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Stars of the New Curfew

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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 13th 1989)
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Aug 29, 2007 Abigail rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!
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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!
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
Dan Sharber
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
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.
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...
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
The surreal flatness of the stories in this book just didn't appeal to me.
Well written but too magically creative for my taste
I think there are 6 stories. 3 good. 3 not-so-good.
wonderfully written but terribly depressing stuff.
Hallucinatory and angry stories by Okri.
ben's stories read like a dream
A magical collection of stories
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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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