
206 Pages
Reviewed on 09/10/2015
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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite

Wow! That's what I thought when I got through reading Questions Not Being Asked: Topical Philosophical Critiques in Prose, Proverbs and Poems, the newest offering by author Inno Chukuma Onwueme. Covering topics as varying as civil unions, war and warlessness, the American Dream, human suffering, the Green Party, and chauvinism, this work certainly runs the gamut of societal and political concerns, as well as concerns that affect many readers personally. Written in a well thought out and dynamic short essay format, the book is easy to follow, logical, and clearly presents the author's thoughts, ideas, opinions, and research into each of the subtopics that he tackles. This book is a treasure trove of ideas for the reader who likes to think, and should be looked at as a stopping point for earnest contemplation of many of the issues in our current society and that of the world at large.

I found Questions Not Being Asked to be a very intriguing read. Challenging in parts, but not in a bad way, simply because author Inno Chukuma Onwueme's excellent concerns and questions force the reader to challenge their own thoughts and beliefs, the book will have you engaged from the very beginning. Any reader who enjoys non-fiction, reading a very interesting person's opinions that are backed up by facts, or simply a book that makes you use your mind will enjoy Questions Not Being Asked: Topical Philosophical Critiques in Prose, Proverbs and Poems. I am pleased to recommend this book, and will certainly keep my eye out for any other similar offerings by author Inno Chukuma Onwueme in the future!

Gisela Dixon

Questions Not Being Asked: Topical Philosophical Critiques in Prose, Proverbs, and Poems by Inno Chukuma Onwueme is a collection of short stories, poems, and anecdotes, each with a deeper meaning behind them. Questions Not Being Asked is divided into several major sections: Social, philosophical, spiritual, political, and war/peace. Each of these sections contains short personal stories or anecdotes with an underlying related meaning. There is also a separate section for poems, as well as a section on random thoughts/stories/ideas/views/opinions. At the beginning of each story, Inno Chukuma Onwueme provides a context by letting us know when and where it was written and conceived.

Questions Not Being Asked by Inno Chukuma Onwueme is an outstanding collection of stories and one that I keep going back to read again and again. Each of the stories has a beautiful, underlying meaning that is both sensible, tolerant, meaningful, and peaceful. It is what is sorely needed in today’s world of war and strife. I also loved the fact that at times the meaning is left open to interpretation or, at least, self-reflection. The writing style is fluid, simple, and genuine. Questions Not Being Asked: Topical Philosophical Critiques in Prose, Proverbs, and Poems by Inno Chukuma Onwueme is a book that left me thinking long after I finished it, and one that I will be re-reading for a long time to come, and getting more out of it each time I read it.

Mamta Madhavan

Questions Not Being Asked: Topical Philosophical Critiques in Prose, Proverbs, and Poems by Inno Chukuma Onwueme reveals the importance of thoughts and imagination that crowd the human mind, and how each one makes use of them in their own style, giving them that unique flavor. The author takes readers through diverse topics ranging from religion to poems to philosophy, war, culture, politics and much more. The book helps readers to ponder more on philosophy and philosophical thinking. Readers are encouraged to contemplate notions and traditions with sincerity or seriousness.

The author's observations and views on each topic are profound and will make readers ponder and delve deeply into it. It is also helpful to readers to ask questions they otherwise wouldn't have the confidence to ask. In the final analysis, what one needs to understand is that everyone's circumstances are different, hence the degree of commitment and approach towards each topic will definitely differ. The book is quite engaging and interesting and it takes one's thinking prowess to a different level. The author speaks about how the 3 Rs - respect, responsibility and rights - are interwoven and they should always go together to create a healthy balance. The writing style is crisp and clear, making it easy for readers to understand clearly. The nine-part epic poem handles the central theme of the book well. The black and white sketches are stark and simple lines that enhance the author's thoughts effectively. I found the topic original and engaging.