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Under African Skies: Modern African Stories

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  86 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Spanning a wide geographical range, this collection features many of the now prominent first generation of African writers and draws attention to a new generation of writers. Powerful, intriguing and essentially non-Western, these stories will be welcome by an audience truly ready for multicultural voices.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 5th 1998 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published August 1st 1997)
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Friederike Knabe
Oct 15, 2012 Friederike Knabe rated it really liked it
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The talent of story telling is widespread in Africa. Oral history is part of the makeup of the multitude of societies that have evolved in Africa over millennia. Through colonial times the traditions of story telling has continued, preserving the rich culture and history of the communities. Published works of African writers were small in numbers in comparison to other continents and literary training the privilege of very few. With the wave of African countries' independence, the situation of A ...more
D Fisher
Dec 21, 2015 D Fisher rated it it was amazing
What a collection! Even the introduction was fascinating. The Telephone Conversation by Wole Soyinka was classic. I loved almost all the stories. Each has something special in its own right. But some I liked more were: The Complete Gentleman by Amos Tutuola, which was just out there and a sort of prelude to The Palm Wine Drinkard; the great Chinua Achebe's Girls At War, which takes us back to the Biafran War; Veronique Tadjo's The Magician And The Girl; Sindiwe Magona's I'm Not Talking About Tha ...more
Apr 01, 2009 Shayna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charles Larson was an English professor of mine and this anthology is phenomenal. I'm not just saying that because he made us read it. After reading this story, I enthusiastically began searching for other African writers and became enthralled in their stories.
Jul 05, 2012 Wangui rated it really liked it
I always think one of the best ways to be introduced to new writers especially from different African countries is to read anthologies. One of my long time loves has been Looking for A Rain God and Other Short Stories from Africa. This anthology was longer than Looking for a Rain God- 26 stories- and had a greater geographical span. There were stories from countries I have never read from before such as Liberia, Mozambique, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Lesotho and Malawi. The points of view of the sto ...more
Aug 13, 2009 D rated it it was ok
Like any collection, some of these stories were good (Mrs. Plum by Es'kia Mphahlele especially stands out) and some were mediocre. As a collection, though, I was still a bit disappointed. When reading these stories, and especially the editor's introduction and notes, you get the impression that African writers are supposed to write about tradition, social change, corruption, war, and injustice. In short, these stories are largely pidgeon-holed into writing about the topics that African writers a ...more
Apr 23, 2016 Ttonistown rated it it was amazing
Loved this anthology! I highly recommend it to every reader.
May 08, 2015 Amber rated it liked it
I read this book for an English Lit class. it was ok - definitely not the type of stories I'm used to with some being just weird.
Nov 17, 2015 Anita rated it it was ok
I can't say I was very impressed by this collection of African short stories. One or two were okay, but most were mediocre. I was certainly expecting more, as most of the authors are considered celebrated African writers.
Apr 10, 2012 Micki rated it really liked it
Under African Skies is a collection of short stories written by African authors. The stories vary greatly in style and content, but paint a vivid picture of various African lifestyles. The book includes folklore, memoirs, and fiction that depict the ideals, dreams, and devastation experienced by different Africans at different periods of history. Thought-provoking and insightful. Recommended to mature readers.
May 11, 2007 Casey rated it liked it
Shelves: adults
Though I didn't adore all the stories in the collection, some were just phenomenal. I rarely see short stories from African writers, so this was a great introduction.
Nov 11, 2009 Alison rated it really liked it
I loved most of these stories, just wish that I could understand them better.
Oct 18, 2010 Judy rated it really liked it
This is a good introduction to wonderful African writers.
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