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5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining and varied stories and writing styles.
From the shores of the river Nile to the hallowed halls of Oxford, taking in sultry nights in the island of Mombasa and the fast-moving streets of America, these are stories of life, love, death and everything else in between. They will entertain, inform and challenge you. The different writing styles, subject matter and characters are well balanced and arranged to...
Published on 21 April 2012 by Njoki Kamau

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Collection of Short Stories
The content of Africa has inspired so many epic novels and travel books that the short story genre has often been overlooked.

Granta have decided that this omission needs to be addressed, and have released this collection of short stories written by African authors. They are set primarily in Africa, but there are other stories set in different parts of the...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining and varied stories and writing styles., 21 April 2012
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From the shores of the river Nile to the hallowed halls of Oxford, taking in sultry nights in the island of Mombasa and the fast-moving streets of America, these are stories of life, love, death and everything else in between. They will entertain, inform and challenge you. The different writing styles, subject matter and characters are well balanced and arranged to provide a wonderful reading experience. African writers have truly come into their own. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Collection of Short Stories, 2 Sept. 2014
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The content of Africa has inspired so many epic novels and travel books that the short story genre has often been overlooked.

Granta have decided that this omission needs to be addressed, and have released this collection of short stories written by African authors. They are set primarily in Africa, but there are other stories set in different parts of the globe.

As with any collection there are the good, the bad and the indifferent. Some are really well written, others less so, but they all deal with issues that affect the African people, from unwanted pregnancies, living in the West, superstition religion and even a piece of speculative fiction set in pre war Berlin.

Overall not a bad collection, and a good starting point for those wishing to discover the literature that Africa has to offer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing, 30 Jan. 2013
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Wonderfully written, varied short stories by African writers - would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to explore outside the beaten track
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit mixed, 28 July 2013
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Not a bad book but it's a bit mixed. The stories are written by different authors so some are bound to be more absorbing than others. Quite interesting if you want a bit of insight into modern-day Africa but I wonder how true a depiction they are. The one story that reflected an element of cynicism and the 'playing of a part' to appease the expectations of Western tourists was also one of the least interesting tales, despite having a more relevant message.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 28 May 2013
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This is an amazing collection of short stories. For me this was quite an eye opener to discover so many great writers. And there are stories expressed to suit most people's tastes. A good read especially if you are short on time. Why not read one as you wait for the train - or in that delayed flight queue?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pictures of Africa, 18 Jan. 2013
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A really lovely selection of stories from the continent, all varied and interesting. A worthwhile buy for for anyone who is a fan of short stories.
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