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African Short Stories by Chinua Achebe

African Short Stories

by Chinua Achebe, Catherine Lynette Innes

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Twenty short stories are presented: six from West Africa, five from East Africa, three from northern Africa, and seven from southern Africa. Most I considered quite good, some I liked very much, and a few I barely understood at all. In my opinion, the most profound theme was the juxtaposition of traditions with the modern way of life, best exemplified in the Bessie Head story, "Snapshots of a Wedding." The people, not having any other way and newly inundated with Westernized modern life, continue with traditions and ceremonies that mean less and less in the modern world.
  Carlie | Feb 4, 2008 |
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Chinua Achebe has joined with C.L. Innes, co-editor of "Okike," to select stories of excellence from the writings of the last twenty-five years. While many of the established names such as Sembene Ousmane, Ngugi, and Bessie Head are to be found, the collection is refreshing for the inclusion of work by the wide range of writers who have made the emerging field of African fiction something to follow.

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