Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe | Excerpts

“Looking at a king’s mouth,” said an old man, “one would think he never sucked at his mother’s breast.” He was talking about Okonkwo, who had risen so suddenly from great poverty and misfortune to be one of the lords of the clan. The old man bore no ill will towards Okonkwo. Indeed he respected him for his industry and success. But he was struck, as most people were, by Okonkwo’s brusqueness in dealing with less successful men.

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The Drummer Boy by Cyprian Ekwensi | Excerpt

The Drummer Boy by Cyprian Ekwensi - Excerpts - Nigerian Fiction Stories

“With this samba of mine”, he concluded, “I shall always be happy.” “I’m sorry to hear all this, Akin. I would have helped you, but we were just talking about my misfortune when we heard you singing. You see, that place where you are now sitting was once a thriving eating-house, until one of my customers burnt it down because I refused to marry him.” “I’m sorry. But perhaps I can help you,” said Akin brightly.

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10 books to read from 1992

Classic Stories

This month, being my birth month, I will be looking at books that were published in 1992. I was happy to discover that ’92 was a year for good books, many that may even be considered classics. I have selected 10 books that i consider noteworthy either by reputation or from my experience (I have not read all of them). Jewels by Danielle Steel On Sarah Whitfield’s seventy-fifth birthday, memories take her back to New York in the 1930s. To a marriage that ends after a year, leaving Sarah shattered. A trip to Europe with her parents does little to raise her spirits, […]

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