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Vivid powerful stories of contemporary Nigeria from a talented young author One of the Millions 's Most Anticipated Books of 2013 When it comes to love things are not always what they seem In contemporary Lagos a young boy may pose as a woman online and a maid may be suspected of sleeping with her employer and yet still become a young wife’. The collection of nine stories by A Igoni Barrett is a thought provoking read that gives a good start to a reading year Most of these stories except perhaps for the last one are set in Nigeria It is this setting that provides one of the greatest strengths for the collection Nigeria is brought alive in these short stories and for anyone that has remotely interacted with a Nigerian they will see how truthfully they have been represented by Mr BarrettEach of the short stories captures the reader s attention some better than others but definitely makes one feel they have spent their time doing something worthy By making them very visual and largely uncomplicated in plot Mr Barrett allows the reader to easily access his stories And the readers feelings and emotions sometimes become one with those of the characters as they search for love understanding and a place to belongIn Nigeria there are many ways that this can be done which makes the nation uite peculiar One needs to read Dream Chaser to see this A young man makes a world of himself in a cyber caf preying upon the love and attention of white people in cyberspace Another young man in the story The Shape of a Full Circle watches the slow degradation of his alcoholic mother and their landlord who will be soothed from kicking the family out by taking advantage of the poor womanThe range of issues covered in all these short stories is wide enough to paint a kind of picture of Nigeria and the manner in which life is approached there Though it might be a bit different with other African countries and cities like Nairobi where I live some realities are very much similar Talk of dishonest and blood sucking Pentecostal preachers as has been deeply and beautifully captured in Godspeed and Perpetua But for a laugh out loud moment which Mr Barret surely pulls off beautifully one need only read My Smelling Mouth Problem I first read this story in the 6th edition of Kwani a few years ago and I loved it very much Now it felt fresh and full of life when I reread it and would not hesitate to revisit it again in the futureMy problem with this collection of stories is with the story about Nairobi which is where I live It seems a prejudiced outsider s view of the happenings sort of cleverly aligned to make the seedier streets ruthless than they areIgoni Barret is perhaps one of the most exciting young African writers that I have read in long time His stories are unpretentious and they capture the life as is in the African continent He has also largely been based here in the continent unlike most other young writers of African descent that are based abroad He is a writer that will definitely stay and I will enjoy reading for as long as I find anything he writes

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R policeman full of the authority and corruption of his uniform beats his wife A family’s fortunes fall from love and wealth to infidelity and poverty as poor choices unfurl over three generations With humor and tenderness Barrett introduces us to an utterly modern Nigeria where desire is a means to an end and love is a power as real as mon. Just badI only read the first two stories because neither of them were remotely impressive In fact they were uite bad in my opinion and I felt that if the author couldn t win me over with the first two stories then the book was either a clearly not for me or b the author had seuenced the stories uestionably assuming there were better stories later on the book which is a generous assumptionThe first story The Worst Thing That Happened was a great example of a short story that wasn t a short story The balance was really awful in that the author spent so many words describing characters and things that never impacted or had relevance to the story There is no moral no afterthought and nothing to consider It was just a collection of dry facts and once I was done reading I just thought What was the point of that There s no powerful imagery no poignant prose no understated beauty It s just a bunch of half baked nothingsThe second story Dream Chasers very much follows the author s pointless writing style No rhyme or reason but a sigh of shower thoughts that don t amount to anything Looking back at the title am I really that surprised It s wishy washy and non committal I d give this book a one star rating but I don t rate books that I don t finish because I can t honestly speak to all the contents Anyhow I d avoid this

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S confidante Men and women can be objects of fantasy the subject of beery solilouies They can be trophies or status symbols Or they can be overwhelming in their needIn these wide ranging stories A Igoni Barrett roams the streets with people from all stations of life A man with acute halitosis navigates the chaos of the Lagos bus system A mino. No Didn t finish this one Got bored and was to actually start the Love is Power or something like that story when my urge decided not all books should be read And since I don t want to shelf it elsewhere letting bygones be bygones Done with this one


10 thoughts on “Love is Power or Something Like That

  1. says:

    The collection of nine stories by A Igoni Barrett is a thought provoking read that gives a good start to a reading year Most of these stories except perhaps for the last one are set in Nigeria It is this setting that provides one of the greatest strengths for the collection Nigeria is brought alive in these short storie

  2. says:

    This forthcoming collection crackles with the chaotic energy of modern Nigeria A young boy responsible for his family while his alcoholic mother flounders a man who can't open his mouth for fear of his overwhelming halitosis a man who pretends to be a woman to lure unsuspecting men from around the world a corrupt police officer trying to understand the wrong in him each story reveals people's deepest flaws and the ways they try

  3. says:

    Love is Power or Something Like That hopefully heralds what I hope will be the breakthrough of a very talented writer I r

  4. says:

    I think I like the idea of short stories than I like short stories themselves However when well executed they can be magnificent Same holds true for novellas in some instancesThis group of nine short stories eight based i

  5. says:

    A collection of stories of uncommon power A few did not grab several wallopped me A rich and talented writer

  6. says:

    No Didn't finish this one Got bored and was to actually start the 'Love is Power or something like that' story when my urge decided not all books should be read And since I don't want to shelf it elsewhere letting bygones be bygones Done with this one

  7. says:

    Barrett is amazing at capturing a tone of a character in a few sentences which makes these short stories driven by the people they are about than the woefulness that befalls them And woe is plentifulNever melodramatic always slightly bitter without being nasty we find each story kind of in the middle of the story each ends with a trail that will continue long after this short interlude concludes In part becau

  8. says:

    Just badI only read the first two stories because neither of them were remotely impressive In fact they were uite bad in my opinion and I felt that if the author couldn't win me over with the first two stories then the book was either a clearly not for me or b the author had seuenced the stories uestionably assuming there were better stories later on the book which is a generous assumptionThe first story The Worst Thing

  9. says:

    Without a doubt this was the best book I picked up last year Not only is the writing alive with precise descriptions that crackle and leap off the page but there is an attention here to characters that I can recognize fully formed African characters preoccupied with the problems of day to day living and loving; laugh out

  10. says:

    I poured through the nine stories of this book in just under a day This is officially my new favourite short story collection Every story has deeply complex characters whose flaws you may not forgive but you do come to under