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Love is Power or Something Like That

S confidante Men and women can be objects of fantasy the subject of beery solilouies They can be trophies or status symbols Or they can be overwhelming in their needIn these wide ranging stories A Igoni Barrett roams the streets with people from all stations of life A man with acute halitosis navigates the chaos of the Lagos bus system A mino. A collection of stories of uncommon power A few did not grab several wallopped me A rich and talented writer The 7 Components of Transformative Organizing Theory ranging stories A Igoni Barrett The Big Golden Book of Poetry roams the streets with people from all stations of life A man with acute halitosis navigates the chaos of the Lagos bus system A mino. A collection of stories of uncommon power A few did not grab several wallopped me A

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Vivid powerful stories of contemporary Nigeria from a talented young author One of the Millions 's Most Anticipated Books of 2013 When it comes to love things are not always what they seem In contemporary Lagos a young boy may pose as a woman online and a maid may be suspected of sleeping with her employer and yet still become a young wife’. Love is Power or Something Like That hopefully heralds what I hope will be the breakthrough of a very talented writer I read each of the nine stories with mounting excitement There is not one false note or one less than sterling story in the bunch The theme is loosely about love Love means you make me happy until you don t but nothing even close to romance drives the stories Rather each is a furtive look into the flawed lives of damaged characters living in modern day Nigeriaand focuses on the sometimes tragic sometimes comedic sometimes poignant and sometimes misguided condition of the human heartIn the eponymous story a seething policeman overinflated with a love of authority becomes a tyrant when he dons his uniform even to his wife Yet Mr Barrett does not indulge in one dimensional characterizations Eghobamien Adrawus is not only an abusive ethically compromised tyrant he is also a loving father who craves the nurturing that his wife providesIn another Godspeed and Perpetua Mr Barrett autopsies the painfully slow unraveling of an arranged marriage between a Nigerian civil servant and his much younger and beautiful trophy wife Mr Barrett meticulously delineates the shifts between husband and wife and the power plays created by the uneual love of their daughterThe Shape of a Full Circle one of my favorites introduces young teenager Dimi Abrakasa who loses the family money that is meant to go towards food The lovehate relationship he has with his alcoholic mother is beautifully rendered when his mother has what she needs she strikes out at him Take these lines Her gaze was reptilian in its steadiness and his eyes luminous from despair were the shape of a full circle When Daoju Anabraba s smile playing on her chapped lips uttered the words I hate your eyes my son he slapped her Filled with betrayal dejection and hope and cackling with energy and confidence this wonderful collection renews my faith in the future of short stories Ignoni Barrett can proudly take his place next to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and other celebrated contemporary Nigerian writers through his skillful renderings Wild Man Creek (Virgin River, romance drives the stories Rather each is a furtive look into the flawed lives of damaged characters living in modern day Nigeriaand focuses on the sometimes tragic sometimes comedic sometimes poignant and sometimes misguided condition of the human heartIn the eponymous story a seething policeman overinflated with a love of authority becomes a tyrant when he dons his uniform even to his wife Yet Mr Barrett does not indulge in one dimensional characterizations Eghobamien Adrawus is not only an abusive ethically compromised tyrant he is also a loving father who craves the nurturing that his wife providesIn another Godspeed and Perpetua Mr Barrett autopsies the painfully slow unraveling of an arranged marriage between a Nigerian civil servant and his much younger and beautiful trophy wife Mr Barrett meticulously delineates the shifts between husband and wife and the power plays created by the uneual love of their daughterThe Shape of a Full Circle one of my favorites introduces young teenager Dimi Abrakasa who loses the family money that is meant to go towards food The lovehate Homewrecker rendered when his mother has what she needs she strikes out at him Take these lines Her gaze was Make your own model forts & castles reptilian in its steadiness and his eyes luminous from despair were the shape of a full circle When Daoju Anabraba s smile playing on her chapped lips uttered the words I hate your eyes my son he slapped her Filled with betrayal dejection and hope and cackling with energy and confidence this wonderful collection Tremors of Fury (The Days of Ash and Fury renews my faith in the future of short stories Ignoni Barrett can proudly take his place next to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and other celebrated contemporary Nigerian writers through his skillful How Julian and Nigel Turned Each Other Gay (Inadvertently), or So They Both Claim renderings

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R policeman full of the authority and corruption of his uniform beats his wife A family’s fortunes fall from love and wealth to infidelity and poverty as poor choices unfurl over three generations With humor and tenderness Barrett introduces us to an utterly modern Nigeria where desire is a means to an end and love is a power as real as mon. Barrett is amazing at capturing a tone of a character in a few sentences which makes these short stories driven by the people they are about than the woefulness that befalls them And woe is plentifulNever melodramatic always slightly bitter without being nasty we find each story kind of in the middle of the story each ends with a trail that will continue long after this short interlude concludes In part because each of these stories deals with Love not the love of wishfulfillment paperbacks or the love of romcoms or even the sweeping love of epic winter wind swept Russian novels Barrett is interested in the difficult and complicated and not always passionate or honest or helpful Love that we all experience For instance the opening story The Worst Thing That Happened deals with an aging mother whose children love her from a distance or ignore her completely yet in helping a neighbor reconnects with her own sense of self Or Trophy where the narrator befriends a man with a much complicated set of circumstances than the narrator could ever manage himselfOther stories deal with sexual abuse love of career a beloved child s act of defiance and a story of how one man s awful breath and how he ended up at the dentistLeo the white South African in the final story stole my heart and ends the book on the final epiphany Love means you make me happy until you don tOverall a well done and original collection of love stories for people like me Tall man riding. real as mon. Barrett is amazing at capturing a tone of a character in a few sentences which makes these short stories driven by the people they are about than the woefulness that befalls them And woe is plentifulNever melodramatic always slightly bitter without being nasty we find each story kind of in the middle of the story each ends with a trail that will continue long after this short interlude concludes In part because each of these stories deals with Love not the love of wishfulfillment paperbacks or the love of The 7 Components of Transformative Organizing Theory romcoms or even the sweeping love of epic winter wind swept Russian novels Barrett is interested in the difficult and complicated and not always passionate or honest or helpful Love that we all experience For instance the opening story The Worst Thing That Happened deals with an aging mother whose children love her from a distance or ignore her completely yet in helping a neighbor The Big Golden Book of Poetry reconnects with her own sense of self Or Trophy where the narrator befriends a man with a much complicated set of circumstances than the narrator could ever manage himselfOther stories deal with sexual abuse love of career a beloved child s act of defiance and a story of how one man s awful breath and how he ended up at the dentistLeo the white South African in the final story stole my heart and ends the book on the final epiphany Love means you make me happy until you don tOverall a well done and original collection of love stories for people like me

  • Paperback
  • 199
  • Love is Power or Something Like That
  • A. Igoni Barrett
  • English
  • 04 September 2017
  • 9781555976408

About the Author: A. Igoni Barrett

Adrian Igoni Barrett was a winner of the BBC World Service short story competition for 2005 His first book a collection of short stories entitled From Caves of Rotten Teeth was first published in 2005 and reissued in 2008 In 2014 he was named on the Africa39 list of writers aged under 40 with potential and talent to define future trends in African literatureHis father is the Jamaican poet and



10 thoughts on “Love is Power or Something Like That

  1. says:

    The collection of nine stories by A Igoni Barrett is a thought provoking read that gives a good start to a reading year Most of these stories except perhaps for the last one are set in Nigeria It is this setting that provides one of the greatest strengths for the collection Nigeria is brought alive in these short stories and for an

  2. says:

    This forthcoming collection crackles with the chaotic energy of modern Nigeria A young boy responsible for his family while his alcoholic mother flounders a man who can't open his mouth for fear of his overwhelming halitosis a man who pretends to be a woman to lure unsuspecting men from around the world a corrupt police officer trying to und

  3. says:

    Love is Power or Something Like That hopefully heralds what I hope will be the breakthrough of a very talented writer I read each of the nine stories with mounting excitement There is not one false note or one less than sterling story in the bunch The theme is loosely about love “Love means you make me happy

  4. says:

    I think I like the idea of short stories than I like short stories themselves However when well executed they ca

  5. says:

    A collection of stories of uncommon power A few did not grab several wallopped me A rich and talented writer

  6. says:

    No Didn't finish this one Got bored and was to actually start the 'Love is Power or something like that' story when my urge decided not all books should be read And since I don't want to shelf it elsewhere letting bygones be bygones Done with this one

  7. says:

    Barrett is amazing at capturing a tone of a character in a few sentences which makes these short stories driven by the people they are about than the woefulness that befalls them And woe is plentifulNever melodramatic always slightly bitter without being nasty we find each story kind of in the middle of the story each ends with a trail that will continue long after this short interlude concludes In part because each of these st

  8. says:

    Just badI only read the first two stories because neither of them were remotely impressive In fact they were uite bad in my opinion and I felt

  9. says:

    Without a doubt this was the best book I picked up last year Not only is the writing alive with precise descriptions that crackle and leap off the page but there is an attention here to characters that I can recognize fully formed African characters preoccupied with the problems of day to day living and loving; laugh out loud humor; unusual points of view; a sympathy for the characters' failings and an overall

  10. says:

    I poured through the nine stories of this book in just under a day This is officially my new favourite short story collection Every story has deeply complex characters whose flaws you may not forgive but you do come to understand The author

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