God's Medicine Men & Other Stories

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These ten short stories, of varying length, intensity and focus, are the first by Ojaide, published in the genre. The title story concerns the spiritual and sexual illusions, confusions and realities to which a young Nigerian girl, the daughter of a pastor, and the people in her milieu, are subjected. In a story entitled 'I Used to Drive a Mercedes', the author satirises the life of a military general, Alfred, and his materialistic and glamour-seeking wife. He juxtaposes the wealth and position of Alfred's youth ...
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Overview

These ten short stories, of varying length, intensity and focus, are the first by Ojaide, published in the genre. The title story concerns the spiritual and sexual illusions, confusions and realities to which a young Nigerian girl, the daughter of a pastor, and the people in her milieu, are subjected. In a story entitled 'I Used to Drive a Mercedes', the author satirises the life of a military general, Alfred, and his materialistic and glamour-seeking wife. He juxtaposes the wealth and position of Alfred's youth and the pinnacle of his achievements: the purchase of a Mercedes, with the dishevelled madness of his old age: by which time his car has been destroyed and his wife has left him. Another story, 'The BookCase', is about a well- educated and vivacious woman's efforts to publish aground breaking book. In what becomes an all-consuming struggle, she ends up paying for her ambition with her life, and only achieves recognition posthumously.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789780231378
  • Publisher: African Books Collective Limited
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Series: Malthouse African Fiction Series
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Come back when you are ready to die 1
The last-born 18
My master's son-in-law 39
I used to drive a Mercedes 53
God's medicine-men 71
The roadblock 89
The major's appeal 108
The book case 121
As in such things 143
The wake-keeping 151
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