A Forest of Flowers: Short Stories

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Longman, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 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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Ken Saro-Wiwa is a wonderful and enigmatic writer. His stories were gripping,a nd told truth - those things we would ordinarily prefer to hide from the light. I loved Dukana through his eyes.. Read full review


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