Voice of America

Voice of America E C Osondu s debut collection of short stories Many of the characters here have a relationship of sorts with the US be it the refugee children who dream of being adopted by US parents or the mother w

  • Title: Voice of America
  • Author: E.C. Osondu
  • ISBN: 9780061990861
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Hardcover
  • E C Osondu s debut collection of short stories Many of the characters here have a relationship of sorts with the US, be it the refugee children who dream of being adopted by US parents or the mother who writes to her son who has emigrated to the US asking why his Western Union payments to her have dried up.He casts a pitiless eye on Nigeria brutally artless on the commodE C Osondu s debut collection of short stories Many of the characters here have a relationship of sorts with the US, be it the refugee children who dream of being adopted by US parents or the mother who writes to her son who has emigrated to the US asking why his Western Union payments to her have dried up.He casts a pitiless eye on Nigeria brutally artless on the commodification of women and young girls in much of Nigerian society, the wastrel dreams of many of its young men, and the savagery of the police force.

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    1. To Nigerians in Osundo’s tales, America voice is a siren calling many to be dashed on the rocks of disappointment. But given how many awful things are shown here about Nigeria, it is no wonder. Osundo shows us working and middle class Nigerians both in the USA and in Africa, struggling not only with issues relating to emigration, but with personal injustices aplenty. One might think from reading these stories that almost all Nigerian men cheat on their wives, and not only cheat, but establish [...]

    2. I am fully on board the short story train now. There have been so many stellar collections in the past few years. This one actually came out last November and I finally dug it out of the "to be read" pile. I'll actually post pictures of that pile one day.Osondu's stories are set in Nigeria and the U.S. and focus mainly on the hopes and dreams of the Nigerian people. Young boys living in a refugee camp dreaming of being adopted and living abroad. A young man sent to study in America by the hard w [...]

    3. I found the stories in this collection somewhat uneven, not so much for the way they were written, but partly because of their structure. But the stories sound true, at least to those of us who are long-term residents of West Africa.

    4. This debut collection of 18 short stories (all of which I believe were previously published in various literary journals and magazines) combine to paint a vivid picture of the lives of everyday Nigerians and of Nigerian immigrants to America. (Nigerians are by far the largest African immigrant nationality in the U.S. and I happen to live in one of the largest concentrations of them.) The title is very apt, as almost every story has some kind of connection to America, even if it's just as a roads [...]

    5. There are eighteen different short stories in this debut collection by Osandu, a Nigerian-born writer who got his MFA at Syracuse and now teaches and writes in the USA. I am reminded of the powerful collection of short stories Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan. Akpan sought to teach about stark and troubling class, ethnic, gender, and religious struggles in a range of nations across the African continent, and there was a constant subtextual call for compassion throughout his short stoires. He [...]

    6. I selected Voice of America for the Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge: An Author from Africa and read it in March for BB's 50 Shades of Green challenge. Each short story details intersections between Nigerian characters and their ideas of, expectations for, and conflicts with life in America. While I don't usually go in for short stories, this collection was so approachable. Osondu's characters, while perhaps not always likeable, are appealing and realistically human in their struggles. Magic [...]

    7. africanbookaddict.wordpressI bought this book because Osondu's story "Waiting" won the Caine's Prize in 2009 and I found it very touching. I wanted to read more of his stories and I'm quite satisfied with my overall reading experience of the book.Some stories were meh. I found a lot of similarities of the Nigerian experiences in America/in Nigeria to be the same for Ghanaians in America/in Ghanawell, not as extreme, but quite close. Issues of childless marriages, (arranged) marriages, kidnapping [...]

    8. These short stories give a taste of the differences between life in Nigeria and the U.S. and the difficulties faced by those who straddle both worlds. Osondu has a sharp writing style- not many words are used to convey a personality of a character and his or her cultural perspectives. Oftentimes, I found his style to be jarring. The story would be going along at one pace and suddenly a major happening would be very anticlimactically presented in just one sentence, leaving me shaken for a moment [...]

    9. In this collection of stories, Osondu portrays Nigerians (both in his homeland, and here in America) in an honest, unflinching light. He uses fascinating details to underscore the violence and desolation like how displaced children in refugee camps, the result of civil wars, name each other by the T-shirts they receive from foreign aid workers offering help. He offers intimate portraits of desperation and judgement, as well as insight into cultural differences and beliefs. He highlights the diff [...]

    10. I was quite pleased with this short-story collection, and that surprised me because I have been down on short stories for a couple years (after loving them for most of my life). Many of the stories share themes of the old ways or traditions helping or hindering Nigerian immigrants to the United States or Nigerians living in a changing country--mainly the city of Lagos. I am not familiar enough with Nigeria's diverse cultures to know how accurate any of these stories are, but I do know good writi [...]

    11. I enjoyed "Voices of America" by E. C. Esondu. The book is a collection of short stories. Most are set in Lagos. A few are set in different American states. I appreciated the accessibility of the stories. I also liked the the length- not too long, not too short. The stories themselves are quite fascinating and I would guess a great glimpse of life in another part of the world and/or for a different group of people in America- first generation immigrants. Well worth the read.

    12. Really good stark debut collection. Osondu's fiction is funny, brash, misanthropist, and sad. Voice of America is an ironic title as he switches between narratives about Nigerian society and the specific ways that society is harsh and punishing, and Nigerian diaspora in America. Hugely worth a read for those interested in contemporary fiction about Nigeria beyond Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Not quite The voice, but certainly a voice of Nigeria.

    13. Set in Nigeria and the U.S "Voice of America" is a collection of short stories that move from the fears and dreams of boys and girls in villages and refugee camps to the disillusionment and confusion of young married couples living in America, and then back to bustling Lagos. The book is humorous. It is also very sad, very hopeful, very real, and very beautiful.

    14. There were a lot of stories in this collection, and I'm not generally a fan of short shorts. However, a number of them left a deep impression on me, especially the last from which the collection got it's name. It is indeed a fact, and I think Wikileaks has made this even more obvious, that Nigeria and Nigerians leave a lot in the shadow of America.

    15. Excellent read! I love Nigerian authors and respect their strong literary tradition. This collection of short stories will take you from the continent of Africa to America. The writing is strong and incisive.

    16. Initially difficult to get into but worth reading. Lots of insights into Nigeria: from those in the country wanting to get to America and from those in America thinking of home. Interesting characters and a good mix of modern issues and old customs. Would read more from this author.

    17. A great collection of short stories; I bought it without realising it wasn't just a novel but I actually really enjoyed the format.

    18. Short stories set in Nigeria and the U.S. Pretty funny, and as a first-geneartion I could relate to some of the stories, even though I'm not Nigerian.

    19. Short stories about Nigeria and the fascination of everything American and the irony that their "real" experiences of Americans is of drunk prostitute using oil workers.

    20. The voice of Africa you do what you must to survive. Depressing to hear what people have to do to survive even with an education

    21. Hilarious in all parts, very well written, heartbreaking too. I feel guilty for laughing at many of the endings of the various stories.

    22. Not an easy read by any shot, but worth plugging through. Stories we don't normally hear in the Western world, well written.

    23. Awesome writing, mainly if the Nigerian emigre experience, US version. Gender issues are front and centre and sympathetically handled. Great stuff

    24. Voice of America is a collection of one chapter stories about Nigerians. Some of the stories are uplifting and joyful, some are heartbreaking. All the stories are thought provoking.

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