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The Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa's leading literary prize. For over ten years it has supported and promoted contemporary African writing. Keeping true to its motto "Africa will always bring something new," the prize has helped launch the literary careers of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Segun Afolabi, Leila Aboulela, Brian Chikwava, EC Osondu Henrietta Rose-Innes, The Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa's leading literary prize. For over ten years it has supported and promoted contemporary African writing. Keeping true to its motto "Africa will always bring something new," the prize has helped launch the literary careers of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Segun Afolabi, Leila Aboulela, Brian Chikwava, EC Osondu Henrietta Rose-Innes, Binyavanga Wainaina, and many others. The 2012 collection will include the five shortlisted stories and the stories written at the Caine Prize Writers' Workshop. It will be published to coincide with the announcement of the award in July 2012.


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The Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa's leading literary prize. For over ten years it has supported and promoted contemporary African writing. Keeping true to its motto "Africa will always bring something new," the prize has helped launch the literary careers of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Segun Afolabi, Leila Aboulela, Brian Chikwava, EC Osondu Henrietta Rose-Innes, The Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa's leading literary prize. For over ten years it has supported and promoted contemporary African writing. Keeping true to its motto "Africa will always bring something new," the prize has helped launch the literary careers of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Segun Afolabi, Leila Aboulela, Brian Chikwava, EC Osondu Henrietta Rose-Innes, Binyavanga Wainaina, and many others. The 2012 collection will include the five shortlisted stories and the stories written at the Caine Prize Writers' Workshop. It will be published to coincide with the announcement of the award in July 2012.

30 review for African Violet and Other Stories : The Caine Prize for African Writing 2012

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    *3.5* Stars A unique collection of short stories from The African Continent. Written by various authors, they give an intimate look at life in the raw through each character's story. There is sadness, brutality, but also some humour along the way. I really loved some of the stories, my favourites being 'African Violet' 'The Verge' and 'Table Manners', but to be fair, each of them has their own merit. It wouldn't be my normal choice of book but it made a refreshing change and overall I did enjoy it *3.5* Stars A unique collection of short stories from The African Continent. Written by various authors, they give an intimate look at life in the raw through each character's story. There is sadness, brutality, but also some humour along the way. I really loved some of the stories, my favourites being 'African Violet' 'The Verge' and 'Table Manners', but to be fair, each of them has their own merit. It wouldn't be my normal choice of book but it made a refreshing change and overall I did enjoy it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maya

    Favorite stories: Bombay’s Republic by Rotimi Babatunde; La Salle de Départ by Melissa Tandiwe Myambo. Quick spoilery notes: (view spoiler)[Bombay's Republtic - loved this one, humor and sadness in a perfect balance. Great twist on the "Everything is Possible". Nigeria. 5* Urban Zoning - ambiguous (i'm not sure i saw all the nuances as i know very little about Kenya) and yet sufficient context to understand what's happening to Kandle and why. Very good. 4* Love on Trial - on homosexuals in Malawi; a Favorite stories: Bombay’s Republic by Rotimi Babatunde; La Salle de Départ by Melissa Tandiwe Myambo. Quick spoilery notes: (view spoiler)[Bombay's Republtic - loved this one, humor and sadness in a perfect balance. Great twist on the "Everything is Possible". Nigeria. 5* Urban Zoning - ambiguous (i'm not sure i saw all the nuances as i know very little about Kenya) and yet sufficient context to understand what's happening to Kandle and why. Very good. 4* Love on Trial - on homosexuals in Malawi; a bit simplistic and too much lecturing. 3.5* La Salle De Depart - family obligations vs personal life; Senegal; Very good 4* Hunter Emmanuel - the first one that I didn't really like. Maybe because I didn't get what was going on with Hunter; South Africa; 3* Elephants Chained to Big Kennels - beautiful but confusing and chaotic. Kenya; 3* Mama's walk - depressed mother, alcoholic father - read this many times; the ending was very good; Soweto; 3* Moving Forward - YA; very touching; Botswana; 3* Table Manners - a husband diving his wife to madness; Kenya; 4* Bloody Buda - unemployed man looks for money; 3* Things are hard - security guard helps on overdosing pregnant girl and her boyfriend; 3* Pillar of Love - a girl wants to leave her girlfriend and have children; Uganda; 3* Notes from Mai Mujuru's Breast - two friends attempt to steal diamonds; Zimbabwe; 3* African Violet - a young woman tries to socialize with her neighbor; South Africa; 3* The Verge - a woman with mental illness kills her husband; 4* (hide spoiler)]

  3. 4 out of 5

    Judy Croome

    If you're a reader looking for a book to perk your jaded interest in a world with too many homogeneous books, "AFRICAN VIOLET and other stories", the collection of the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing shortlisted entries, is the book for you. These 15 unique short stories depict the reality of this continent: brutal, passionate and wounded. In each, the different facets of Africa glitter with tears of despair, anger, rage and desperation. But there are also glimpses of that spirit that gives If you're a reader looking for a book to perk your jaded interest in a world with too many homogeneous books, "AFRICAN VIOLET and other stories", the collection of the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing shortlisted entries, is the book for you. These 15 unique short stories depict the reality of this continent: brutal, passionate and wounded. In each, the different facets of Africa glitter with tears of despair, anger, rage and desperation. But there are also glimpses of that spirit that gives Africa her strength: even in the darkest stories there is courage and hope, and sometimes laughter. My favourite story is "La Salle de Depart" by Zimbabwean author Melissa Tandiwe Myambo. Her deeply nuanced story of a young Senegalese man, whose family sacrificed everything to send him to America expecting him to help uplift the rest of the extended family, and the struggle between the Western value of individualism versus the African value of family collectivism, was a poignant masterpiece. Every person who feels the conflict between their love for their family and a desire to meet personal goals will find this story resonating with them. Another excellent story is "African Violet" by South African author Rehana Rossouw. Who would think that the offering of a small pot plant could so brilliantly represent both the intense struggle and deeply ingrained prejudices that post-apartheid South Africa must deal with? Although I've mentioned only two of my favourites, each story in this collection provides an excellent read, as is expected from a competition of this calibre, and every reader will no doubt find their personal favourite.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Wamuyu Kiragu

    I enjoyed the stories.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley Champagne

  6. 4 out of 5

    sharon

  7. 4 out of 5

    Farida

  8. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Ibu

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anjuli

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Olagoke

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lulu Opio

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julia Bouie

  14. 5 out of 5

    Daphne

  15. 4 out of 5

    Em Rain

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  17. 4 out of 5

    Camila

  18. 4 out of 5

    CCL1812

  19. 4 out of 5

    Charlott

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lede

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lunga

  23. 4 out of 5

    Barry Gilder

  24. 4 out of 5

    Veena

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bwana Mdogo

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maponga

    I want more 😂 the stories are soooo good!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Niamh Ni ruairc

  29. 5 out of 5

    Aruna

  30. 4 out of 5

    Troy Onyango

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