A Forest of Flowers: Short Stories
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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I (and I suspect many others) know of Saro-Wiwa mainly as a human rights advocate executed by the Nigerian government in the 90s, but this book makes it quite clear he was also a talented writer ... Read full review
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