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Stars of the New Curfew

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  216 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
This collection of short stories is set in Nigeria and reflects the mad, exotic and often dangerous chaos which reigns there. They include jumbled up voodoo stories, stories of shanty towns and of men from the villages seeking their fortunes in the streets and filthy gutters of the new towns.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 1st 1990 by Penguin Books (first published July 11th 1988)
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Grady McCallie
This collection of short stories confirms that the surreal style of The Famished Road, which consistently blurs the boundaries between the material and spirit worlds, was not a one-off. This collection includes six stories, of which four rely heavily on the same technique. So we meet an unemployed man who flees the crumbling city into the bush and almost loses himself in the spirit world ('Worlds that Flourish'); a patent-medicine salesman whose product keeps sending him into the spirit world (' ...more
Aug 29, 2007 Abigail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Shelves: youmustread
Excellent book of short stories about modern life in Africa, by an African. It's a bit demoralizing for those of us Westerners that have never lived in Africa--but there is a magical element to the book too. Utterly addicting. I'll share it with you if you can't find it at the library/book store, but I want it back!
பதாகை இதழில வெளிவநதது -
பென ஒகரியின (Ben Okri) 'Stars of the new Curfew' தொகுபபில ''Worlds that flourish' கதையின கதைசொலலியிடம, அவர அணடை வீடடுககாரர, "விழி இழநதவன போல நடநது கொளகிறாயே" எனறு கேடகிறார. கதைசொலலி விழி இழநதவர அலல எனறாலும கதைசொலலி எதையும கூரநது கவனிபபதிலலை எனபதைச சுடடும விதமாக அவவாறு கேடகிறார.. ஒரு கடடததில தனனைச சுறறி நடபபதை அவர கூரநது நோகக ஆரமபிககுமபோது, தான இதுவரை கவனிககாத, கொடுஙகனவாய தோறறமளிககும வாழவிலிருநது தபபிகக எணணி நகரை விட
Agbonmire Ifeh
Jun 01, 2015 Agbonmire Ifeh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My three favourite authors, who are widely revered as giants of world literature and have claimed numerous literary prizes to boot, are Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Haruki Murakami and Ben Okri. The literary establishment in its usual manner of boxing and labeling have tagged their writing magical realism, but the surreal actions described in their books, books like 100 Years of Solitude, 1Q84 and
keith koenigsberg
Feb 27, 2017 keith koenigsberg rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A book of African short stories which wore me down quickly. Lots of nifty magic-realism and the extreme brutality of African military regimes make for a never-boring set of circumstances. But Okri's too-short, too-simple sentence structure drives me mad. An entire book of "Ngonko left his hut. He carried his knife in his belt. The air was still. The night was warm. He walked down the path," is more than I could take. Somehow this is "important" literature, but it stultified me.
Feb 17, 2013 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I might come back and changed this to a four stars later, idk, it was definitely at the higher end of three stars. It was definitely very good, I just don't think I'm used to reading short stories and judging them as one whole.

So, like, In the Shadow of War was good, but far too short for me, and hasn't really stuck with me. It was probably the least effective of the collection, in my opinion.

Worlds that Flourish was a much better introduction to the book, and very poetic. It really made me fee
Nora Barnacle
"Zvezde novog policijskog časa" je mala zbirka kratkih priča/novela koja me je malčice smorila na neki neizreciv način, verovatno zbog atmosfere (svi su mladi, bez posla, zbog siromaštva prinuđeni da prodaju sopstvenu krv, da se prostituišu). Prosto, ne volim užasavanje nad svakodnevnom društveno - poltičkom torturom, pa ma koliko daleka da je.

Pisca sam odabrala kao predstavnika Nigerije jer mi se pored svih navedenih kriterijuma uklapao i u "čami na polici". Zapravo je reč o osobi koja je sazr
Dan Sharber
Nov 05, 2012 Dan Sharber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, africa, own
very good book of short stories. the writing is poetic and the stories are engaging and multi-layered. part mystical and part mundane they all chronicle the adventures of various people in nigeria where, more than almost anywhere else in africa, the imperatives of capitalist development combine and modify old ways and old modes of understanding and living. cities and rich governors stand side by side with witch doctors, herbalists and and the extreme poverty of the slums. i first heard of okri i ...more
Oct 06, 2010 Aram rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book got me into Ben Okri. The stories are trippy, vaguely political but only indirectly, and sparsely written in a good way. I like how he blends the unpredictability that you get from living in a place with a terrible government (Nigeria) with the unpredictability from living in a magical place (Africa, according to African mythology). At least, this is what I remember; it's actually been more than 10 years since I read this book...
I only read two of the stories in this collection (which is now out of print), but I was impressed with them. This is a new kind of magical realism than I've ever read before; maybe it has a different name when it comes out of Africa. Either way the language and imagery was impressive.
Jun 23, 2016 Zara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As I read these stories I kept on feeling like there was something I was missing. Why wasn't I enjoying these stories by a well regarded author? Perhaps Nigerian culture is too alien to me, but the absurd in the first few stories felt like a waste of paper.
Carol B.
(I might come back to this rating later. It's difficult to assign a rating to a short story collection when you like some of the stories and really like one or two more than the collection itself....)
Jul 15, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bizarre! I love stories that make you think long after you've finished them. So many themes... repression, identity, globalisation, gender, legend, myth, supernatural, capitalism...
Oct 03, 2007 Amber rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you like short stories set in Africa that make you feel like you just did acid....this book is for you!!
Sidik Fofana
SIX WORD REVIEW: Nigerian lit: surrealist, magic realist, non-idealist
Mar 26, 2008 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think there are 6 stories. 3 good. 3 not-so-good.
Dec 11, 2009 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ben's stories read like a dream
May 03, 2011 Jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written but too magically creative for my taste
Feb 25, 2009 Kit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recentlyread
The surreal flatness of the stories in this book just didn't appeal to me.
Apr 20, 2008 Randy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magical-realism
wonderfully written but terribly depressing stuff.
Dec 03, 2007 Derek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great stuff, full review here
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Poet and novelist Ben Okri was born in 1959 in Minna, northern Nigeria, to an Igbo mother and Urhobo father. He grew up in London before returning to Nigeria with his family in 1968. Much of his early fiction explores the political violence that he witnessed at first hand during the civil war in Nigeria. He left the country when a grant from the Nigerian government enabled him to read Comparative ...more
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