A forest of flowers: short stories

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Longman, Nov 1, 1995 - Fiction - 154 pages
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A Forest of Flowers is a collection of nineteen short stories which explore the absurdity of life for characters whose ambitions, modest as they are, are constantly thwarted by disgruntled spirits - in the form of idle and corrupt officials, adulterous spouses, envious relatives and grasping, untrustworthy entrepreneurs.
Through a series of episodes, seemingly parochial and small scale, a nation is shown cracking up under the pressures of maladministration, corporate greed, sloth, ignorance and mercenary self-interest, while its people struggle against government neglect and abuse, racketeering, poverty, disease, superstition and ethnic mistrust.

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User Review  - VE - Goodreads

I just started re-reading this, and I must say the storeies are awesome. Saro-Wiwa cauptures the right tone and mentality in his writing. Sarcasm comes off flawlessly and the stories are well placed ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mena - Goodreads

I enjoyed this crisp collection of short stories. They cover a wide range of topics Nigerians know only too well - police and bureaucratic corruption/inadequacy, death, city life - with humour and ... Read full review


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