Hola fellow bloggers and lovely readers out there, after our trip to Scotland, USA and Nigeria to meet our first three amazing wordsmiths, are you ready to visit Buxton of Derbyshire, England to meet fantastic storyteller. I would like you to meet fantastic Dan Rhodes; best known for his novel Timoleon Vieta Come Home published in 2003. He has mastered the art of putting an entire punch of the story in a compact form. Anthropology: and a hundred other stories is his debut book which is an anthology of 101 stories about girlfriends written exactly in 101 words each. With this book, he has proved himself to be a commander of words.
However, I would like to pick up “Don’t tell me the truth about love” as my TBR. This book is written by Rhodes while he was living on London Road, Shefilled during 1996 – 97. As the title suggests, all the 7 stories in the book are about love and as stated by Simon Beckett, in his review for The Guardian ‘blow through the cobwebs of a much-handled subject like fresh air’. Stories are packed with a quirky fairytale, magic realism which adds a different flavor to the good old love stories. The book available here in India on Amazon got an amazing red cover with a blue broken heart at the center. Book name is written around the heart in the font just as complex as the love is. That’s it. Simple, yet showing all the complexity of the relationships.
Come grab your copy and enjoy these magically real love stories by Dan Rhodes.
If you are interested in a true sense of feminism, then you must be aware of this Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It’s day 3 of April A to Z and it’s time to take our journey to Nigeria. I was first introduced to Chimamanda through a video of a booktuber, Ariel Bissett where she talks about her book “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions”. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response to the request she received from her dear childhood friend asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist.
Chimamanda is delivered her famous talk about “We should all be feminist” at TEDx where she shared her experience of being African Feminist and her views on gender expectations which brought her in front of a wide audience across the world. The talk is later published by Harper Collins as a standalone volume by the same name. But today I want to introduce you to one of her short story collections “The thing around your neck”. While reviewing this book, Daily Telegraph said, ‘She makes storytelling seem as easy as birdsong’.
This collection has 12 stories covering the whole bunch of human emotions and aspects of life like religion, dreams, fears, etc. The stories are set in violence-torn Africa where fear for life is a constant and everyone aspires to ‘American Dream’. But the dream is not as merry as they expected for everyone. First published in 2009, Adichie has marked her sign on the literary world with her signature emotional wisdom.
I am eagerly waiting to start reading this book as it is going to be my introduction to African society. Hope you will enjoy these stories too. You can grab your copy from following links.
I bet, there won’t be a soul on earth who haven’t heard a single story in a life. When you are born, your life starts with listening to a story. You are introduced to this amazing form of narration by your own kathaka, Your Mother. As you grow old, many more storytellers take the stage to entertain you.
Personally, I am very fascinated with the stories and the art of storytelling. So to give a tribute to the art of storytelling, I present you 26 pieces on the short story collections by 26 amazing authors around the world which are on my TBR list for this #BlogchatterAtoZ. So guys, if you are bibliophile and storylover, please stay tuned this blog feed and enjoy my previews about these 26 short story collections in April A to Z Challenge 2018.