The Caine Prize for African Wrinting 2011
My Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Short Story/Fiction
Year Of Publication: 2011
Number of pages: 224
A gang of young children from a camp pay a marauding visit to a rich neighbourhood... Will the murder of her daughter shake the foundations of Molly's world?... The death of the village Lothario causes a sexual revolution as husbands try to figure out what he had been giving their wives... A girl abducted by a rebel group years before comes home to pick up the threads of her life... A woman looks back over her long life and wonders how she ended up with her husband's mistress's dog...
This is the first Caine Prize book I've read, so It's safe to say I was impressed with what I read. This book contained a collection of 17 short stories by different authors from various parts of Africa. I love reading stories by other African Authors, mainly because of the knowledge and edge it adds to my mind.
Comments on some of the stories: What Molly Knew (so didn't expect the end) , In The Spirit of McPhineas Lata ( I found this story particularly amusing) , Butterfly Dreams ( this was sad) , Hitting Budapest ( odd), Afritude (it reminded me of life in boarding school, but my experience wasn't so hardcore).
In my opinion, no story was "bad". I didn't quite grasp the plot or point of some stories , but they were all quite good and it was exciting to see that no two stories had identical plots. They were all unique in their own respect and the book helped me discover new authors, whose other literary works I look forward to reading in future.
You can purchase this book from Africareeds for 1,200 naira only.
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