Bite-size Review: All the Good Things Around Us | Edited by Ivor Agyeman-Duah


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This new anthology of African Short Stories is one of the season’s favourite. It brings together renowned, old and new voices, such as Ama Ata Aidoo, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Yvonne Oduor, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Tope Folarin and many more.  The varied writing styles, flirtations with language and vast array of themes explored offer us a cleverly crafted repertoire of human interactions. Unlike the cliché of doom and gloomy Africa, it illuminates the myriad experiences that project the continent’s universal quality as oppose to its ill begotten uniqueness of being. Here we find an emotionally charged Africa of painful and joyful experiences, of everyday triumphs and mishaps, of the joys of motherhood and fatherhood. Like a bag of pick and mix, some stories dazzle the readers’ pallet, others tingle new sensations but none sours expectations. A must read for all those who prefer a blend of complex notes and rich flavours in their reading diet.


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