Christine Lindop "Stories from Africa"

Christine Lindop "Stories from Africa"

Christine Lindop "Stories from Africa"

 

Christine Lindop

Many of the characters in these stories from Africa are looking for something, perhaps a peaceful marriage, or just a new pair of shoes. But everything conies at a price. In Sierra Leone, Ajayi and his mistress Ayo have lived peacefully together for many years. Why change things? A bus conductor in Malawi sees no escape from the boredom of an endless journey, while two sisters in Ghana, living in troubled times, disagree about the way to live their lives. Then there are two families of exiles living in Zimbabwe. They dream of returning to their homeland, but reality can be very different from the dream.

There are many varieties of English spoken in the world, and the characters in these stories from Africa sometimes use non-standard forms or sentence patterns. This is how the authors of the original stories represented the spoken language that their characters would actually use in real life.

 

Text Analysis: Unique words: about 1,400. Total words: 12,010
Hard words: affair, ass, assess, balls, Bible, blessing, bride, bridegroom, clerk, community, conductor, corset, coup, darling, duty, darling, election, estate, ethnic, exile, evil, gossip, gourd, government, independence, joy, lot, maize, mine, miracle, missionary, mistress, politics, pools, pray, pregnant, priest, rag, regime, religious, research

 

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