Friday, May 25, 2012

Caineprize – The Thirteenth Caine Prize Shortlist: Love on Trial

Ikhide has issues with at least one of the stories shortlisted for the upcoming Caine Prize for African writing. The story: Stanley Kenani's "Love on Trial."
"It is predictable, there are no twists, we know where this story is going. It is written from a particular viewpoint, sympathetic to the protagonist’s circumstances. I would have loved more complex narrative that allows the reader to ponder the nature, consequences and implications of the culture clashes playing out in much of today’s Black Africa. It is also about the politics of advocacy and literature. Would this story have made the shortlist if it was written by someone with the opposite view point?"

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