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Cup Man and Other Stories

Tikum Mbah Azonga

Publication Year: 2009

Cup Man and Other Stories is a collection of eight fictional short stories on themes such as the intrigues of the civil service, drunkenness, theft, matrimonial relations and living as an African immigrant in the West. The stories are a reflection of everyday life with all that goes with it. Each story is complete it itself, with all its humour, wit and figures of speech. Azonga's attention to detail and alert memory enable him to draw on memory and things past in a fascinating way. He excels in the craft of using simple and down-to-earth language, a factor which makes the collection an easy and compelling read.

Published by: African Books Collective

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pp. vii

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1. Cup Man

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pp. 1-11

Pa Shimoon, for that was what we grew up knowing him to be called, was an extraordinary man. When I First heard of the name of the former Israeli Prime Minister, Shimoon Peres - and that was in primary...

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2. The mad Cow

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pp. 12-25

Balemba village was blessed in the sense that it had only high school in the province. By high school I mean an institution where students were prepared for the G.C.E. advanced Levels. Because the high school...

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3. Wrong foot forward

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pp. 26-41

Peter Ngwa Akuma was well known in Azope town, the divisional headquarters of Kulanja. A tax officer for many years, he worked in several parts of the country before being posted to Azope as divisional chief of service...

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4. Lost In London City

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pp. 42-64

The sharp shutting of the door mail flap woke Martha. At once she knew it was the postman. She got up quickly and looked out of the window of the bedroom that overlooked the main road. She and caught a glimpse...

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5. Up in the Air

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pp. 65-79

They had planned it for months. So when they met secretly that Saturday night, it was to do the final touches, the fine-tuning. They were a group of four, calling themselves, ‘The bad gang’. Whenever any...

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6. The coffin maker

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pp. 80-112

He had been thinking about it for some time now. In fact, ever since he noticed the demand for “proper” coffins in the town had risen, he began toying with the idea of branching off into the manufacture of coffins....

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7. Homecoming

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pp. 113-133

Isidore Wamuvud felt very strongly that he must make the trip to Ongola as soon as possible, in fact in two day’s time that meant on Sunday night. The overnight trip (this form of transportation having become very popular...

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8. The turned tides

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pp. 134-148

As soon as the metal gate swung open with a clatter the tore the silence of the night, Ndi sat up in bed mechanically. He had only been half asleep, as usual. He tapped his senior brother, Victor, on the...

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956715152
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956558414

Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2009

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