The Whispering Trees, award winning writer Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s debut collection of short stories, employs nuance, subtle drama and deadpan humour to capture colourful Nigerian lives. There’s Kyakkyawa, who sparks forbidden thoughts in her father and has a bit of angels and witches in her; there’s the mysterious butterfly girl who just might be a incarnation of Ohikwo’s long dead mother; there’s also a flummoxed white woman caught between two Nigerian brothers and an unfolding scandal, and, of course, the two medicine men of Mazade who battle against their egos, an epidemic and an enigmatic witch.

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The Airship

04 May 2017
8.0
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s story lies in the strange realm of magical realism: a man named Salim dies, but he has not really died; he goes blind, but he has not really gone blind. In gem-like sentences, Salim’s sphere slowly expands from his intense ...
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News Tower Magazine

08 Dec 2013
7.0
The Whispering Trees is a collection of short stories by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, a Caine Price nominee for 2013. The short story, Whispering Trees, from which the book draws its title, is what interest me the most and for which I am writing this revie ...
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The Missing Slate

21 Jun 2013
9.0
When an author says that he wants to win the hearts of the readers, you know that his story will be different. The Whispering Trees not only won my heart but many others as well. Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s story recounts Salim’s revelation of life ...
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Gukira

14 Jun 2013
4.0
“Whispering Trees” builds as a series of repetitions: “I did not wake up in heaven as I had anticipated (for I certainly had not thought I was bound for hell, even though I had not been a saint). Instead, I woke up in a huge, seemingly infi ...
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Africa in Words

11 Jun 2013
7.0
Hauntingly beautiful! Those are the two first words that come to mind when describing Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s ‘The Whispering Trees’. I’m always very excited to read a story that has a title that instantly transports you. I don’t know about ...
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veronicankwocha.com

11 Jun 2013
7.0
The story opens with a tragedy; the protagonist is involved in an accident and loses his beloved mother. He is at first protected from this knowledge having lost consciousness for a period until he finds himself in hospital. ‘The Whispering Trees ...

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Published:

December 19, 2012

Publisher:

Parresia Books

ISBN:

978-9-789-23725-8

Language:

English

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