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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Jan 27, Samir Rawas Sarayji rated it it was amazing Shelves: own , african-literature , short-stories , nigerian-lit , favorites. In no way pretentious or structurally formulaic, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim seems to be searching for his distinctive style in this collection only to end up offering 12 stories that are each stylistically pleasing with engaging characters whom I could not help but identify with. Fortunately that point is never crossed, thus successfully creating stories of quality in terms of economy of language, characterization and layers of emotional depth, while simultaneously entertaining the reader with cultural nuances such as traditional superstitions, religious interpretations or family values.
In a few stories, the theme of political oppression is mixed in with the cultural nuances providing the stories with a further richness and reminding the reader of the volatile setting that is Nigeria.
Ibrahim's evocation of traditional superstitions and political oppression reminded me of Ben Okri's stories in 'Stars of a New Curfew', where both collections lean towards magical realism with a Nigerian flavor, as these stories often involve witchcraft or voodoo black magic that is traditionally a part of many tribes that currently inhabit the geographical locale of Nigeria.
Where the advent of modern faiths, particularly Islam and Christianity shun these dark practices, the inherent fear amongst local populace of witchcraft practitioners remains, and Ibrahim exploits these fears. As for political oppression, I have covered this here. A real treat is the tightness of Ibrahim's stories with respect to narrative cohesiveness and economy of language, while constructing layers of depth in each story as the characters come to terms with their emotional turmoils. The style of writing occasionally reminded me of Jhumpa Lahiri's excellent short story collection The Interpreter of Maladies.
His is a self-made style albeit still in development that has a richness all of its own. His stories lack predictability and often end at the climax leaving me at times shocked to ponder the character's choice, and at times amused at the absurdity of human behavior while completely accepting it as valid. Perhaps the most remarkable feat of Ibrahim is the level of subtlety in delivering this unpredictable climax to the reader.
This is a writer whose work I will be taking a closer look at in the years to come. It is such a privilege to be able to read writers of distinctively different cultures. Not only is Ibrahim a Nigerian, but he is from the north of the country from where I have read much fewer writers compared to the south. I would like to leave you with this line that resonated deeply with me from the title story: 'happiness lies, not in getting what you want, but in wanting what you have.
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I have a throne section in my house for African writers. I put my greatest reads on this section and wait for a dethroning. Well, the Whispering trees just dethroned most African books I have read so far. Have you ever read a short story collection so good you had to purchase another book by the author?
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That is what happened to me. The book starts with Twilight and Mist a story of The book starts with I have a throne section in my house for African writers. The book starts with Twilight and Mist a story of The book starts with Twilight and Mist a story of Ohikwo who on the eve of his 32nd birthday meets someone who claims to be his mother. There is just one problem with this claim, the woman didn't look older than seventeen. But if she is not his mother, how does she know everything about him?
Not as Intriguing as the book title The whispering Trees. Here a young man, Salim, has his dreams of becoming a doctor shattered when he is involved in an accident. Just when he thinks he has lost everything he develops a gift that lets him realize that 'happiness lies, not in getting what you want, but in wanting what you have. This collection is pure gold with characters that jump at you from the pages and breathe your own air. It weaves African beliefs and modern-day life in a beautiful yet simple way that you experience every moment with your heart in your throat not literally.
You have a touch of political oppression in one story then There is a touch of political oppression in one story then you are swept in a wave of magical realism in the next leaving you breathless with every page.
You will peel layers upon layers in these stories finding hope in some and in others accepting death as the natural check of everything good and evil. You will wonder at the decisions of some characters gauging them to your own and will probably applaud the courage of some of the characters. Shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African writing and longlisted for the Etisalat Prize for prose this book promises entertainment, Life lessons and a place in the throne room.